This Summer at the Spinney Holiday Club

Hold on tight as we jump in the teleporter and head ‘Back to the Future’ this summer for a fun-packed Spinney Holiday Club!

Each week we will travel to a different period of time, starting way back when at the Stone Age before making our way to the future! Each themed week will feature lots of activities including arts & crafts, baking, games as well as many exciting outings and visits form special guests.

Add to the mix the Spinney Adventurers Club every Wednesday and that’s a whole summer of fun sorted for children aged 4-11yrs! For more information and for the full summer programme please email [email protected]

See below for the weekly themes:

Week 1 (24th-28th July): The Stone Age

Week 2 (31st July-4th August): The Romans

Week 3 (7th-11th August): The Vikings

Week 4 (14th-18th August): Medieval Times

Week 5 (21st – 25th August) Here & Now

Week 6 (29th Aug – 1st Sept) The Future

*Closed on Monday 28th for Bank Holiday

Provided by The Spinney Day Nursery Ltd, Chester, UK
www.thespinneydaynursery.co.uk

More information about the Spinney Holiday Club & the Spinney Adventurers Club can be found here.

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Posted on July 6, 2017 at 1:54 pm

A Day in the Life of the Toddler Room at the Spinney Bell Meadow

Welcome to the Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow’s Toddler Room where we take a look at a typical day to provide an insight into the different types of activities and daily routine that the Toddlers experience.

The Toddler Room Daily Routine:

7.30 – Welcome, Breakfast & Social Time

Good Morning! When the children come into nursery in the morning they enjoy some time to play with their friends and have breakfast if they require before starting the day at the Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow

09.00 – 9.45 – Free Play.

The Toddlers enjoy playing with a selection of toys such as Small World Play where they are able to copy their everyday lives, including dolls houses, farm yards and zoo. Small World Play supports the Early Years Foundation (EYF) specific area of ‘Understanding the World’ and helps the personal and social development of the toddlers as they communicate and play together. They also enjoy looking at books and playing with  other toys and games.

Toddler Room Free Play

09.45 – 10.15 – Tidy up, Song Time & Washing Hands

After tidying up the Toddlers choose songs to all sing together with the nursery nurses. Some favourites include ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ and ‘Wind the Bobbin Up’. Today they also enjoyed listening to the story ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. Next they go to wash their hands ready for snack.

10.15 – 10.30 – Snack Time

The Toddlers have their mid-morning snack in the Spinney Dining Room where they are able to sit and eat with their friends and the Pre School children. This provides a great social environment and enables siblings in the different rooms to spend time with each other. Snack varies but is freshly prepared by our fantastic cook in the Spinney Kitchen. Today’s snack was cucumber sticks and English muffins.

10.30 – 10.45 – Circle Time

During Circle Time the children all sit in a circle and do some shared activities with the nursery nurses, such as counting. Today they took turns to use bocks to count to ten which encourages their mathematical learning which is a specific area of the EYF

Toddler Room Circle Time

10.45 – 11.15 – Activities

The children take part in a variety of activities that changes each day and includes, painting, mark-making and messy play. Today they enjoyed a fantastic jelly play where they able to use things such as balls to investigate what patterns they can make with the jelly. They love to squish the jelly through their fingers, accompanied by much laughter and shrieks of delight! There are many benefits of messy pay as it supports the development of fine motor skills and enables them to feel different textures where they make comments such as ‘it’s cold’ and ‘it’s sticky’.

11.15 – 11.45 – Outdoor Play

The children play out daily in their fantastic outdoor area. Here they can play with their friends in the Mud Kitchen, the Spinney Castle, with trikes and outdoor equipment or just enjoy running about with their friends in the fresh air!

Toddlers Outdoor Area

11.45 – 12.00 – Tidy up & Wash Hands

After a quick tidy up and back in to wash their hands they make their way to the Spinney Dining Room for some lunch.

12.00 – 12.30 – Lunch Time

The Toddlers enjoy their hot lunch with their friends and siblings in the Spinney Dining Room. Lunch is prepared from scratch using fresh produce by our Spinney Cook, who caters for many dietary requirements. A typical lunch includes a hot, nutritious meal and delicious dessert. Today they enjoyed spaghetti bolognaise, followed by chocolate mousse!

12.30 – 2.00/2.30 – Nap Time

The Toddlers enjoy a quiet nap time after lunch where the duration suits the individual child. As they wake up, they play in a different room so as not to disturb the other sleeping children.

2.30 – 3.30 – Activities

When all of the children are awake and have brushed their teeth they enjoy more activities. This afternoon they painted some pictures of their favourite book characters to go on display as part of World Book Day. We had Cinderella, Cave Baby and The Smartest Giant in Town!

Toddler Room Activities

Painting promotes the ‘Expressive Arts & Design’ area of learning as it allows the children to explore using different media and materials, as well as different textures and mark-making.

3.45 – 4.15 – Tea

The children enjoy another delicious and well balanced meal followed by fruit and yoghurt. Today’s tea was chicken fried rice with an alternative option provided for those with allergies & dietary requirements. Once they are finished it’s back to the Toddler Room for Circle Time

4.15 – 4.30 Circle Time & Home Time

After Circle Time the Toddlers enjoy free play until their Mummies and Daddies come to collect them. Here they are able to play together or just enjoy some quiet time looking at books.

Toddler Circle Time

Here at the Spinney Day Nursery our ethos is nurturing children through family values and encouraging learning through play. The daily routine is structured around the Early Years Framework and includes a wide variety of activities, games and playtime that encourages and supports their learning and development.  Although it is a typical day in the Toddler Room they also take part in activities throughout the week such as Jo Jingles every Wednesday.

For more information about the Toddler Room at the Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow click here.

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Posted on March 17, 2017 at 12:22 pm

The Spinney Baby Messy Play & Sensory Sessions

Spinney Hoole Baby Messy Play & Sensory Sessions

Since October 2016 the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole have been running free Baby Messy Play & Sensory Sessions every Friday afternoon. Each session provides an array of messy play activities such as pasta play, coloured rice & rolled oats, water and safe paint play, which the babies adore. We also have lots of fantastic sensory equipment to play with such as lights, musical instruments and different textured objects and material to explore and feel.

Over the sessions we have had a lot of fun with different themes including our fantastic Halloween themed Messy Play with pumpkins and jelly, and the Christmas. We even did a Pudsey bear themed session where everything was yellow in aid Children in Need.

Spinney Hoole Baby Messy Play & Sensory Sessions

Messy Play & Sensory is a great way for babies to use all their senses as they touch, smell, taste and listen. For more information about the upcoming Spinney Hoole Baby Messy Play & Sensory Sessions, please email: [email protected]

Spinney Hoole Baby Messy Play & Sensory Sessions

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Posted on February 13, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Pre School visit to the Community Farm

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The Spinney Day Nursery Pre School have had a fantastic morning at the Bridge Community Farm where they were able to do some planting in the polytunnels. They each had a go at digging a hole in the soil with trowels and planted a runner bean plant. Next they filled in the hole with soil and watered it with the watering can. The children talked about the different vegetables that you can grow and eat, saying which ones were their favourite.

The Spinney Day Nursery Hoole

After a busy time planting they went into the outside dome to do some arts and craft activities, complete with their witches hat that the lovely people at Bridge Community Farm had kindly given to them. Once they had a well deserved biscuit and a drink they headed out to look at a huge Bug Hotel, keeping an eye out for any insects in residence!

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Before they left they collected a huge box of veg to take back to nursery so Claire, our Spinney Cook, could use when preparing their meals. They also had some fantastic pumpkins and some fresh treats for the nursery Guinea pigs, Rosie and Pepper, who thought Christmas had come early as they munched on the carrot stalks!

The children had a lovely morning and look forward to going back to see how their beans are growing! It is fantastic for the children to go out into the community and learn about all the fantastic things that happen in their local area. A huge thank you to the fantastic team at Bridge Community Farm for looking after us so well today.

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Posted on October 28, 2016 at 12:06 pm

A Super Summer at the Spinney

The Spinney Holiday Club – Summer 2016

We can’t believe how quickly the summer holidays have flown by! As they say, ‘Time flies when you are having fun’ and this has certainly been the case at the Spinney Holiday Club this summer.

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The six weeks of fun took the children on a trip around the world as they visited a variety of continents, exploring the culture and learning about the different countries.
Whether it was making Boomerangs during Australia & New Zealand week or African Drumming and cooking Indian cuisine, the activities were lots of fun.

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As the Summer holidays come to the end we hope the children have had a great time and many friendships and fun memories have been made.

Spinney Holiday Club

We wish all the children a great return to school and look forward to seeing them soon at the Spinney Breakfast & After School Club or the next Holiday Club in October Half Term. We would like to also say a huge thank you to our Holiday Club staff for all their hard work making the club as popular as it is!

On behalf of everyone at Spinney Holiday Club we would like to say a huge well done and thank you to all the children for helping make the Summer Holiday Club as fun as it was.

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Posted on September 5, 2016 at 3:13 pm

A wonderful Summer of Adventure!

As the summer holidays come to an end we would just like to say a big thank you to those who attended the Spinney Adventurers Club over the summer.

It certainly has been a jam-packed summer of adventure that saw the Spinney Adventurers completing tasks and quests in the Magic Woods and further afield. Below are a collection of photos showing what the children got up to over the six sessions. We hope they enjoyed it as much as we did!

On behalf of everyone at The Spinney Adventurers Club & Spinney Holiday Club we would like to say a huge well done to all the children for being such fantastic adventurers!

Let’s see what they got up to!

Week 1: The Spinney Adventurers & the Great Australian Adventure

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Week 2: The Spinney Adventurers Woodland Olympics & Carnival

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Week 3: The Spinney Adventurers and the Lost Moon Stones.

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Week 4: The Spinney Adventurers and the Faraway Mountain

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Week 5: The Spinney Adventurers and the Shipwreck

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Week 6: The Spinney Adventurers End of Summer Festival

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See you all on the next adventure!

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Posted on September 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm

The Spinney Adventurers & the Great Beach Adventure

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The story so far…

The Spinney Adventurers latest adventure took them to the beach where they were tasked to find lost treasure and a Healing Crystal. The Mystical Woodland Folk had received a message from their cousins, the Mystical Water Folk, who live in the sea and help protect the sealife. The Wise Wizard had been exploring in the Faraway land, looking for the Healing Crystal that helps all wildlife flourish. He was to bring it back to the Magic Woods along with some other treasure that he discovered along the way.

Unfortunately as he made his way across the seas in his boat a huge storm hit causing his boat to capsize. The Mystical Water Folk came to his rescue and carried him safely back to the beach but all of the treasure and the Healing Crystal was lost at sea!

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After the storm retreated they believe the treasure has been washed up on the beach and now remains in the sand. They asked the Spinney Adventurers to head to the beach to try and find the hidden treasure by using a metal detector!

Of course the Spinney Adventurers were more than happy to help and off they set to the beach.

The adventure begins…

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When they arrived they explored the area to see any signs of where the treasure could be. Having found a ship wreck they thought it could be the Wizards so set to work using the metal detector to scan the sand.

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They each had a turn and before long the metal detector began to beep and the different bits of treasure were unearthed. Soon they had found all of the missing treasure and the very important Healing Crystal! They even found the Wizard’s wand!

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With it being such a lovely day at the beach the Spinney Adventurers enjoyed a picnic and explored the beach; finding crabs, shells and all sorts of different feathers.

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In the afternoon they got into groups and created some fantastic beach art that represented different things you may find in and around the sea.

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Well done Spinney Adventurers, the Wizard will be very happy that you have found all the treasure. Now the Healing Crystal can be placed in the Magic Woods throughout the winter to keep the wildlife flourishing.Spinney Adventurers Club

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Posted on August 26, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Into the Magic Woods….

The Pre School children at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole set out on an adventure to explore the Magic Woods, located just behind the nursery.

spinney pre school in the Magic WoodsThey had heard about the fairies that lived there and wanted to see if they could spot any, as well as the wildlife that calls the woods home.

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They had a great time looking at the dens that the Holiday Club children had made and even pretended to make a camp fire.

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spinney pre school in the Magic Woods

As they walked through the woods and fields they listened carefully to all of the different sounds that were around them. They could hear the birds tweeting, insects buzzing and the wind rustling the leaves.

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The Magic Woods are a lovely place for the nursery children to explore and experience their natural surroundings through forest school type sessions.spinney pre school in the Magic Woods

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Posted on August 15, 2016 at 2:19 pm

The Start of an Adventurous Summer

It’s sure to be a summer of adventure with the return of The Spinney Adventurers Club running every Wednesday. Now in its 5th year, the popular club is a great way for children to explore their natural surroundings and learn all about the wildlife that we are fortunate to see in the UK.

Adventure Club in Chester

The first session of The Spinney Adventurers Club saw the children return to the Magic Woods to help the Mystical Woodland Folk protect the woods from the Destroyers by completing a variety of  challenges.

The adventure begins…

The first challenge of the day was to find the lost animals by following their tracks and return them to the Magic Woods. Firstly, the children learnt about tracks and paw prints that different animals have. They then set off to explore the woods whilst searching for the animal tracks that led to different animals.  After a while the Adventurers were able to find the animals and return them to their homes in the Magic Woods.

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To keep compliment the current Spinney Holiday Club theme ‘Australia’ the children also learnt about the Aborigines and how they would follow animal tracks, look after their natural surroundings and write down stories using pictures instead of words. The Adventurers were tasked to decipher a story using pictures that represented different elements of the story. First of all they had to find all of the symbols that were hidden in the Magic Woods then use a code sheet to work out what each picture represented to tell the story. The children were great at this and even made up their own story using the pictures!

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After a spot of lunch they were ready for their next challenge. The Adventurers were tasked with creating tribal masks to scare away Destroyers. They collected natural materials to stick on their masks before finishing them off with a splash of paint. All of the masks were fantastic and will certainly be good for scaring any Destroyers away!

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The last challenge of the day was to build some dens in the woods. Getting into groups, they set out and made some truly impressive dens that would make great shelters for the animals!P1190193P1190182The Spinney Adventurers Club

It was a great first session of adventure and we look forward to many more over the summer!

The Spinney Adventurers Club

The Spinney Adventurers Club is a Club for 4 – 11yr olds based in Chester that runs every Wednesday throughout the school holidays.

For more information and to book please contact The Spinney Holiday Club on 01244 577948 or email: [email protected]

The Spinney Holiday Club is provided by The Spinney Day Nursery Ltd.

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Posted on July 28, 2016 at 11:59 am

A Right Royal Celebration!

royal theme tea party

The Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow have had a ‘Royally’ good time today as they had their very own royal celebration to mark the Queen’s 90th Birthday. The Pre School children made their very own Crowns, sprinkled with glitter and wore them while they had a little tea party outside in the sunshine. Reading another great book with a royal theme

They have been listening to stories with a royal theme too, including the books ‘The Royal Baby’ by Tony Bradman and ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ by Nicholas Allan, a book that the children all love and even inspired them to colour in a pair of their very own knickers (rest assured they were paper ones)!

Royal celebrations at the Spinney Bell Meadow With the fabulous weather they played outside a lot today, taking indoor activities outdoors and enjoyed playing with the castle and horses to continue the Queen theme.

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On behalf of the children and staff at the Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow we would like to wish the Queen a very Happy 90th Birthday!

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Posted on April 21, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Look what we got up to at the Spinney Holiday Club

Spinney Holiday Club in Chester

We have had a fantastic few weeks at the Spinney Holiday Club over the Easter/Spring Break. It was great to see our ‘regulars’ back and to welcome some lovely newcomers. We hope all the children enjoyed the activities and made some new friends. We look forward to seeing them in May for Half Term Holiday Club!

In the meantime we thought we would share what they got up to at the Spinney Holiday Club this holiday!

Healthy Eating Week

The activities this week focused on healthy eating & active lifestyle. The children had a trip to Hawarden Farm Shop to look at all the different types of vegetable and fruit before taking some back to Holiday Club to do taste testing.

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They also investigated how much sugar is in a variety of soft drinks and made a fantastic display to show the results. The week also included an obstacle course race, a treasure hunt and making some brilliant ‘funny bones’ skeletons! The children also baked some delicious healthy scones to take home!

Nature Week

This week was all about nature and a spot of gardening! They began the week with a visit to Grosvenor Garden Centre to choose some seeds to plant. When they got back to Holiday Club they planted Sunflower seeds, Broad Beans and Peas in little pots to take home to grow. Fingers crossed they will flourish into huge Sunflowers or beans and peas!

The Spinney Holiday Club, Chester
The children also made some rather fantastic Bird Feeders that they decorated beautifully, along with making fat balls to put in them (the birds are sure in for a tasty treat)! They also helped build a brilliant Bug Hotel which we have awarded 5 star status as it comes with a swimming pool for the insects (one of the children’s brilliant ideas was to use half a coconut shell). They also made some fantastic art using natural resources that they had collected on a nature scavenger hunt in the morning, we are sure you will agree that they are fantastic!

Spinney Holiday Club Nature Art

A huge thank you to Becca who runs the Spinney Holiday Club for all her hard work providing such fantastic activities for the children, and also to Yvonne for all her help.

There was also lots of time playing outside in the fresh air in the Spinney Outdoor Area and of course the Spinney Adventurers Club that took part on the Wednesday.

The Spinney Adventurers Club

The Spinney Adventurers Club

The Spinney Adventurers Club embarked on two fantastic adventures over the holidays where they were tasked with the challenge of completing two very special Quests! You can read all about their adventures on our blog at the following links:

Week 1 – The Spinney Adventurers help bring Spring to the Magic Woods

Week 2 – The Spinney Adventurers and the search for the Lost King

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Posted on April 21, 2016 at 10:44 am

The Spinney Adventurers Club & the search for the Lost King!

Spinney Adventurers Club, Chester

The second week of the Easter Holidays saw the Spinney Adventurers Club embark on another fantastic adventure. The Mystical Woodland Folk had left a scroll that told them a story about a King who reigned in the ‘Land of the River Elves’. The King had been walking through the woods to take the Sun Stone to the River Elves when he realised he couldn’t find it and he must have dropped it along the way. As he looked for the Sun Stone he too became lost and was unable to find his way back to the path!

The Mystical Woodland Folk asked the Spinney Adventurers to go to the Land of the River Elves and look for the lost King so that he and the Sun Stone could be safely returned.

Spinney Adventurers Club, Chester

An adventure awaits…

Off they set on their adventure which brought them to a lovely forest with a river runnning all the way through. They followed the path and looked for clues that might help them find the lost King. As they walked through the woods they noticed all the wonderful signs of spring, such as Bumblebees buzzing around, a blanket of Bluebells and birds nests high up in the trees.

Spinney Adventurers Club, Chester

Soon they came across a sign with a crown symbol on it. This must be a clue to show that the King went this way! As they continued they found more signs and eventually came a small stream with a lovely faery waterfall.

Spinney Adventurers Club, Chester

Looking high and low they soon find the lost King high up in the tree! Quest complete…..or so they thought! What about the Sun Stone that he had lost?

Spinney Adventurers Club, Chester - The Lost King

The set about looking for the Sun Stone but came across the next challenge – a woodland maze! P1170453 Working as a team they made their way through the maze to find a lovely tree carving with a bench perfectly placed at the end. A perfect spot for lunch! With tummies full they ventured through the woods looking for the Sun Stone, searching behind trees, under bushes and amongst the leaves. After time spent exploring the area they eventually found it!

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They returned the Sun Stone to the King who was now no longer lost and went on their way, passing by the stream that was flowing too high this time to cross over via the stepping stones.

Spinney Adventurers Club, Chester

With it being such a lovely sunny day they decided to walk right to the end of the woods where they came across a very interesting water feature.

Spinney Adventurers Club, Chester

With the quest complete and another great day out in the woods it was time for the Spinney Adventurers to make their way back to Holiday Club for some well-deserved tea! After they had finished they decided to make a map of the woods where they had been, using some of the things they had collected on their adventure. We think it is absolutely brilliant!

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Well done Spinney Adventurers on completing another quest! We look forward to seeing you for more adventurers in the Half Term Holidays!

Note to parents: This adventure took place at the fantastic Nant Mill Country Park near Wrexham. It’s a great place to go for a lovely walk.

Read what the Spinney Adventurers Club got up to in the first week of the Easter Holidays here.

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Posted on April 20, 2016 at 5:45 pm

Spinney Hoole Pre School visit their Vegetable Patch

Spinney Hoole Pre School GardeningThe Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Pre School had another visit to their vegetable patch that the staff at the Doubletree Hilton’s Care Committee Team had kindly made for them as part of their Care in the Community Project. They last visited to do a spot of gardening in the autumn where they had planted some bulbs and seeds but it looks like the local rabbits have been having a great time as they had nibbled the plants!

The children didn’t mind too much and armed with small trowels and gardening gloves the set to it and began to dig holes in the soil to plant some more seeds. They planted a variety of things to grow including potatoes, chillies and peppers and look forward to seeing them flourish over the next couple of months.

Gardening fun in the sun!

Spinney Hoole Pre School GardeningThey had a lovely time doing the gardening in the sunshine with the help of the Doubletree Hilton, Chester Team. We look forward to popping over again to see how the plants are doing!

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Posted on April 20, 2016 at 12:27 pm

The Spinney Adventurers help bring Spring to the Magic Woods

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The story so far…..

The Spinney Adventurers Club joined forces again this Spring Break as the Mystical Woodland Folk needed their help again. Following a long winter the wildlife were looking forward to spring returning to the Magic Woods to help the flowers, plants and animals to flourish.

Each year a friend of the Mystical Woodland Folk, the White Wizard, makes a journey from the Faraway Land to deliver a very special gift that helps bring spring to the woods. He carries a box containing 8 ‘energy stones’ that are used to put on a special platform in the woods that uses the stones to bring light and warmth to the woods and helps begin the start of spring. Without the energy stones the woods would be shrouded in winter forever!

The White Wizard always keeps the box locked so the Destroyers cannot steal the energy stones but this time there is a problem! He has left the key to the box in the castle at the Faraway Land!

The Mystical Woodland Folk have asked the Spinney Adventurers to make the journey to the Faraway Land and explore the castle to try and find the lost key. Once they have found it they are to open the box and arrange the energy stones on the special platform that will be taken to the Magic Woods and in doing so complete the quest and help spring return.

Never ones to turn down a challenge the Spinney Adventurers set of to the Faraway Land to explore the forest in the hope they would find the castle and retrieve the key.

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The followed the forest path, passing streams, crossing bridges and seeing what they could find. Much to their surprise they found the Faery Waterfall, the red stones and even a woodland warrior who is set in stone until the forest is quiet and he comes to life to make sure it is all safe for the animals who live there.

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Feeling hungry they found the perfect spot to have a picnic before continuing on their quest.

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The Spinney Adventurers continued crossing a large stone bridge and eventually found the castle!

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They searched high and low for the key, checking in the castle walls ruins and even climbing to the top of the tower. After a good search they finally found the lost key!

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Keeping it safe, they followed the path back, taking time to admire the bluebells and other flowers along the way and keeping their eyes peeled for any other signs of spring such as birds’ nests in the trees.

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They had a fantastic day out in the Faraway Land but they had to get back to open the box and put the energy stones in order on the platform.

The Spinney Adventurers Club Chester

Fortunately there was a picture in the box that showed which order the energy stones went on the platform. The Spinney Adventurers looked carefully at the symbols on the energy stones and put them in the correct place according to the picture.  And with that the Quest was complete!

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Fingers crossed once the platform is returned to the Magic Woods spring will arrive and all the plants and animals will grow healthy and strong! The Spinney Adventurers are looking forward to returning to the Magic Woods to see all the beautiful wildlife that spring has brought to the woods!

 

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Posted on April 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm

The Spinney Baby Room Festival of Colours!

The Spinney Holi Festival

The Spinney Hoole babies have had a wonderful time this morning playing outside in the sunshine with a very special activity. Inspired by the Hindu Holi Festival, where people celebrate the arrival of spring with music, dancing and throwing an array of different coloured powder paint, the Baby Room Nursery Nurses created their own colourful powder for the babies to throw around.

The Spinney Hoole Holi Festival The Spinney Holi Festival of Colours

The powder was made from cornflour and food colouring so was safe for the babies to use and they had a great time throwing it up in the air and mixing all the colours. They even wore little white vests over their outdoor playsuits so they could create colourful patterns by wiping the powder on them.

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They really enjoyed throwing the powder everywhere and watching it fall through their little hands, which is great for their fine motor skill development. They all seemed fascinated when they began to mix all the different colours together to create new colours too!

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This lovely activity filled with colours was the fantastic idea of our fantastic Baby Room Nursery Nurses, and it was lovely to watch the babies have such a great experience with the activity whilst sat outside in the fresh air and

For more information about the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Baby Room click here.

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Posted on March 31, 2016 at 11:12 am

Learn, Adventure & Explore at the Spinney Adventurers Club!

Welcome to the Spinney Adventurers Club, the most fun & exciting  Adventure Club for children in Chester!

The Spinney Adventurers Club  allows children to experience and learn about their surrounding natural environment in a fun, informative and exciting way. It runs every Wednesdays throughout the school holidays for 4-11yr olds and has proved a real hit with the children.

Each session has three main aims – Learn, Adventure & Explore with each session incorporates the following activities:

    • Introduce the children to their surrounding natural habitat and therefore teach them about conservation
    • Teach them a bushcraft skill which they can put into practice in the session (e.g. Den building /basic map reading to navigate)
    • Get them out in the fresh air and let them use their imagination & creativity with natural resources.
    • Encourage them to work as a team, as well as on an individual basis, and to develop & grow.
    • Let them have fun & go a little wild!

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The adventures take place either in our private ‘Spinney Magic Woods’ or further afield in location such as Delamere Forest, Nant Mill and the even the beach! To get an idea of what the children get up to watch the film below.

Read about some of their past adventures:

The Spinney Adventurers and the Australian Adventure!

The Spinney Adventurers Club and The Lost King!

The Spinney Adventurers and the Moonshine Stone

The Spinney Adventurers and the Hidden Castle

To find out more information please contact the Spinney Holiday Club on 01244 577948 or email: [email protected]

The Spinney Adventurers Club is provided by The Spinney Day Nursery Ltd in Chester.

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Posted on March 17, 2016 at 6:20 pm

Pre School enjoy a ‘Listening Walk’ at the Spinney Bell Meadow

The Pre School children went on a ‘Listening Walk’ at the Spinney Bell Meadow Nursery today.

Pre School at the Spinney Bell Meadow prepare for their Listening Walk

Firstly they coloured in a big pair of ‘listening ears’ and wore them with pride as they set off with a list of things to listen out for.

Pre School at the Spinney Bell Meadow prepare for their Listening Walk

As they walked through the nursery they listened very carefully to the sounds around them. Looking at the pictures on the list they used their big listening ears to see if they could hear the noises.

Pre School at the Spinney Bell Meadow on their Listening Walk

As they passed the kitchen they could hear our chef cooking so ticked it off the list. When they passed the bathroom they could hear the tap running, another item ticked off the list!

Pre School at the Spinney Bell Meadow go on a Listening Walk

 

Ssshhh…what can you hear?

They were all very quiet as they walked to the Outdoor Area, listening carefully to the sounds around them. First of all they heard lots of birds chirping in the trees, then an aeroplane passing overhead, a car in the distance and even music coming from the Toddler Room. One by one they ticked them off the list until they had heard all of the items.

Pre School at the Spinney Bell Meadow on their Listening Walk

The Pre School children were so good at listening and really enjoyed their walk, so much that they didn’t want to take off their big ears when they came in for tea!

Pre School at the Spinney Bell Meadow on their Listening Walk

The Listening Walk activity was inspired by an observation made when one of the children was talking about the noise they could hear when playing with the musical instruments. Pre School then talked about other things they could hear in the environment around them if they listened very carefully. This supports one of the Prime areas of learning under ‘Communication & Language’ – with a focus on Listening & Attention. It also links to ‘Understanding the World’ with a focus on noticing things in their environment.

Well Done Pre School for all your fantastic listening and ticking of all the items on your Listening Walk tick-list! A huge thank you to the Pre School Team for organising a lovely activity that the children enjoyed immensely.

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Posted on March 9, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Welcome to the Pre School at the Spinney Hoole

The Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Pre School, Chester

Why it’s beneficial for your child to attend Pre School

By the time the children join our Spinney Pre School the children are ready for more structured play because they are now being prepared for school.

The Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Pre School, Chester

All the children’s social and emotional development is built on a trusting relationship with the team who lead our Pre School Room. They recognise the particular needs of the children and understand how to adapt the EYFS for them.

The Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Pre School, Chester
Pre School is good for strengthening social skills by providing a place where the child can gain sense of self-worth, explore, play with their peers and build confidence. They discover that they are capable and can do things like pouring their own drink, laying the table and serving their own foods, along with how they spend their free time and what activities they choose.

The Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Pre School, Chester

Friendships are made with their peers at the Spinney. The children are not only exposed to numbers, letters and shapes, but more importantly they learn how to socialise and get along with other children. Our Pre School children learn to share, take turns and contribute at circle time.

The Spinney Pre School Hoole, Chester
In Pre School their knowledge and understanding of the world is developing as they are at the age where they are starting to ask questions. Pre School helps the children to answers to their questions through exploration, experimentation and conversation.

The Spinney Hoole Pre School Chester

At the Spinney Day Nursery we promote language by having a language rich environment. The Pre School Nursery Nurses ask thought-provoking questions through science, art, snack and lunch time and other activities. Children have many opportunities to (we all love Frozen), talk to each other, read books and act our stories.

Spinney Hoole Pre School Chester

The Nursery Nurses have a warm, trusting loving way that nurtures all of the children and they build trusting relationships with both them and their parents. The most amazing part of Pre School is that the Nursery Nurses not only promote the Early Year’s Foundation Stage but make sure that they children have a fun-filled day.

The Spinney Hoole Pre School Chester

Want to find out more about the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Pre School? Contact us or feel free to pop in anytime to have a look around and meet the team.

Call: 01244 348 520 or email [email protected]

Visit our website to find out more about the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole

Next Steps

As your child starts school you may require further childcare including Breakfast, After School and Holiday Club. Find out more here.

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Posted on February 19, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Welcome to the Toddler Room at the Spinney Hoole

Toddler Room at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole, Chester

The Benefits of the Toddler Room

There are lots and lots of benefits of your child attending the Spinney Day Nursery Toddler Room. The room itself is a visual delight with lots of wall space for the display of the children’s art work (we definitely have some budding artists) and colourful displays.

Art Display at the Spinney Hoole Nursery Chester

The bright and friendly room is well equipped and laid out with activities and toys in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It stimulates curiosity, encourages exploration, promotes interests and provides fun and entertainment that every toddler needs to develop and grow. All our children learn through play and begin to build friendships with their peers.

The leader of the Toddler Room runs an experienced team who work with our toddlers, encouraging them and nurturing them. The Nursery Nurses help the children to be independent by learning to wash their hands, wipe their own faces, serving themselves their own food and support potty training which is all important in self-care.

Toddler Room at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole

The Toddler Room becomes a large open space for the children to explore and develop all areas. The free flowing continuous provision means that the toddlers are encouraged to engage in play that appeals to them with the children’s key person supporting each individual child’s learning and development.

Toddler Room at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole, Chester

Through this the toddlers are now learning to follow simple toddler room rules like washing hands before meals, tidy up time, sharing and to use our ‘listening ears’. During their time in toddlers the children learn to communicate their needs and wants and they build a trusting relationship with their key person and all members of staff.

Toddler Room at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole, Chester

They also spend lots of time in the fresh air playing in our wonderful Outdoor Area, whether it’s creating a ‘Muddy Meal’ in the Mud Kitchen, helping to plant flowers and veg in our Growing Garden or playing together with the outdoor equipment. This is a fantastic place for them to learn and helps support the development of their gross motor skills whilst enjoying playing with their friends.

Outdoor Play at Nursery

The staff also take the children on little adventures in the small woodland just behind the nursery where they listen to the wildlife, go on nature walks and even look for the Gruffalo! We are firm believers in the benefit of fresh air to support the physical and mental development of children of all ages, so we spend as much time as we can outside.

Toddler Room at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole, Chester

Want to find out more about the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Toddler Room? Contact us or feel free to pop in anytime to  look around and meet the team.

Call: 01244 348 520 or email [email protected]

Visit our website to find out more about the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole

Next Steps

The next step of your child’s journey at nursery will be the Pre School Room. Read all about the Spinney Hoole Pre School here.

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Posted on February 19, 2016 at 5:16 pm

Welcome to the Baby Room at the Spinney Hoole

The Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Baby Room

Hello from Baby Room!

The Spinney Day Nursery Hoole has a large bright and welcoming Baby Room with lots of windows that look out to the Outdoor Play Area and the rural surroundings. The walls are filled with artwork that the babies have created with help from the caring and inspiring staff, as well as photos of all the fantastic activities they do.

We understand that the children develop at different rates in the Early Years and what the babies experience between birth and the age of four has a large impact on their later life chances.

The Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Baby Room

The staff provide a safe, caring, homely atmosphere which builds up good strong bonds with the babies and helps them settle in well. We call this ‘settling in without tears’. This not only helps the babies but also their parents on their return to work.

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The Baby Room staff members have experience in caring for babies and make sure the babies make new discoveries everyday by offering an exciting range of activities and lots of messy play including playing with sand, water, pasta, rice, lentils and jelly.

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The Benefits of Messy Play & Activities in the Spinney Baby Room.

There are so many advantages for messy play and the children benefit from the sensory experience which helps them use their 5 senses, but the sense of touch is most frequent. Babies process information through their senses; touching and exploring. During messy play babies will develop hand and eye co-ordination and fine motor skills and what looks messy to a grown-ups is a true learning experience for a baby.

Messy Play in the Baby Room at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole

The Baby Room staff use the ‘Spinney Daily Report’ books to tell the parents what their babies have been like throughout the day, but they also see the parents at the beginning or the end of the session. This helps to build good parents partnerships and positive relationships.

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The Spinney Day Nursery are firm believers in the importance of fresh air to help support development and always try to take the babies outdoors as much as possible.

For this we have all weather suits, wellies and ponchos and often take indoor activities outdoors so the babies can continue to learn and play in an outdoor environment.

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Want to find out more about the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Baby Room? Contact us or feel free to pop in anytime to have a look around and meet the team.

Call: 01244 348 520 or email [email protected]

Visit our website to find out more about the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole

Next Steps

The next step of your child’s journey at nursery will be the Toddler Room. Read about the benefits of the Spinney Toddler Room here.

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Posted on February 19, 2016 at 5:16 pm

A Doctor Calls

Spinney Hoole Pre School enjoy a visit from Doctors Children enjoying dressing up as Doctors and Nurses pr

Pre School enjoy a visit from Doctors

The Pre School children at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole enjoyed pretending to be Doctors and Nurses for the day during a visit from Doctors.

Two of the parents whose children go to the Spinney Hoole nursery are Doctors and they chose to spend their time during the Junior Doctor’s Strike by helping in the local community. They thought it would be a lovely idea to visit the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole to tell the children all about what a Doctor does and show them some of the equipment they use to help people who are poorly.

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The children really enjoyed the visit and loved using the stethoscope to listen to each other’s heartbeat and the otoscope to check their ears! They also really enjoyed putting bandages on each other and pretending to give medicine to the Teddy Bears and Dolls!

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It was fantastic to have parents who are Doctors pop in to talk to the children and tell them about what they do.

We would like to say a big thank you to the parents for taking the time to come and see us and also to all medical professionals for all the hard work they do!

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Early Years Foundation Stage

One of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) topics we often cover in nursery is ‘People who help us’ so it’s always lovely to have people who work in a job where they help others and keep us all safe visiting the nursery.

Having their parents in nursery encourages the children’s social & emotional development which is one of the 3 Prime Areas of Learning.

 

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Posted on January 13, 2016 at 5:43 pm

The Spinney Christmas Fair – Saturday 28th Nov (11am – 1pm)

The Spinney Christmas Fair

After the fantastic Christmas Fair that we had last year  we are once again looking forward to this year’s Spinney Christmas Fair that’s set to be even bigger and better!

Pop along to the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole on Saturday 28th November between 11am and 1pm to see all the lovely gifts, Christmas Cards and decorations that are available. Many of the items are handmade by our talented staff, friends and family and would make perfect Christmas gifts and stocking fillers for children and adults alike.

The Spinney Christmas Fair

Peruse the stalls whilst enjoying a mince pie or delicious cake. Give a teddy a forever home at the Teddy Bear Stall. Accessories your Christmas outfit with some beautiful and unique handmade jewellery.

Looking for the perfect Christmas gifts for Grandparents, friends and relatives? We are sure you will tick many things off your Christmas gift list at the Spinney Christmas Fair!

Here’s just a selection of our homemade gifts:

Home-made Christmas Cards

Homemade Christmas Cards

Amazing hand-knitted Minions!

Amazing hand-knitted Minions!

Very cute Hand-made Christmas Pom-poms

Very cute Handmade Christmas Pom-poms

Gorgeous hand-made jewellery

Gorgeous handmade jewellery

Home-made scented candles

Homemade scented candles

Here are just a few of the amazing raffle prizes available:

The Spinney Fair

Everyone welcome so feel free to drop in!

Spinney Christmas Fair

Homemade soaps!

The Spinney Christmas Fair

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Posted on November 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Spinney Superheroes raise money for Children in Need

The Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow Chester

The Spinney Day Nursery has had a brilliant week fundraising for Children in Need with lots going on! The staff and children take part in a variety of fundraising activities each year to help those children who are not as fortunate.

This year the theme was once again Superheroes so the Pre School and Toddlers have been busy making their own Superhero and Pudsey Bear masks.

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On the Friday the children were all invited to the Spinney Superheroes Party’ so they all came dressed as their favourite Superhero. Costumes included Batman, Supergirl, Spiderman, Batgirl, and the brilliant Green Ribbon Girl to name a few. We also had some lovely Pudsey Bears pop along too.

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All the Pre School & Toddlers had a fab time at the party where they played games such as ‘Pass the Parcel’ and ‘Musical Bumps’.

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After a Superhero run-around outside it was time for the party tea, complete with Superhero cakes!

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The staff also made delicious cakes that have been available for a donation throughout the week which has added to the fundraising.

We would just like to say a huge thank you to all who have supported the fundraising again this year, we will let you know the grand total once we have added it al up.

A huge thank you as always to our fabulous staff who have worked really hard to make this week (and every week) a fun time for the children!

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Posted on November 13, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Children in Need Fundraising at the Spinney Hoole

There has been lots going on at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole this week in aid of Children in Need! We wanted to raise as much as possible this year to show our support and to help children that are not as fortunate as us.

At the start of the week the children all took home a Pudsey Bear Superhero picture to decorate so we could display them all over the front of the nursery. There have been some fantastic pictures that the children decorated with their families so we can’t wait to put them up!

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On Tuesday the children came to nursery dressed as their favourite superhero and took part in lots of superhero-themed games and activities. One game involved catching Spider Man in a web which they had made out of wool!

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On Wednesday Pre School had a special Treasure Hunt in the Spinney Outdoor Area where they had to search high and low for the hidden treasures! They did a fantastic job and all found a piece of treasure each, much to their delight!

On Friday the Pre School and Big Toddlers had the fantastic opportunity to take part in their very own Sponsored Fitness Session at the Doubletree Hilton Club & Spa which was led by their staff.

Sponsored Fitness Sessoin for Children in Need

You can read more about the Spinney Sponsored Fitness Session here.

Spinney Superheroes

We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have supported our fundraising this week and we hope the children have had a brilliant time at nursery.

There was also cakes baked and sold for a donation throughout the week and on Friday the children had  special Superhero Cakes made for them by our lovely cook.

Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Chester

A massive thank you as always to our amazing staff for all their hard work! 🙂

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Posted on November 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Spinney Sponsored Fitness Session for Children in Need

Sponsored Fitness Sessoin for Children in Need

This morning the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole’s Pre School and Big Toddlers had the fantastic opportunity to take part in their very own Sponsored Fitness Session at the Club and Spa Doubletree Hilton Chester  organised by their brilliant staff.

The children warmed up with some stretches and a jog around before taking part in some dance routines and games.

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They were brilliant as they took part in the aerobic-style routines to dancing, playing ‘Stick-in-the-Mud’ having a good old sing-along to ‘Frozen’ and all whilst dressed in sweat bands, aerobics socks and headbands.

Sponsored Fitness Session for Children in Need

They all had a fabulous time and have raised a great amount through their sponsorship so a huge well done to all the children.

Sponsored Fitness Session for Children in Need

We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful staff from the Club and Spa at Doubletree Hilton for all their hard work and continued support!

The children cannot wait to do it again!

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Posted on November 13, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Armistice Day at the Spinney Day Nursery, Chester

The Spinney Hoole, Chester

We thought we would take the time to do our own special Spinney 2-minute silence at 11am for Armistice Day to remember all those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

We asked the children at the Spinney Hoole if they had seen anyone wearing a red poppy and if they know why they were wearing them. Many of the children had said their parents and grandparents were wearing them and one child said his sister had worn one to school.

We explained to the Pre School children that they are worn to remember all the brave soldiers who had fought to make our home a safe place to live. We asked them if they would like to go outside to stand by a beautiful poppy that had been placed in the garden in remembrance and spend a little time in quiet.

The Spinney Hoole, Chester

They all headed to the garden and stood in a circle around the poppy and for two whole minutes were quiet as mice! We thought this was a lovely thing for the children to experience and although they probably don’t fully understand now we hope when they do in the future they will remember the time they stood around the poppy at the Spinney Hoole.

The Spinney Bell Meadow children also took part in their own 2-minute silence today and  made some very special Remembrance Poppies to take home.

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The Pre School children took their time to paint the poppies before decorating them beautifully in glitter!

Armistice Day at the Spinney Nursery, Chester

What a lovely thing to do on this special day of Remembrance.

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Posted on November 11, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Spinney Spooktacular at Half Term Holiday Club

Halloween Fun at the Spinney Holiday Club, Chester

It has been one busy week at the Spinney Holiday Club this October Half Term! It would seem the Halloween Hobgoblins have been out in all their mischief-making glory as on Monday there was a mysterious knock at the door in the Holiday Club Room. The children went to see who it was but when they opened it….no one was there! Baffled, they returned to their activities but were again disturbed when an envelope flew under the door!

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When they opened it they were shocked to see a ransom letter stating that Stripes, their beloved Spinney tiger, had been kidnapped by the Hobgoblins!!! The letter said they would only get him back once they had completed a set of 5 challenges throughout the week, receiving a different one each day!

Though they were very sad to hear that Stripes had been taken, they knew that they would have no problem completing the tasks and getting him back. As they waited to receive the challenges they were kept very busy with a variety of Halloween-themed activities in the run up to the Spinney Halloween Party on the Friday.

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They made some fantastic spider web decorations, spooky zombie hand desk tidies and yummy witch hat biscuits.

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Challenge no.1 soon arrived which tested the children’s building skills as they had to get into teams and build a tall Jenga tower that would stand for at least 5 minutes. Unfortunately they failed this task so they had to do the forfeit instead which was to sing a song! When they finally completed the task they received a clue that would bring them one step closer to getting Stripes back.

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On Tuesday they were invited to the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole as they had Zoolab visiting with some creepy crawly special guests including a tarantula, corn snake and a rat.

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Their challenge that day was to complete a treasure hunt to find another clue!

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Wednesday was the day of the Spinney Adventurers Club where they went to the Pumpkin Farm to find the perfect pumpkin to make a home for nature from. They made their way through the spooky maize maze before finding the pumpkin patch and searching the filed for the best pumpkin they could find. Once they were back at Holiday Club they carved windows, doors and shapes into and created a pumpkin house for insects! Once filled with straw, leaves and mud they put it in the garden. We are sure the bugs will love it!

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Their challenge that day was to get into pairs and draw portraits of each other which were fantastic! Even though they had received another clue they were still struggling to work out what the message was trying to say.

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On Thursday they created some brilliant salt dough bats and pumpkins and made delicious lollipop spiders. They also received another challenge which saw them take part in a blindfolded obstacle course where they had to help guide each other around. Once everyone had completed the Obstacle Course they received another clue! They were so close to working out the message and saving Stripes, they just needed to do one more challenge!

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Friday morning was spent making fantastic chocolate apples and getting ready for the Holiday Club Halloween Party in the afternoon. They had all brought their costumes with them and were very much looking forward to the party games and spooky food!

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Just before lunch they discovered their final challenge left for them by the Hobgoblins! It gave them the last piece of the message puzzle which they had to work out. By putting the words in the correct order it read where they would find Stripes! They rushed outside and were very happy to find Stripes safe and well in the play house and welcomed him back with lots of hugs! Well done Spinney Holiday Clubbers, you have rescued Stripes!

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After a very busy Half Term Holiday Club they celebrated in style at their Halloween Party which was jam-packed with fun games and a wonderful Halloween food buffet.

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Happy Halloween!! 🙂

Halloween Fun at the Spinney Holiday Club, Chester

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Posted on October 30, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Spooky Spinney & the Creepy Crawlies of Halloween!

Childrens Nursery Chester

Today we had some very special guests as Zoolab popped in to show the children some creepy crawlies and other animals. The Spinney Bell Meadow Pre School & Holiday Club were invited over to the Spinney Hoole to join in with the fun. To continue the Halloween theme the children and staff were invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes and absolutely loved seeing the different animals!

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First we met Shelley the Giant African Snail, who was nearly the same size as the Spinney Hoole’s Giant Snail ‘Bazza’, who can be seen in the Pre School Room. The children were able to carefully touch her smooth shell and have a good look at her, some even got to hold her!

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Next up was Tracey Tarantula who was a gorgeous furry thing but was kept in her tank so the children could have a close up look at her without scaring her! One of the Holiday Club children quickly pointed out that she was not an insect but an Arachnid as she was a spider with eight legs rather than six.

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With Tracey put safely away it was time to meet the nest special guest; a beautiful corn snake! All the children gasped when they saw her as the colours and patterns were so vibrant and she was so long!

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Again the children were able to touch her silky body as she was brought round and even got to see her sliver across the floor to show how they move. It’s safe to say the snake was a firm favourite of the group, especially with some of the Toddlers!

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We soon moved on to meet Morag the Millipede with her millions of legs and a Madagascan Cockroach who was huge!

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Last but not least was a gorgeous Albino rat who looked a bit like a ghost rat as one of the children said! With her silky tail and soft fur it was clear to see from the reaction that all the children took a shine to her!

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A huge thank you to Zoolab for such a wonderful opportunity for the Pre School, Toddlers and Holiday Club children to meet these fantastic creatures and learn about where they are from and what they like to eat. Even the babies looked impressed!

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Posted on October 27, 2015 at 3:51 pm

The Spinney Hoole Pre School enjoy a spot of Gardening!

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The Pre school children from the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole had a wonderful time planting vegetables in the new Vegetable Garden at the DoubleTree Hilton in Chester. As part of their Care in the Community Project, Doubletree Hilton’s Care Committee Team have been working with the Spinney children on a number of activities throughout the year, including building the Big Bug House in the hotel garden and the upcoming fun fitness session they are having next month.

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After meeting the team the children had a look at some of the vegetables that could be grown in the veg patch and talked about which were their favourite to eat.

the Spinney Hoole Pre School Chester

Soon the children had their gardening gloves on, picked up their tools and began to dig holes in the soil where they planted the different seeds. With a bit of help from the team members they used a watering can to sprinkle a little bit of water over the newly buried seed and marked it with a small label stick so they would know what veg wouldgrow where.

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the Spinney Hoole Pre School Chester

Once the veg was done, the pre school children’s next job was to plant some bulbs which included Daffodils and an array of Tulips that will be ready in the springtime. They carefully put the bulbs around the rose that has been planted especially for Emily which the Spinney family look forward to seeing bloom.

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They also panted some other flowers to keep the Vegetable Garden colourful throughout the winter months.

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The children had a fantastic day planting in the sunshine and really enjoyed working with the Doubletree Hilton’s Team and are very much looking forward to visiting the Veg Patch to see how the veg and flowers are growing!

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The activity supports a variety of the Areas of Learning of the EYFS including ‘Understanding of the World’ as it teaches hem about growth and caring for the environment, ‘Physical Development’ with the active task or digging with the tools, controlling movements and motor skills and ‘Personla, Social & Emotion Development’ as they worked together and with other people. It also supports Healthy Eating as they are looking forward to growing the veg to cook with!

On behalf of everyone at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole we would like to say a huge thank you to the staff at the Doubletree Hilton Chester for letting us help with the planting and providing a fabulous activity that we can revisit!

 

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The Spinney Day Nursery in Hoole, Chester is a family run nursery that provides childcare for 0-5yr olds. We also have a Breakfast, After School & Holiday Clb for childre aged 5-11yrs.

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Posted on October 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Autumn Play at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole

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The children at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole have certainly been enjoying this beautiful weather we have had so far this autumn in Chester.

With the leaves turning to golden hues and beginning to fall from the trees it has provided lots of fun for the children who love to crunch through them, scrunch them up and throw them in the air and watch them flutter down!

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The Pre School and Toddlers always love playing in the Outdoor Area, be it on the cars, in the sandpit, the Dolls House or on the play equipment. With all this lovely weather we like to take the indoor classroom outdoors so take toys and resources out for the children to play and create with. Even the babies, donning their waterproof all-in-one suits enjoyed playing in the garden!

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The Pre School children loved collecting the fallen leaves to create some wonderful natural artwork and all the children like to play with the toys on the lawn.

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The children have also enjoyed watching the vegetables that they planted in the Growing Garden earlier get ready for harvest with a particular success of cauliflowers! When they have finished having a good run around they have continued to make the most of the sunshine creating some wonderful creations in the Mud Kitchen!

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Even with the few days of rain we have had so far this month all the children have still been outside enjoying the fresh air as they play and learn together in the natural surroundings.

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Posted on October 14, 2015 at 11:43 am

The Spinney Bell Meadow Family Fun Day

The Spinney Bell Meadow Chester

The Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow had a fantastic Family Fun Day and Open Day last weekend.

With the sun shining, the BBQ sizzling and a myriad of games and activities to keep the children (and parents) entertained, our Spinney staff and families created a wonderful atmosphere throughout the very enjoyable day.

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With the Baby Room staff providing Messy Play for the little ones and Pre School, Toddler and Holiday Club staff manning the fairground activities, Tombola, Arts & Crafts and the Raffle there was plenty to do for the families who joined us.

It was so lovely to see those who came and we hope you had a lovely time.

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We would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to those parents for donating prizes for our tombola and raffle, also we would like to thank the local business who contributed including The Alpha Beauty Clinic, Rosset Hall Hotel, Clear and Black Wine, Pippa Lace and The Grosvenor Alford.
We are drawing our raffle prizes today so watch this space for our winners.
Thank you for your continued support!!

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On behalf of Alison and John, the owners of the Spinney Day Nursery, we would like to say a huge thank you to our wonderful Spinney staff team who worked very hard to organise the day. Your hard work and commitment to the Spinney Bell Meadow really made the day as successful as it was.

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Posted on August 24, 2015 at 12:53 pm

A Grand Beach Adventure at Spinney Holiday Club!

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The first Spinney Adventurers Club of the Summer Holidays saw the adventurers travel to the place by the sea where the Mystical Woodland Folk’s Ancestors used to live. They had heard that thousands of years ago their Ancestors found our Island after many months of being at sea. As they arrived a storm hit from out of nowhere causing their boat to crash on to the rocky shore. Fortunately they were all ok, but there boat was wrecked and they would not be able to return to their kingdom without it so off they set to find material to fix it.

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As they were not able to carry all of their items they hid some in the sand, burying their treasure which they would dig up again on their return. When they did return to fix their boat they dug up the area where they hid their items but could not find them all! With the dark winter coming they had to return to their Kingdom quickly, leaving behind some of their treasure that would remain buried for centuries.

The Mystical Woodland Folk asked the Spinney Adventurers if they could travel to the beach and try to find the hidden treasure. Armed with a metal detector and packed lunch, they set off on their adventure.

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When they arrived at the beach they found a number of bottles half hidden in the sand. In each bottle there was a message that outlined a challenge to be completed. The challenges included a Scavenger Hunt where they were to explore the beach looking for all the items listed, which they all very nearly completed – the only thing that wasn’t found on the list was a lost flip-flop!

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Another challenge was to think of something that lived in the sea and to make a sand sculpture of it, using thins they found in the beach to decorate it. There were some marvellous creations including a jelly fish, a Hammerhead shark, and starfish.

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After a spot of lunch it was on to the real challenge of the day – finding the hidden treasure for the Mystical Woodland Folk! They looked for the area that their Ancestors had last been and began to search the sand with a metal detector, each taking turns to try and find the treasure. Much to the delight of the Spinney Adventurers there was lots of treasure to be found (especially sweets) as well as all of the missing treasure! They found the Fossil Stone, Golden Shells, Magic Gems, Golden Stones and the sacred Symbol Stone!

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With all of the treasure safe and sound they headed back to return it to the Mystical Woodland Folk, having successfully completed another Quest!

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They had a great day at the beach and loved exploring the area looking for shells, watching the wildlife and playing in the fresh air!

Until next time Spinney Adventurers!

 

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Posted on July 24, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Adventures in the Spinney Woods

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We are firm believers in the benefits of playing outdoors and for children to connect with nature as much as they can. We are fortunate to have access to a small woodland near one of our nurseries and use this area as much as we can to allow the children to explore, play and enjoy the natural environment.

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This week we had two Woodland Adventure sessions where the children at the Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow and Hoole Pre School went on an adventure in the forest.

The Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow nursery children went in to the woods where they talked about what kind of animals might live there and what type of home they may have, learning the names such as a Badger’s Sett, a Fox’s Den and a Rabbit Warren.

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They then had to find the animal pictures that were hidden in the woods, so off they went exploring the woods and looking for the animal pictures.

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After a picnic lunch in the woods, which they enjoyed immensely, they learnt about the different types of foot prints that the animals have and how they are all so different.

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They saw that the Fox print was very different to squirrels and that the Duck’s was very different to the other birds. We then talked about our own feet and how our footprints are extremely different to all the animals!

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When they had looked at all the different foot/paw prints they played a game of ‘Guess the Paw print’ which they were all very good at. After a bit for exploring and a nature trail across the fields to look for butterflies, flowers and listen to the sounds that the wildlife make we headed back to the Spinney Bell Meadow.

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The children had a fantastic time on their Woodland Adventure and look forward to the next one!

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Posted on July 15, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Spinney Pre School Leavers Trip

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As the sun shines and the school children get ready to finish for their summer holidays it marks both a happy and sad time for the Spinney Day Nurseries.

This time of year we begin to say good bye to our pre-schoolers who will be leaving nursery to start at Primary School in September. Having watched them grow into confident, happy children who are ready for the next chapter of their learning journey it is always incredibly sad to say good bye, but we are proud, happy and excited for them as they take their next step.

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We always like to have a Leavers Trip for those heading off to school in September so this week the children from both the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole & Bell Meadow went to the Candle Workshop & Cheshire Ice Cream Farm. Here are some photos of their day out and as you can see, they all had a fantastic time!

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Due to the Pre school at the Spinney Hoole being rather large and so all the children could go on the trip, we went twice to the Candle Workshop & Ice cream Farm!

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The first group went on the Monday and though the weather was a tad wet they had a fantastic time painting candle holders and making their very own wax candles.

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While they were waiting their turn they also got to make a badge, with a design of their choice!

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After an indoors picnic lunch they set off to the Ice Cream Farm to play and have a well deserved ice cream!

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On the Friday it was the second group’s turn and instead of making a candle they decorated their own pottery animal that they chose themselves.

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There were octopuses, horses, butterflies and unicorns to name a few and the children decorated them beautifully as they concentrated very hard while they were painting.

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As the weather was so good they were able to play on the outdoor play area whilst their pottery dried before heading to the park for a picnic in the sunshine.

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After they had all eaten their packed lunch they set off for the Cheshire Ice Cream where they had a delicious ice cream for their desert!

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The sun certainly shone on the Spinney Bell Meadow Pre School trip too as they went to the Candle Workshop where they made their own candles, by slecting the two colours and carefully dipping the wick in and out of the wax!

Once they had finished making them, they headed out doors to play on the outdoor area in the sunshine, running about and having a great time!

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After working up their appetite playing they enjoyed a picnic lunch before maing their way to the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm for dessert!

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Even with a belly full of ice cream it did not deter the children from taking to the play area for one last play before it was time to head back to nursery.

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It was another fantastic trip and was amazing to see the children having so much fun with their Spinney friends!

We wish all the Pre School children at the Spinney Bell Meadow & Hoole all the best as they start school in September and hope we will see them again at the Spinney Breakfast, After School or Holiday Club in the future!

 

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Posted on July 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm

The Spinney Hoole enjoy a Musical Extravaganza!

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Last Friday the children at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole were treated to a very special concert. Two of our very talented parents popped in to play some of their musical instruments, including a trombone, cornet and tuba!

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Children from the Toddler Room, Inbetweenies and Pre School all listened in amazement and enjoyed singing along to songs such as ‘Old McDonald’ and ‘Twinkle, Twinkle’ and ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious‘ that were played beautifully.


It wasn’t long before they started dancing along with some even joining in by pretending to play the trombone!

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The Pre School children even had a go at trying to play the tuba and cornet, which was a lot of fun but rather difficult to get a sound out of it! It just goes to show that learning to play musical instruments takes a lot of practise.

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Inspired by the instruments, the children even made their own from paper plates!

It was fantastic to have the parents pop in to play for the children again as they have so many times before. We have been very lucky to have them play at our Jubilee Party, Garden Party and Christmas Concerts over the years and although their little boy is leaving us to start school in September, we really hope they come back to play for us in the future!

On behalf of everyone at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole, we would like to say a big thank you to Mr & Mrs Barraclough!

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Posted on July 8, 2015 at 11:57 am

Taking the Indoors Outdoors at the Spinney Bell Meadow

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The children have certainly been making the most of their Outdoor Area over the last few weeks by bringing the indoor activities outside. As well as having regular access to the outdoor where they can run around in the fresh air, they are also able to experience the many benefits that come from learning outdoors whilst promoting the Characteristics of Effective Learning (EYFS).

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Creative Play is where the children are able to express themselves through activities such as painting, mark making, music, dance and links in with the specific area of learning known as ‘Expressive Arts & Design’.

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By enabling the children to paint, play musical instruments and be creative outside, it is not only helping promote their development in this area of learning but also lets them experience it in a different environment – outdoors in the fresh air!

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The children love to build things, whether independently or as a group, and they really enjoy stacking the building blocks to see how high they can make it or use their imagination to make houses, castles or whatever their imagination lets them.

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This links in to many of the 3 prime areas of learning, especially PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) which promotes making relationships, building confidence/self-awareness & managing feelings & behaviours. It also encourages Physical Development as children experience ‘moving & handling’ which encourages the development of fine motor skills.

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Such ‘Construction’ play also links in with the specific areas of learning such as Maths (shape, space & measure) & EAD (Expressive Arts and Design – using their imagination).

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Being outdoors allows the children to play in the fresh air whilst having more room to move about freely. This provides the chance to have a really good run about, to ride in the cars and to simply have a great time playing with their friends.

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Such playtime in the outdoors can help build their confidence, allow them to take in all the smells, sounds and sights of the outdoors and help strengthen bonds with the other children as they play together, taking turns and learning to share.

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The children have also been very busy planting flowers and vegetables to grow with the fantastic help of Julie (Jess from the Baby Room’s Mum) and helping to water the flowers.

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Gardening enables children to learn how plants and flowers grow and allows them to take ownership of what they have planted as they watch the plants grow into vegetable and flowers. By growing their own vegetables from seed, the children are able to watch as they grow and become vegetable that they are able to eat, whether it be a raw carrot or is used in a delicious hot meal that our Cook has made.

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Our garden and Bug Hotel also enables the children to experience the wildlife around them as they love nothing better than finding bugs in the soil and watching the ladybirds and butterflies land on the plants.

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It also shows them how to look after the plants and flowers by letting them help to water them.

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Whatever the activity, bringing the indoors outdoors provides a fantastic environment for children of ages to learn and develop whilst enjoying the fresh air!

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Even if the sun isn’t shining and the rain arrives, the children put on their waterproof coats and still enjoy playing and learning in the outdoor environment.

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Posted on June 17, 2015 at 11:14 am

Vanessa’s Songs at the Spinney

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For those who know Vanessa (or Nessa as they children call her) from the Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow, you will know how all the children  love to sing and do drama with her. Through her singing and storytelling activities she encourages the children to use their imagintaions and they absolutley love it.

We thought we would share with our famailies a couple of the popular songs that the children like to sing with Vanessa at the Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow, so you can enjoy singing them at home together.

‘G’Day, G’Day’ – Vanessa’s own take on the original song with her own lyrics.

Vanessa’s ‘Mango Song’ – a song created by Vanessa

NB: The Mango Song is subject to copyright & permission to use must have been given by by V.Davies

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Posted on June 15, 2015 at 4:07 pm

The Spinney Adventurers and the Hidden Castle

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The adventure continued for the Spinney Adventurers this May Half Term Holiday Club as the Mystical Woodland Folk asked for their help to retrieve the Sun Stone after it was stolen from the Magic Woods.

As the Spinney Adventurers are very aware, the Sun Stones makes the sun shine on the Magic Woods, helping the wildlife to grow strong and healthy. Without it the Magic Woods become dark and cold, making all that live there very unhappy.

The Spinney Adventurers were told that the Destroyers were to blame for the theft of the Sun Stone but had dropped it as they ran away from the woods. Fortunately, some friends of the Mystical Woodland Folk found it and left it in a Hidden Castle, found in a Faraway Kingdom, with the hope that it would be returned to the Magic Woods.

The Mystical Woodland Folk knew exactly who to ask in helping them retrieve it from the Hidden Castle – the Spinney Adventurers of course! So off they went to the Faraway Kingdom to search for the Hidden Castle where they would find the Sun Stone to take back to the Magic Woods.

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They entered the Faraway Kingdom with a map to guide them through the ancient woodland, following the river and passing trees that are hundreds of years old.  They knew the Sun Stone was near, as the closer they got the sunnier it became!

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The Spinney Adventurers passed by all sorts of interesting things including the Red Rocks, a ‘Woodland Warrior’, waterfalls and bridges before they finally found the Hidden Castle!

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After taking a well-deserved break for lunch they once again set off to explore the ruins of the Hidden Castle and search for the Sun Stone.

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They also listened to the story of the castle’s history, discovering who built it and who lived in it many years ago. They also had the chance to climb the stairs to the top in small groups to give them an idea of what could be seen . Before the trees grew so high you would have been able to see right across to Cheshire and North Wales from the castle’s position.

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It didn’t take the Spinney Adventurers too long before they found the Sun Stone which was hidden in the castle ruins and they were happy to see it was fully intact and ready to be returned to the Magic Woods!

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As they made their way back from the Hidden Castle they followed the path down to the shallow part of the river where they all enjoyed a paddle in the water! After a bit more exploring it was time to go home and return the Sun Stone to the Magic Woods, much to the delight of the Mystical Woodland Folk and all who live there!

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Well done Spinney Adventures, another Quest completed!

See you in the Summer Holidays!

 

Today’s adventure took place in Wepre Park in Connah’s Quay with the ‘Hidden Castle’ actually Ewloe Castle.

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Posted on June 3, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Pets at Home Visit the Spinney Bell Meadow

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The children at the Spinney Bell Meadow had a couple of very exciting visitors on Thursday, including a lovely black rabbit, a beautifully patterned snake and two very cute Guinea Pigs!!

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They came with Pets at Home who had very kindly brought the animals for the children to look at, learn about and even stroke! They were all very brave and even some them were even happy to hold the snake!
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It was a fantastic experience for the Pre-school & Toddler Room children as they felt the different types of fur/scales and learnt about what they like to eat and where they live.
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 We are all very much looking forward to them visiting again!

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Posted on May 22, 2015 at 5:20 pm

A Day in the Life of the Toddler Room at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole

Welcome to the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole’s Toddler Room where we take a look at a typical day in to provide an insight into the different types of activities and daily routine that the Toddlers experience.

7.30 – Welcome, Breakfast & Social Time

Good Morning! When the children come into nursery in the morning they enjoy some time to play with their friends and have breakfast if they require before starting the day at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole.

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8.30 – Tidy Up & Singing

9.00 – Good Morning Circle Time

During Good Morning Circle Time the Nursery Nurses discuss with the children what day of the week it is and sing the ‘Days of the Week Song’ and then the Days of the week followed by the Morning Song. They then have a story before the start their busy day ahead.

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9.15 – Planned activities/child initiated activities

The wide range of planned activities ensure the children experience and support development in the 3 Prime Areas of Learning (Personal, Social Emotional Development, Communication & Language, Physical Development) . Such activities can include mark making, lots of messy play, story time and Outdoor Play. Child Initiated actives are instigated by the children through the continuous provision (meaning different activities/toys are always accessible to the children to choose to play with). Through the continuous provision children are observed by the Nursery Nurses/Key Workers daily to provide their next steps in their development which is planned for and often adult led.

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9.45 – Tidy Up (not put away) hand washing

Hygiene is incredibly important and the children learn to wash their hands correctly with hand soap and water.

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10.00 – Snack Time

The children enjoy a wide range of fruit throughout the week at snack. Today they have enjoyed bananas and satsuma which they take off the main plate to put on their own – the biggest bits of fruit always go quickly! They also have milk or alternative to drink at Snack Time.

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10.15 – Planned activities/child initiated activities for half of the group

In the morning, if there is a large group of children they will be divided in to two group and one group will go outside to enjoy activities in the Outdoor Area whilst the other group enjoy the activities in the Toddler Room. They then swap around so they all experience the different activities and playing outside.

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10.15 – Outdoor Play for one group

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10.45 – Swap over (wash hands of children coming in from the outdoor play)

11.15 – Children come in from outdoor play

11.30 – Circle Time/Story Time/Songs

The children love listening to stories and have many favourite books that they like their Nursery Nurses to read to them. They also enjoy singing and dancing to their favourite songs.

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11.40 – Wash Hands

Once again the children all wash their hands before having their lunch.

11.45 – Lunch Time

The children love our Spinney Cook’s food and Helen makes sure that all their dietary requirements are catered for when she is preparing their  lunch from fresh ingredients. Today the Toddlers enjoyed Bolognese and Pasta which went down a treat and many children had second helpings before enjoying their pudding of strawberry whip! Yum!

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12.15 – Brush Teeth

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12.30 – Quiet Time with books on the cushions

The children love their new Cozy Corner where they snuggle down on comfortable cushions and enjoy their books.

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1pm – Sleep Time

The children sleep outside in pushchairs when the weather permits as this has been an important part of the Spinney Hoole’s ethos since we opened 17yrs ago. There is much evidence that supports the many benefits of children sleeping outside in the fresh air to aid cognitive  development. If parents prefer their children to sleep indoors we can facilitate this also.

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2pm – Children wake up – Free-play activities and then planned activities/child initiated activities

The children again enjoy a wide range of activities and have access to lots of toys that they can choose to play with. Such activities include Sand Play, Messy Play, Role Play (Dressing Up & Kitchen), Small World Play (Dinosaurs, Farm Toys, Cars, Dolls and many more).

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2pm – Outdoor Play for half of the group

We have a fantastic Outdoor Area where children can play on the slide, in the Dolls House, create mark making with chalk on the floor and outdoor blackboards. We also have the water play wall , the Sand Pit and a slection of bikes and cars. We now also have our fantastic new Mud Kitchen that the children love playing with. Mud Pie anyone?

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2.30pm – 10.45 – Swap over (wash hands of children coming in from the outdoor play)

3pm – Come inside and wash hands

3.15pm – Circle Time/Story Time/Singing and washing hands

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3.30pm – Tea Time

More delicious freshly made food for Token Tea as we call it, which is a lighter meal so they eat at home with their family later! The Toddlers enjoy meals such as beans on toast, homemade soup, assorted sandwiches etc. as well as fruit

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4.00pm – Outdoor/Indoor Play (all together)

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5pm- 6.30pm – Home Time! See you next time! 🙂

 

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Posted on May 1, 2015 at 10:46 am

Spinney Story Time in Different Languages!

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Throughout March the Pre School at the Spinney Hoole were visited by some of the parents to read to them. This was not just reading stories to them but reading them in a different language!

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We have been very lucky to have parents who are from Russia, Romania, Spanish and Dutch pop into the nursery on Fridays to read the children stories  in different languages and tell them about the children’s books and characters that are popular in the countries they are from.

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The children really enjoyed listening to the different sounds of the words and their translation by looking at the pictures. They even learnt a few words along the way such as how to say ‘Hello’ in Russian (здравствуйте ), Dutch (Hallo), Spanish (Hola) and Romanian (Alo)!

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It is great for the children to experience different languages and learn about different countries, especially when it is their friend’s parents as it enables them to understand that you can speak more than one language and that we are all unique. It is also fantastic for those children who speak more than one language at home as they are able to share this with their friends at Pre School. They especially liked looking at the books that their friends enjoyed being read to at home!

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Supporting children learning English as an additional language tells us  ” Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. When parents and practitioners work together in Early Years settings , the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning . ”

The Early Learning Goal tell us that Children listen attentively in a range of situations . They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.  It all fits into the prime area of Communication and Language Listening and Attention.

We like to say a big thank you to the parents who came in to read to the children!

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Posted on April 24, 2015 at 3:05 pm

The Spinney Adventurers and the Magic Wand

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What a beautiful, sunny day we had for the Easter Holiday’s return of the Spinney Adventurers Club!

The sun shone brightly and Spinney Adventurers Club had a busy day as they returned to help the Mystical Woodland Folk protect the Magic Woods and wildlife!

This time their quest was to return a magic wand to the well-known and much loved Wizard, Autrio, who had unfortunate left it in the Magic Woods a couple of weeks before. He had been visiting the Mystical Woodland Folk to show them some new spells that would help the plants and flowers grow strong after the long winter. As he walked through the woods he say the Destroyers in the distance and went to hide in the hollow of a tree, for the Destroyers did not like Autrio as his magic spells stopped them destroying the natural world. Whilst he was hiding, his magic wand fell from his pocket without him realising and he then left the woods without it.

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Fortunately one of the Mystical Woodland Folk found the wand and asked the Spinney Adventurers to travel to the Faraway Forest where Autrio and his fellow wizards lived, to return it safely to him.

Therefore, with the Magic Wand in their protection they set off to the woods!

The Spinney Adventurers had a great time as they explored the Faraway Woods, finding all the different coloured flowers and the very popular Wild Garlic.

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They searched for all the different types of insects that lived there and were chuffed to find beetles, millipedes, woodlouse, Ladybirds and spiders. They also loved crossing the shallow stream either on the stepping-stones or by walking through in their wellies.

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When it got to mid-day, they decided to stop for lunch near to the forest maze and den building area. Here they enjoyed lunch in the fresh air, played games and made dens.

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After a lovely day in the Faraway Woods, it was time to find the place where Autrio and the Wizards met at dusk to swop stories and discuss new spells. Here at their seated area seemed a great place to leave the magic wand, so the Spinney Adventurers did just that having completed their quest whilst having a truly fantastic day!

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Posted on April 10, 2015 at 10:31 am

The Tweenies enjoy some Easter baking!

The Spinney Day Nursery, ChesterWith Easter just around the corner the children in ‘Tweenies’ have been making some delicious, chocolatey Easter treats! They used melted chocolate to mix with crumbled Shredded Wheat in a big bowl, taking turns to give it a big stir before carefully spooning it into cake cases.

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Next, they each chose 6 chocolate eggs, counting them one at a time before putting them on top of their chocolate nests.Finally they added a little Easter themed flag as the finishing touches before putting the in the fridge to set.

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We hope they enjoy their chocolate nests, and we are sure they will share some with their families!

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Posted on April 1, 2015 at 11:20 am

Solar Eclipse 2015!

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We didn’t want the children to miss out on this remarkable phenomena but nor did we want them to hurt their eyes by looking at the sun for too long trying to see the Solar Eclipse, so instead of explaining to them what was going to happen around 9.25am and that they must not look at the sun (we all do it – when told not to look at something it’s the first thing we do!) we decided to let the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Pre-school children experience the change in light whilst playing outside.

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A few noticed that it got a little darker with one stating that the sun had gone behind the clouds, whilst another said it was the sun hiding behind the moon! Once the eclipse had passed the children went back inside where they were told what happens during a Solar Eclipse and that is what had happened outside. None of the children actually looked directly at the sun as they were too busy playing but it was lovely to hear their thoughts about what happens when there is a Solar Eclipse and that it wont happen again for a very long time!

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At the Spinney Bell Meadow they decided to try a method of viewing the eclipse without looking directly at the sun. They used their outdoor water tray and filled it with water to create a reflection of the sky.

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As the clouds moved over the sun for a little bit it enabled them to see a clear image of the Solar Eclipse in the reflection of the water! Though it took a while for them to see the eclipse in the reflection of the water, when they finally did they were really pleased with themselves.

What a wonderful thing for them to experience!

Photo of the Solar Eclipse taken by RT.

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Posted on March 20, 2015 at 1:44 pm

The Giant Wiggle!

The children at The Spinney Bell Meadow have taken part in a Giant Wiggle today. The Wiggle had a Hungry caterpillar theme and was organised to raise money for Action for Children.

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Before the children wiggled their way around Bell Meadow they spent some time making some fantastic hats to wear. They used lots of bright colours to decorate their own caterpillars.
After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, the children set off on their Wiggle. They had a task to find all of the food that the Hungry Caterpillar eats along the way.
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They did a fantastic job and found all of the food. We have lots of full caterpillars now at Bell Meadow.
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When the children returned to nursery they were all given a certificate for completing the Wiggle. With all of the sponsors that have been received so far we have raised £110 for Action for Children and we still have more sponsorship money coming in.
Thank you to all that have sponsored and taken part in the Wiggle for helping us raise a fantastic amount of money for such a good cause.

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Posted on March 19, 2015 at 12:57 pm

The Spinney Surgery – Pre-School enjoy being Doctors for the day!

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The Pre-School at the Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow have been lending a helping hand to those feeling poorly as they played ‘Doctors’ this week. Following on from some of the children telling them about their recent trip to the Doctors, they Pre-Schoolers soon got to work creating their very own ‘Spinney Surgery’, compete with Consultation Room, Reception and Waiting Room for the patients. They had a look on the Dressing Up rail to find a selection of Doctors & Nurses costumes, complete with real Doctor’s stethoscopes kindly given to the nursery by one of the parents and prepared to welcome the patients into the Waiting Room.

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The Pre-Schoolers made sure they had plenty of magazines in the Waiting Room for the patients to read whilst they waited for their name to be called when it was their time to see the Spinney Doctor, an idea the children came up with all by themselves!

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In-between taking calling out patients names in the Waiting Room, the Receptionist took phone calls and made appointments whilst the doctors & nurses saw to the patients on the bed in the Consultation Room. Here the children asked what was wrong and soon went about giving the patient medicine, putting bandages on and generally making them feel better!

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The children had a great time role-playing and they really thought about all the details of a Doctor’s Surgery based on their own experiences of visiting the doctor and made sure they replicated them in their role-play area.

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You will be glad to know that they were fantastic Doctors and Nurses and all the patients are feeling much better having visited the Spinney Surgery!

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Posted on February 27, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Outdoor Fun in the Sunshine at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole

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What a lovely day it has been here in Chester with the sun shining and birds singing! The children at the Spinney Hoole made the most of it and had a great time playing in their outdoor area this afternoon.

P1080219 Outdoor Play at the Spinney HooleAs soon as coats and shoes were on, they headed outside to play in the fresh air and sunshine. What is really lovely about watching the children play in their Outdoor Area is how they play together. Whether they are playing together in the Play House, taking it turns to go down the slide and seesaw, or just simply playing, it is clear how much fun they have.

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Some of the children enjoyed watching the birds on the bird feeder in the large garden as they flew down, took some food and flew off again. Much to their delight a little Robin landed on the fence near to the Outdoor Play Area and didn’t seem too frightened by the loud but very happy laughter of the children as they played together.

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The children are also looking forward to getting back in to their Growing Garden again soon to start planting vegetables and flowers that they love to watch grow and take care of throughout spring and summer.

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Needless to say, the children at the Spinney love playing outside and enjoy all the area available to them including the Outdoor Area, the Growing Garden, the Magic Woods, the Nature & Pixie House Area and the large lawn.

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Posted on February 23, 2015 at 5:24 pm

The Spinney Adventurers Club enjoy a Woodland Adventure!

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It was back to the Magic Woods for the Spinney Adventurers Club this February Half Term as they enjoyed the first adventure of 2015.

The Spinney Adventurers Club is part of the Spinney Holiday Club where the children, aged 5-11yrs, take part in weekly adventures in the Magic Woods or further afield. They take part in a variety of activities and games which allows them to explore the natural environment and learn about nature whilst having fun adventuring.

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This time they had the task of helping the Magical Woodland Folk, who live in the woods and help look after the wildlife from the Destroyers who want to ruin the forest and scare the animals away. The first quest that the Spinney Adventurers had to complete was to find the missing animal track stones that were lost in the woods. Firstly they learned about what animals the tracks belong to, including the tracks and paw prints of foxes, badgers, bears, otters and birds. Once they were confident they knew which animal tracks they had to look for they set off to explore the woods in the attempt to find them and bring them safely back to ‘The Nest’ where the Adventurers have their Base Camp.

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Once they had completed the quest and all the animal track stone were found they took part in a woodland run where they ran through the woods, jumping over obstacles along the way. Having warmed up and gained an appetite it was time for a delicious lunch and hot chocolate back in the Nest.

With bellies full it was time for the next quest where they had to choose an animal they would like to make a den for. Once they had chosen their animal or insect they explored the woods to find material to build the dens from. After a lot of hard work and great teamwork they had created some fantastic homes that the animals will love!

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The fun didn’t stop there as they had one last task to complete which involved finding the special wooden Story Symbols that the Mystical Woodland Folk had hidden from the Destroyers. The Symbols were used to tell a story and the Spinney Adventurers had to work out what word each Story Symbol represented. Having worked out the Story Symbol’s meaning they could then read the story that the Mystical Woodland Folk had left for them!

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It was another fantastic day in the Magic Woods for the Spinney Adventurers and they all did so well completing the tasks. We look forward to the next adventure in the Easter Holidays!

 

 

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Posted on February 18, 2015 at 6:28 pm

It’s ‘Snowtime’ at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole!

Snow time at the SpinneyIt’s Snowtime! What a lovely surprise for the children at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole this morning as they looked outside only to discover it was snowing! As they watched from the window they were fascinated by the large falling flakes that quickly settled on the garden, creating a lovely layer of snow.

Snowtime at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole Once the short  blizzard was over they put on their wellies, hats, scarves and gloves and ventured out into the Outdoor Area to explore and play in the fresh snow. The children enjoying snowtime at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole It wasn’t long before they were  using the buckets and the outdoor play toys to collect the snow and attempt a snowman.

snowtime at the SpinneyUnfortunately the snow was a bit too wet to make a proper one as the head kept rolling off so they just enjoyed running around and playing in the snow! P1070594They had a fantastic time playing in the snow and watching as the smaller snowflakes began to fall. After a good time playing in the snow they headed back in to the warmth of the nursery where they were just in time for a warm lunch!

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Posted on January 29, 2015 at 4:34 pm

A creative start to 2015 at the Spinney Hoole!

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It has been a great start to 2015 at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole as they have had a lovely few weeks, jam-packed with lots of fun and activities. All the children throughout the nursery have been getting very creative taking part in a range of craft activities including pattern making, drawing and exploring colours & textures with different types of paint.

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The Inbetweenies room & Pre-Schoolers enjoyed seeing what shapes are created when you add food coloring into water and were mesmerised as they watched the colours swirl and made their own marble patterned paper.

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Also, the Pre-School they were not letting the wet and windy weather spoil their fun as they decided to have an indoor picnic when the weather was too bad to go outside.

The Spinney Day Nursery HooleThey also took this opportunity to explore the Dressing Up Box where they tried on a number of the brilliant costumes there are available.The Spinney Day Nursery HooleAs we are sure you will agree, it looks like it has been a fun few weeks!

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Posted on January 28, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Ken’s meals go down a real treat at the Spinney Bell Meadow!

Have you seen the article in the Chester Chronicle about the Spinney Bell Meadow’s fantastic cook, Ken!

Nursery children Ricky & Anushka give the thumbs up to The Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow's Chef Ken Wood's food (2)Ken is responsible for all those lovely smells that waft from the kitchen, leaving many a tummy rumbling for those parents dropping off or collecting their children. With popular dishes including Sweet & Sour Chicken, Fish Pie and Sausage Casserole it’s hard to walk past the kitchen without feeling hungry!

We see eating times as being family times, so we all sit down together in the Spinney Bell Meadow Dining Room. It’s great to bring brothers and sisters together for meal times that are in different rooms, and the staff really enjoy sitting and chatting to the children over the table.

Ken’s food is extremely popular with the children enjoy a slice of his gorgeous, homemade cakes too! With a varied menu catering for a variety of dietary requirements Ken always uses fresh ingredients for balanced, nutritious and delicious meals.

He also makes sure that the menus change on a weekly basis and revisits them with new meal ideas to add variety.

You can view the current weekly menus here.

And it’s not just the nursery children that enjoy his food, he also cooks  for the After School & Holiday Club who enjoy a light tea and hot lunch during the school holidays.

Please feel free to ask Ken for any of the recipes if you would like to cook them at home.

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Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:17 am

Story Fun in the Sensory Room!

Sensory Play Story TimeThe Pre-School children at the Spinney Bell Meadow have had a lovely, relaxing time this afternoon as they had a story read to them in the Sensory Room. They enjoyed listening to ‘Puffin Peter’ by Petr Horáček which tells the story of how Puffin Peter’s best friend goes missing and he goes to the ends of the earth to find him.

Story Time at the Spinney Day Nursery Bell MeadowThey then turned turned on the relaxing music and put the lights on and enjoyed playing with the toys.

The Spinney Day Nursery Bell MeadowChildren of all ages love the room, right from the babies to the older children. It is great to have a space which can be quite and soothing whilst allowing them to experience sensory play.

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Posted on January 9, 2015 at 10:30 am

We wish you a Spinney Christmas!

Spinney ChristmasWhat can we say! We had such a fantastic few weeks at both the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole and Bell Meadow in the run up to Christmas.

The Spinney Hoole had another very successful Christmas Fair where there were some absolutely fantastic things to buy for Christmas gifts and sticking fillers, as well as a mince pie or two! They also had a brilliant Christmas Show entitled ‘xxxxxx’ which of course had the grand finale of the children (and parents we believe) singing ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen (you may have heard of it? 🙂 ).

The Spinney Hoole ChristmasThere was more festivities at the Carol Concert where once again we were very lucky to have Mr & Mrs Barraclough providing a brass accompaniment as the children and their families sang carols with great vigor. Again, pretty sure there was a mice pie or two eaten that night too.The Spinney Hoole ChristmasThe Spinney Hoole Christmas

Over at the Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow they too had a fabulous Christmas Show called ‘Whoopsie-Daisy Fairy’ which saw the children dress in some amazing costumes brought from home including snowflakes, angles, shepherds and Wise Men and had a great narrator in the form of one of the Pre-Schoolers. After a wonderful how the grand finale arrived and saw the children all sing and dance to….yes, you’ve guessed it, ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen!

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The children at both nurseries were also lucky enough to get a very special visitor who had stopped by to say hello and bring the children a little gift each. It was no other than Santa Claus, much to the amazement and delight of them all! After a cup of tea and a biscuit he had to set off again as he had so much to do before Christmas Day but the fun didn’t stop there for the children as they enjoyed a fun packed Christmas Party!

Spinney Christmas Santa visits the SpinneyIt was lovely to see so many of the parents, grandparents and families attend the Christmas Shows, Carol Concerts and the Christmas Fair and again, on behalf of The Spinney Team we would like to say a huge thank you for your fantastic continued support in 2014.

 

We are very much looking forwrad to another brilliant year, jam packed with lots of learning, play, fun and laughter.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

See you in 2015! 🙂

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Posted on January 7, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Spinney Superheroes

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The children at Bell Meadow turned into Superheroes this year for Children in Need. There were lots of things going on in nursery throughout the week.

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The children took Shields to decorate at home and bring back to nursery. We then used these Shields to decorate the front on the nursery building to show everyone that we were being Hero’s for Children in Need.

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The week ended with a Super Hero party. All of the children came into nursery dressed as their favourite Superhero. Everyone looked super playing different party games and even taking part in a treasure hunt.

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All of our Super efforts were worth it as we raised a massive £295.81 for Children in Need. Thank you to everyone who helped us raise this huge amount.

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Posted on December 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

A Spooktacular Week at the Spinney Bell Meadow!

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It was another fun and busy week at the Spinney Bell Meadow as the nursery children enjoyed a range of autumnal themed activities. As it was Half Term, there was also a jam-packed week for the Spinney Holiday Club where the children enjoyed many Halloween themed activities in the preparation for their Halloween Party on the Friday.

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The Baby Room enjoyed messy play with pumpkins and made the most adorable ‘Trick or Treat’ cards.

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The Toddlers and Pre-school enjoyed playing outside and scrunching through the autumn leaves as well as watching the pumpkins being carved into fantastic designs by the Spinney staff. They even made their very own Halloween Treats!

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The Spinney Holiday Club children enjoyed an array of autumnal and Halloween inspired activities including making spooky ghosts, scary (though they were actually more cute than scary) spiders and chocolate apples.

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For their Halloween party on the Friday they had a great time playing Halloween themed party games and had the most amazing Party Tea where all they ate Mummy Sausages, Dragon’s Eye balls, Bat Sandwiches (as in the shape of) and Jelly Brain with ice cream for dessert!!

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Due to popular demand the Spinney Adventurers Club ran on both the Monday and Wednesday as they set off on a ‘Pumpkin Picking Adventure’ at Malpas Pumpkin Farm.

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The grand finale was on the Friday where the children had their Halloween Party and all dressed up for the occasions in the most fabulous costumes!

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Posted on November 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Around the World in 30 Days with the Spinney Holiday Club

displayWhat a fantastic summer we have had at the Spinney Holiday Club! The theme was Around the world in 30 Days’ which saw the children visit a different country each week by different modes of transport where they experienced the culture and learnt about the country by doing a wide range of activities. Let’s see what fantastic things they got up to:

Week 1: Fly to America & Canada

This week the children explored the lands of the Americas travelling from the UK by aeroplane. As this was their chosen mode of transport, it seemed only fair that they would get to make their own paper planes and try to fly them! Throughout the week they made a variety of Flags of a few of the countries found in the Americas, such as Canada and Argentina.

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They also learnt about the Native American Indians and their culture and customs as well as making Tepees and Headdresses!

IMG_4374 Native American Indian Headdresses As they headed towards Central America, they made their own burgers, which they had for their tea ‘diner-style’ and Waffle Sundaes, which they enjoyed immensely. One of the days was ‘Disney Day’ where they could all come to Holiday Club dressed as their favourite Disney character and take part in a variety of fun games and activities. They finished the week with a Carnival Party complete with a Piñata in homage to South American traditions! They finished the week looking at the spectacular Niagara Falls which inspired them to attempt to make their own!

Week 2: Sail to Australia & New Zealand

This week they set sail for Australia and New Zealand but not before having a go at building their own boats and testing them on the water to see if they would float! The Holiday Club children found learning about Australia’s Great Barrier Reef fascinating and decided to make their very own mini Reef to have in the Holiday Club Room.

Making the Great Barrier Reef IMG_4430The children also learnt about the Aborigines and how they lived using very clever techniques to hunt and survive in the challenging terrain, as well as looking at their fantastic dot art, which they had a go at creating themselves.

IMG_4492 IMG_4495After trying to learn to play the Didgeridoo and baking Australia Lamington Cake it was time to sail over to New Zealand where they learnt the traditional Maori dance called the ‘Hakka’.Learning to play the Didgeridoo

They also looked at the various types of native animals Australia and New Zealand have including the Koala and Kiwi, learning the latter was not just the name of a fruit!

For each country they visit, they will make a flag of the countries so they created a fantastic flag for both New Zealand and Australia

Week 3: Hot Air Balloon to North & Central Africa

Making Hot Air BalloonsThe Spinney Holiday Club reached for the skies as they jumped in to a Hot air balloon and set sail for Africa this week. Firstly, they made their own Hot Air Balloons using helium to make them fly before they landed in Egypt to explore the Pyramids (which they made small versions of) and design hieroglyphic stones like the Egyptians.

PyramidsAfter exploring this ancient land they set off for Central Africa, learning about countries such as Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya to name but a few.

IMG_4517 African BeadsHere they made some fantastic African beads, which they used to and necklaces and made some brilliant African Masks. They also learnt about the wildlife of Africa, the cultures and customs of different African Tribes and even made their own African Drum! It was a very busy but exciting week as the explored the countries of Africa!

Week 4: Drive to Asia

Having mastered the art of getting a car to Asia (Made fruit and veg), the children made their way to China where they learnt all about the Great Wall of China end even attempted to make their own one for the Holiday Club Room!

The Spinney Holiday ClubThey also looked at the Chinese Alphabet, learning the letters so they could write their own names in Chinese! On one of the days, we had the lovely Pippa come in to talk to the children about the Indian culture, bringing in traditional Indian clothes for them to try on.

IMG_4572 IMG_4576 Learning about IndiaShe also showed them the art on Mehndi and they all had their hands painted in this beautiful and intricate style.

MehndiThey thoroughly enjoyed the samosas that they made with Pippa and learning all about the culture and traditions of India.

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Week 5: Bicycle to Europe

On your Bike! This week the children rode across Europe on a bicycle stopping off in various countries to explore. The visited Italy where they made cool Italian bracelets and attempted their own ‘Leaning Tower of Pizza’ that was devoured as quickly as it was assembled!

IMG_4611 They also had a look at all the different types of currency throughout Europe, especially the old coins that were in circulation in the individual countries before the Euro was introduced. They found these coin fascinating and created some ancient coin rubbings to take home with them.

photo 4-2 (2)Whilst in Rome they looked at the ancient buildings and learnt about the history of the country including the time when the Emperors ruled! They even made their very own Roman Emperor headdresses from gold leaves!IMG_4615 Next stop was Greece where they had an amusing time tasting the different Greek food such as Olives, Tzatziki and Taramasalata. A quick stop in France to make their own Eiffel Tower and to learn how to French Knit and it was time to head to another country for the next week of Holiday Club.

 

Week 6: Train to the UK

The last week of the Summer Holidays meant that the Spinney Holiday Club children had to make their way home to the UK after an incredible summer exploring the world! What better way to spend the last week than to explore our fantastic homeland, Great Britain! The children started the week travelling on train from France to the UK but had to make the Channel Tunnel first, so working together, they created a fantastic mini version.

The Spinney Holiday Club IMG_4624They then discovered the ancient landmarks across the country such as Stonehenge!

StonehengeAfter lots of playing outside in the sunshine, they made some delightful English Bunting and enjoyed making (and eating) Welsh Cakes. Before it was time to end the fantastic ‘Around the World in 30 days’ adventure they popped over to Ireland where they learnt to make a brilliant ‘Crois Bride’.

IMG_4566 IMG_4559 IMG_4555What can we say? This summer has been absolutely fantastic and we have had such a great time with all the children at the Spinney Holiday Club! Every day has been jam packed full of activities and fun and interesting things to do, see or learn. There has been something for everyone with many arts, crafts, sports and games throughout the week as well as all the activities mentioned above.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Becca, our Holiday Club Leader, who planned all the activities and made the Club a fun, friendly and great place to be. We would also like to thank Els, Vanessa, and the other staff for helping out over the summer.

Last but not least, a massive thank you to all the children who attended the Spinney Holiday Club and made it a brilliant place to be over the summer. Have a great time going back to school and good luck to those going to high school!!

Have a great time and we will see you again in October Half Term!

 

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Posted on September 5, 2014 at 1:41 pm

The Spinney Adventurers and the Australian Adventure!

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This week saw the Spinney Adventurers Club take on an aboriginal inspired adventure as it coincides with the Spinney Holiday Club’s Australia & New Zealand week.

The first task left by the Mystical Woodland Folk saw them try to find animals hidden in the woods by tracking them as the Aborigines do. The older children got into three groups, with each having to find a different animal by searching the woods for their animal’s tracks. Having followed the tracks and worked out which way the animal was going they eventually found them! Once back at the nest the other groups then had to guess the other group’s animal was by asking a series of yes or no questions.

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Whilst the older children were busy with their animal tracking task, the younger ones had their own task which involved searching the woods to find all sorts of animal prints which they would then tick off their Animal Track ID sheet as thy went. They then had to match the animal tracks to the right animals.

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After the group successfully completing their tasks, the younger children learnt about Aboriginal inspired art and painted tribal masks using the dotted technique that aborigines use. Having looked at a beautifully decorated didgeridoo, they created some lovely masks sticking feathers and leaves they had found in the woods.

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As the younger children were creating their masks, the older children had a new task to complete. They had to find all 16 aboriginal symbols written on wooden charms and hidden around the Magic Woods. Once they had collected them all they then had to work out what each symbol translated as by using a symbol chart, before using them to create a story. The children really enjoyed this task, as it was both physical and mentally challenging, but also taught them about how the Aborigines used pictures instead of words to tell stories.

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After a spot of lunch in the woods, the Spinney Adventurers spent the afternoon making some fabulous dens, as well as doing the final task. This involved the children getting into pairs where they were given an animal charm. The task was to find the matching animal charm hidden in the woods before returning to the nest.

It was another great day in the woods for the Spinney Adventurers where they completed all tasks and had a lot of fun. It was brilliant to see them learning about the Aborigines and how they survived living in the bush, with skills such as animal tracking and the beautiful art they create.

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Posted on September 1, 2014 at 9:51 am

The Spinney Adventurers and the Native American Indians

The Spinney AdventurersThe summer holidays sees the return of Chester’s increasingly popular children’s’ adventure Club, the Spinney Adventurers. They returned to the Magic Woods this week where the theme was one that coincided with the Spinney Holiday Club’s ‘Around the World in 30 Days’, this week being America.

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The Adventure Club theme focused more specifically on Native American Indians as the folklore, stories and culture fit well with the woodland adventure that lay ahead!

The Spinney Adventurers and the Native American Indians   There first task was to learn about the different animals that the Native American Indians respected so much that they used for names and told stories featuring them. They were also very good at tracking animals, and this is what had inspired the first task. The Spinney Adventurers had to search the woods looking for the different animal paw prints painted on stones. Once they had found all the prints, they then had the task of looking for the Great Bear who was hiding in the woods as he thought the Destroyers were coming.

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The Spinney Adventurers and the Native American Indians   The next task was to create their own Totem pole inspired structures and dens, using items found in the woods to create and decorate it. For this activity, they split in to group and each structure was very unique and creative.

The Spinney Adventurers and the Native American Indians   P1040152 P1040177 P1040196After a break for lunch in the woods it was time for the Spinney Adventurers to receive their next task from the Mystical Woodland Folk.

The Spinney Adventurers and the Native American Indians   The Native American Indians believed that everyone has an animal guide and the Spinney Adventurers had to search the woods looking for animal tokens. The first one they found was their animal guide and the animal token was theirs to keep.

The Spinney Adventurers and the Native American Indians   It was a great first week back in the Magic Woods where the Spinney Adventurers had a great time completing the task and generally being back in the wilds!

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Posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:01 am

New Outdoor Equipment at The Spinney Bell Meadow!

The Bell Meadow children are very happy this week as they have some new equipment to play on in the garden.

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All of the children have been exploring the new climbing frame and slide, discovering all of the different areas and different slides.

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This is great as not only will it promote the children’s physical development but will also encourage social and imaginative skills.

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We are sure it will help us create many more happy memories at The Spinney Bell Meadow.!

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Posted on July 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

The Spinney Butterflies take Flight!

The Spinney Hoole ButterfliesThe Pre-school children at the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole had a very excited afternoon releasing the butterflies in their garden. They have had the 5 butterflies since they were caterpillars and have watched them grow until they turned into the chrysalis (or pupa) before wtaching with fascination as they emerged from their cocoons as butterflies!

The empty chrysalis left by the butterfliesAfter keeping them well fed with banana and sugar water, it was finally time to let them experience the wonders of the outside world, and what better time to release them than on a lovely summer’s day!

The Spinney Hoole Butterflies The Spinney Hoole ButterfliesThe children have loved seeing the butterfly cycle and were so excited about watching them fly through the garden. They carefully took the Butterfly house outside and sat patiently watching as the first butterfly emerged, took flight, and flew high up above them.

P1030344 The Spinney Hoole ButterfliesThere were many happy cries of ‘Good Bye Butterfly!’ as each of the 5 flew away to find their new homes and enjoy the lovely meadows behind the Spinney Hoole garden. There really is something magical about watching butterflies flutter-by!

P1030334 The Spinney Hoole ButterfliesWe are sure they will enjoy their outside life as much as the children have watched them grow from caterpillars!

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Posted on June 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

The Spinney Bell Meadow World Cup Carnival!

The Spinney Bell Meadow World Cup Carnival
The Spinney Bell Meadow have been having lots of fun this week celebrating the start of the World Cup which is being held in Brazil.
The Spinney Bell Meadow World Cup CarnivalOne of the things we learnt about Brazil is that they love a Carnival. So we decided to join in the fun. The children have been preparing fantastic head pieces to be worn during the carnival.
The Spinney Bell Meadow World Cup CarnivalThe children also came into nursery dressed in the colours of the Brazilian flag, green, yellow and blue. The sun was shining as we danced around the garden to our Carnival music.
VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100 The Spinney Bell Meadow World Cup CarnivalThe children really enjoyed the dancing and we joined to do the conga.
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We obviously will be cheering for England tonight.
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Do watch out for lots more fun activities coming to celebrate this exciting time.

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Posted on June 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm

The Spinney Holiday Club goes ‘Prehistoric’ for May Half Term!

The Spinney Holiday Club The Spinney Holiday Club children had a fantastic week for May Half Term where the theme was ‘Prehistoric’.

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Throughout the week they explored the prehistoric world, learning about dinosaurs and how the land may have looked at the time. They even made their own prehistoric ‘Lost World’, featuring caves for the cave men!The Spinney Holiday Club

On the Wednesday, they joined the Spinney Adventurers for an adventure that took them to the seaside to explore the beach, look for fossils and excavate areas like true archaeologist in search of dinosaur bones!

Other activities involved dinosaur related arts and crafts, creating their own dinosaurs, fossils and even created their own dinosaur eggs!The Spinney Holiday ClubThe Spinney Holiday ClubOn the Thursday they took a trip to the Grosvernor Museum in Chester where they visited the current exhibition that showed all the Roman & Anglo Saxon  items that had been found by archaeologist in the county…including a couple of skeletons, which they all found fascinating!The Spinney Holiday Club

The Spinney Holiday ClubThe Spinney Holiday ClubThe Spinney Holiday ClubThe Holiday Club children also visited the Natural History exhibition where they were able to see fossils and Jurassic stones, found across the UK dating back to billions of years ago! There was also a microscope there to allow the children to explore things very close up, such a tiny insects and fossils.

The Spinney Holiday ClubThe Spinney Holiday ClubThe Spinney Holiday ClubIt was such a lovely week and great to see how much all the children enjoyed all the activities throughout the week.

The Spinney Holiday Club It was also fantastic to have some new children join us and how the children made sure they all felt really welcome!

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Posted on June 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

The children enjoy gardening at the Spinney Hoole

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May finally brought some sunshine and the Spinney Day Nursery Hoole decided it was time to start growing flowers and vegetables in their garden.

The children got very busy first by weeding the garden ready for planting. They even managed to pull up the last of the Leeks and gave them to Helen to cook with.
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 This year for the first time we have decided to turn one of the flower beds into a wildlife garden. So we wrote a letter to The Wildlife Trust asking if they could send us some wild flower seeds and they did!!
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First we asked the children to scatter the seeds and in only 5 days they have already started to grow!! One of the children said it was ‘Magic’.Gardening in the Spinney Hoole Garden
The wildlife gardening trust tell us that there are estimated to be 16 million gardens in the united kingdom and if they all had one wild flower bed it would make a big difference to our wild life.
Gardening in the Spinney Hoole Garden
We have also planted potatoes and onions in our garden and the potatoes are already starting to show.
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We were very excited to get a walk in green house this year which we are growing 3 different types of tomato plant in. The children go in each day to check them and give them water.
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The Early Years Foundation Stage tells us that children can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals and natural found objects and they are developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
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Posted on June 4, 2014 at 9:10 am

Little Visitors at The Spinney!

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100The Bell Meadow garden has had some little visitors this week, baby rabbits.

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100The rabbits have been having fun exploring the garden. They have even been exploring the bug hotel. The children have enjoyed watching through the windows and quietly venturing outside to have a look.

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100We have to be very quite though because if we make a noise the rabbits will run away.

rabbit 6I’m sure the rabbits have enjoyed visiting The Spinney Bell Meadow garden as much as we have enjoyed watching them.

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Posted on May 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

Jo Jingles at the Spinney Bell Meadow!

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Every Wednesday during term time we have a special visitor at Bell Meadow, Jo Jingles! The children love taking part in the music class which has a different theme every half term.
The children love their Jo Jingles musical sessions
This week the children have been learning about cars and other things on the road. They were singing songs and playing instruments. This week the children were playing the tambourine and the triangle.
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They had to play them quietly and loudly. One of the songs was about fixing a car. The children used their tambourines to make the different sounds you would make when fixing a car.
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At the end of the session the children lay down to sing sleeping bunnies and the special Jo Jingles good bye song. I wonder what instruments we will be playing next week?
Sleeping Bunnies song

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Posted on April 30, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Easter Parade at the Spinney Hoole

IMG_1367The children had their fantastic Easter Bunny Parade on Wednesday 16th April, where the children made their own Easter masks and put on a very special parade in the Spinney Hoole garden for their parents.

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Helen our cook judged the masks and choose three winners who all won an easter egg, all the children got a chocolate bunny for taking part. They all sang some songs to the parents and signed Baa, Baa Black Sheep, which they had been practising very hard.
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Afterwards the children and parents enjoyed a glass of juice and some home made rice krispie  cakes.
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Posted on April 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm

The Spinney Adventurers Club p2. – The Lost King!

The Spinney Adventurers at Nant Mill

The Spinney Adventurers at Nant Mill

The second week of the Spinney Easter Holiday Club saw the Spinney Adventurers take on another Quest, this time to find the Lost King! The King had been walking in the Bluebell woods in search of a magic plant that can be used to fix things, but left the trail and got lost!

The Spinney Adventurers were asked to head to the Bluebell Woods and try and find the lost king so he could return to his castle.

Following the trail to find the Lost King

Following the trail to find the Lost King

Along the way they had many challenges to complete, including a nature trail where they had to find clues, a Woodland Maze, crossing river via stepping stones and, as it is Easter, an Easter Egg Hunt!

Wellies on to cross the river

Wellies on to cross the river

Learining about what is in the woods

Learining about what is in the woods

Can you see the Lost King?

Can you see the Lost King?

The children had a great time exploring the woods at Nant Mill and completing all the challenges. They enjoyed a lovely lunch amongst the trees and when back at the Nant Mill Visitor Centre they enjoyed an ice cream as a reward and had the chance to play on the playground, before heading back to the Spinney Holiday Club.

Enjoying the sun with their ice cream

Enjoying the sun with their ice cream

On the giant caterpillar

On the giant caterpillar

With the sun shining, plenty of laughter, the true spirit of adventure and the smell of wild garlic, it was a really lovely day!

 

 

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Posted on April 25, 2014 at 12:44 pm

The Spinney Adventurers Club p1. – The Moonshine Stone!

 

The Spinney Adventurers with the fixed plane

The Spinney Adventurers with the fixed plane

It has been a fantastic few weeks at the Spinney Easter Holiday Club, which has seen the children take part in an array of activities and outings, including the infamous Spinney Adventurers Club!

The first week saw the children back in the Magic Woods where they were given a quest by the Mystical Woodland Folk, asking for their help.

They heard how their friends the ‘Flying Foxes’ had been carrying the Moonshine Stone to safety in their plane, when a storm hit.

Unfortunately they had to crash land, and although they were all ok they had to get the Moonshine Stone to safety before the Destroyers tried to steal it! They asked the Spinney Adventurers to make their way to the crash site, in order to fix the plane and help they get the Moonshine Stone safely out of the area. However, they were advised that there would be many challenges and obstacles to complete along the way!

Cracking the animal code

Cracking the animal code

The first task involved the Spinney Adventurers having to crack the coded message that the Flying Foxes had left them. Using the animal track code sheet they had to match the animal track to the letter before working out what the message was.

Once completed, they were off on the adventure where they came across the next challenge! They were told how the plane was also taking some animals back to their home, but when it crashed they were all very scared and ran off in to the woods to hide. The Spinney Adventurers were tasked to find the missing animals and return them to the plane once it was fixed.

P1020070Animals found, they next challenges included an exciting game of welly throwing and a Toadstool penalty shoot-out, of which they all did very well.

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Toadstool Penalty Shoot-out

Toadstool Penalty Shoot-out

The next task was to find all the ingredients to make a magic potion that the tree fairies had said would help fix the plane, helping it to fly again. With the list including flower petals, small feathers, Enchanted Bog Water, Fairy Dust & Elf Charms to name a few they set off on the nature trail looking for them all. Although they found most of the ingredients they were still missing some, only to discover they were to be found in the next challenge: the Minefield!

Minefield Challenge

Minefield Challenge

Getting into pairs each member had to direct the other member (who had their eyes close) over the minefield, collecting the ingredients without stepping on the dangers. When all the team had successfully got across and all the final items were collected, it was time to make the Magic Potion!

Watch the Magic Potion bubble!

Watch the Magic Potion bubble!

Mixing all the ingredients together, including the Fairy Dust, Dragon’s Tears & Enchanted Bog Water, they were thrilled to see the Magic Potion taking form and bubbling over! Job done, they held on to their Magic Potions and continued to the crash site. Once there they discovered that they had to find the missing pieces of the plane in order to put it back together and add the Magic Potion to make it fly.

The girls adding the ingredients together

The girls adding the ingredients together

After a long time searching for the plane pieces, they finally were able to put it together and head for the final task, which was to find the Moonshine Stone that had been hidden in the woods to prevent the Destroyers finding it!

Finding the missinf plane pieces

Finding the missinf plane pieces

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making the plane

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Off they went on a fantastic woodland search, working as a team and looking everywhere for the Moonshine Stone.

Then, to the Spinney Adventurers absolute delight, they found the Moonshine Stone!

A fantastic Stick Creature

A fantastic Stick Creature

Having returned it safely to the plane, they were congratulated on doing a fantastic job on completing the quest!

After playing in the woods for a while, they then made some fantastic stick creatures & woodland wands!

 

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Posted on April 25, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring planting
With all of the lovely spring weather we have had recently everyone at the Spinney Bell Meadow has been making the most of being outdoors.
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As you can see, being outside makes the children very happy. We have been taking our planned activities outside for the children to enjoy.
VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100Our green fingered children have done a fabulous job planting seeds and plants around the garden. We are looking forward to watching them grow over the Spring and Summer.
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We have planted some flowers to add some colour to the garden and also some fruits and vegetables for everyone to enjoy.

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Posted on April 25, 2014 at 9:40 am

Easter at the Spinney Bell Meadow

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We have had a lovely Easter at Bell Meadow. The children have had great fun taking part in lots of themed activites with the Pre-School children making some Easter Bunny ears to wear and they also decorated some chocolate Eggs.
Baking at the Spinney Day NurseryAll of the children had fun making chocolate nest cakes to take home to share with their families.
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The Children were very lucky to get a visit from the Easter Bunny. The Bunny hid lots of treats around the garden and left clues for the children to follow to find them. I think it’s safe to say we found them all!
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Posted on April 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

Sport Relief 2014 – The Spinney Bell Meadow Sponsored Toddle!

The children at The Spinney Bell Meadow took part in a Sponsored Toddle last week to raise money for Sport Relief. To prepare for the event the children at the nursery spent the beginning of the week designing their own sports vests to wear during the toddle so they would look the part!

The children & staff of the Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow Sponsored Toddle for Sport reliefTheir goal was to walk one mile around the perimeter of the Bell Meadow Business Park near Pulford, and many of the toddlers and pre school children took part and really enjoyed it! Even two of our 18 month year old children walked with us and did very well indeed and it was lovely to see the children helping each other!  It was for a great cause and the children have already raised £170 for Sport Relief, with donations still coming in.

The Spinney Sport Relief Sponsored ToddleIt was a lovely event that was very well organised by our staff and the children had a fantastic time! As a nursery, we are always keen to support great causes such as Sports Relief and it is lovely to see the children getting involved too.

Sport Relief ToddleP1010846We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the Spinney families and also our fellow businesses on the Bell Meadow Business Park for your continued support and very kind generosity.

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Posted on March 27, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Creative Babies!

   Creative fun inthe Spinney Baby Room
The Spinney Bell Meadow babies have had lots of fun this week with different craft activities.
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They have been drawing around each other and then using crayons to colour in. The babies have also used their fingers, cotton buds and sponges to produce some lovely paintings.They love being creative!
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Some of these activities have been planned for the children as a result of observations taken of the children. These observations are then used to produce next steps for the development of each individual child.
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Craft activities are great for children of all ages as it encourages physical development and promotes good self esteem. Along with this it is also very good fun!

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Posted on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 am

World Book Day at the Spinney Bell Meadow!

We had an absolutely fantastic day on Thursday celebrating World Book Day!

The Spinney Bell Meadow celebrating World Book DayIt is always a fabulous occasion where our children and staff put a lot of effort into thinking about their favourite books and wearing a costume of one of the characters.

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100We had lots of fantastic costumes including Harry Potter, The Gruffalo and a fantastic Tiger who came to Tea! We have all enjoyed reading stories throughout the day and hearing about everyone’s favourite books and why they like them so much.

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100 The children looking at their books It was also nice to read some new books that the children had brought in from home and those that our staff used to read as children.

Look at their fantastic costumes

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Posted on March 7, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Happy St David’s Day!

Dydd Gwŷl Dewi Sant hapus  – Happy St David’s Day!

The children at The Spinney Bell Meadow have been celebrating St Davids Day last week.

st david's day celebrationsThe children have been getting messy painting Welsh Dragons. We used cotton buds to paint with but some children preferred to use their hands!

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Posted on March 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

Spinney Fire Station – Bell Meadow Watch

The Spinney Bell Meadow children and staff loved their Fire engine visit! The children at Bell Meadow have had a very exciting visit today from 4 Chester firefighters and their fire engine! The Spinney children turned into firefighters for the morning. They learnt all about the different things that are needed on a fire engine. there were lots of different doors and compartments containing lots of different equipment.
The Fireman showing the children the Fire engineFirstly we needed to get kitted out. Louise our Officer in Charge was the first to be kitted out. She told us that the boots and coat were very heavy but they needed to be to protect you from the fire. Next we needed to allocate a driver, so we all took a test but I think we found a very good person for the job.
Louise our manager trying on the uniform
The children even had teh chance to sit inside the Fire engine!Finding the crew was the next job. We were all able to explore the cabin and look at all of the equipment. Our training was nearly complete so it was time to test out the hose! It was very powerful and the water went really far. The holiday Club also took part in fire fighter training.
It was brilliant seeing how the hose worked VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100Richie the fire fighter was really helpful and explained what all of the different parts where used for. One of our Holiday club children tried on the full kit including breathing apparatus. Although the sun was shining we all got a little bit wet when Richie was spaying the hose in the air.
VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100We all had a really enjoyable morning and have learnt a lot about what is involved in been a fire fighter. We really appreciate the visit and would like to say a big thank you to Chester Fire Station for coming out to see us.
What a great day!

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Posted on February 27, 2014 at 11:54 am

Space & Adventure at the Spinney Holiday Club this Half Term!

The children at the Spinney Holiday Club have had a fantastic week this Half Term!
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The theme has been Space and they have been learning about the Planets, even making their own Solar System, as well as creating their own Space Village, complete with futuristic looking buildings!
photo 4 (2)They all worked together to make the Holiday Club’s very own friendly Space Robot, Freddy who now takes pride of place in the room!
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Add to this the Alien the children made from clay, baked Space Rock cakes and even had an alien party! It’s clear they have had a fun and creative ‘Space’ Week!
photo 3 (2)Wednesday saw the return of Chester’s most exciting Adventure Club, the Spinney Adventurers! This time (and to continue the space theme, they were tasked with the search for the Star Stone pieces in a area where the owls had seen the Star Stone explode in the skies and land on the earth.
P1010557This saw them head to Erddig Country Park where they explored the fantastic woodland, looking for the Star Stone pieces and completing a variety of tasks along the way.

With Erddig House in the background

Theses included a scavenger hunt, a nature quiz that they had to complete in their teams, and also had to make Mole Castles out of mud!! Needless to say they made some brilliant Mole Castles!

The boys with their Mole CastleA brilllaint Mole Castle!After a picnic lunch in the woods they headed on to explore an area that was once the location of a motte & bailey castle!
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Lunch stop in the woodsAfter a good run around & some nature spotting, the Spinney Adventurers headed down to the river where they saw the very interesting ‘Cup & Saucer’, while they also collected twigs to make stick stars.

P1010556They had a fantastic day in the woods and having successfully completing all the tasks by finding all 8 pieces of the Star Stone!

Climbing the low branches of the ancient trees!Looking at a snake skin they found

 

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Posted on February 24, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Where do we all live? Looking at maps of Chester!

Last week in the Spinney Hoole Pre-school, the children have been learning  about Chester and where they live.

Can you find where we liveFirst we looked at a map of Chester.

Where do we liveThen we discussed where we lived and Emma helped us to find our house on the map.

mapAfter that we made treasure maps to try and find the treasure. Where we liveThe EYFS tells us that children “comment and ask questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live”

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Posted on February 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Join the Spinney Space Explorer this Feb Half Term!

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Join us this February Half Term as we enter a Space Odyssey!

We will be going on a voyage into Space, where we will explore the planets, stars and space travel.

Lots of exciting activities planned including, Making Aliens, Space Robots, Astronomy (trying out telescopes) and designing your own Solar System!

There will be lots of art & crafts, designing, baking and role-play as always!

 Are you ready to join the Spinney Space Explorer?!

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Posted on February 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Happy Chinese New Year 2014!!

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Our Chinese Dragon!! He's a friendly one!The children at Bell Meadow have been enjoying learning about China and celebrating Chinese New Year this week. Delicious noodles for lunch!

Chinese New Year Acitivities

They have had lots of crafty fun making their very own dragon and masks. We also had a Chinese feast for lunch! The children really enjoyed the food (Ken cooked it very well!) we even used chop sticks to eat with.

Very good at using chopsticks!!The children were so good with the chop sticks, they preferred them to their forks. We have also been using the chop sticks on our Maths table in preschool. The children had to transfer the cotton wool balls from one place to another and counting them.

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Posted on January 31, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Messy Play Creations!

We love Messy Play Creations!

messy play creationsThe Spinney Bell Meadow children have been getting very messy this week, using their hands and their feet to create some brilliant pictures.

Messy Play CreationsThe children really enjoyed exploring the different textures. We spoke about how the paint was slippery and cold on our feet and slimy on our hands.

We love messy play!These activities are a really good opportunity to introduce new experiences and vocabulary to the children along with getting very messy! We love their Messy Play Creations!

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Posted on January 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Exploring the Arctic at the Spinney Bell Meadow!

A mini IglooThe Spinney Bell Meadow have been exploring the Arctic this week. There has been lots of exciting activities going on around the nursery including ice play. The children are really enjoying learning about the different animals the live in the cold environment.

Arctic sensory play with iceThe children are now able to recognise that the polar bear lives in there, this lead to an activity about different types of bears and where they live.

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The pre-school room have started to make an Arctic role play area, which is already looking fantastic. Watch this space to see the finished product.

Learning about animals that live in cold places

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Posted on January 10, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

What a fantastic year it has been here at both the Spinney Hoole & Spinney Bell Meadow nurseries!

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We can’t believe it is nearly Christmas and another year has flown past, seeing lost of new families joining the nursery and children leaving us to go on to school!

Photo 30-11-2013 10 44 14It has been a busy month, what with the Christmas Fair at the Spinney Hoole, the Carol Concert, the Christmas plays, Santa’s Sensory Grotto at the Spinney Bell Meadow and the festive parties!

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There has been lots going on and the children have been very busy making Christmas cards and gifts for their families, as well as learning all the songs for the Concerts!

Santa's Sensory GrottoDSCF1806On behalf of the Spinney staff, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support over the year and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!Have a lovely festive break and we look forward to seeing you in 2014!

 

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Posted on December 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm

The Spinney Hoole Christmas Fair

Santa visitsWhat a lovely day everyone had at the Spinney Hoole Christmas Fair!

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With a great turnout and many lovely products on sales, it was a very successful day in all respects.

Lovely chutneys and sauces

From knitted Christmas decorations, to delicious cakes, Santa sweets to Reindeer Hot chocolate, many of the items were made by the Spinney staff and friends of the nursery.

cakesWe were also very lucky to have a stall by Doubletree Hilton, who brought some scrumptious cookies, Yali Food who had gorgeous asian sauces and Keirls Kakes with their fabulous cakes!

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There was a really good turnout, with many families and friends  popping along to pick up some Christmas gifts and stocking fillers.

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We even had a very special guest, much to the delight of the children, as Santa popped in to say hello and give some gifts out!

 

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came to the Spinney Hoole Christmas Fair, including friends, families & stall holders. We would also like to say a very special thank you for all the hard work the Spinney staff did to make the event so successful, including making lots of the items and coming in to help!

Well done everyone, we are indeed feeling very festive now!

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Posted on December 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm

The Spinney Bell Meadow Constabulary

Police man comes to visitIt was an exciting time for the children at The Spinney Bell Meadow, as they had a visit from the police this week!

But don”t worry, they were not in any trouble! The kind Police man had just popped in to say hello!

The police man shows the children the car

The police man was very kind and let the children have a look all around the car and sit in the front seat, and the children helped to put on the flashing lights and the siren.

Police man putting the siren on

Some of the children even got to try on the police jacket, although it was very big.

a rather large police man's jacket!

Maybe we have a few future police constables at The Spinney?

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Posted on December 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Record Breakers for Children in Need 2013!

Officer in charge Louise Saville and Rebecca Clark with some of the children from the Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow (2)

Though Children in Need may have been a few week ago, the Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow have only just finished collecting and counting the donations, with the total being the most amount they have ever raised.

As part of the fundraising, the nursery children helped make some fantastic cakes, which they then took around the Bell Meadow Business Park.

As always, the now infamous cakes came as a lovely treat to the businesses, with the staff very kindly donating generously to the Children in Need cause. The children also had a party where each child brought their favourite teddy bear from home to join the fun, and ran competition to win a Pudsey Bear cake, cooked by our brilliant cook!

After a successful week of fundraising, following the lovely generosity of associates, friends and family of the Spinney Day Nursery Bell Meadow, the staff were very pleased with the amount, which wasn’t far off last year’s grand total. They were in for a big surprise though, as the following day they received a very generous donation, which saw the amount increase to an impressive £445, beating the 2012 record.

Alison Thomson, owner of the Spinney Day Nurseries, said  ‘For a small business, the nursery has done a great job in raising such a fantastic amount, and we are so proud of the staff for all their hard work. We are also extremely grateful to those lovely people who donated so kindly to the Children in Need fundraising this year! Fingers crossed they will be able to exceed the record again next year!’

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Posted on December 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm