During the week of the 5th to the 9th November, we will be holding a special commemorative red week. We are inviting all children to dress in red to remember the fallen of the First World War.
From the 1st to the 11th of November, Station Road will be holding a commemoration to the 40 men that went to war. Historical research has revealed many of those that served from Aldridge during the First World War lived in or around this significant street. It was also home to the train station where soldiers from the area began their journey to the Front and for those fortunate enough to survive it must have been a welcome sight upon their return. We look forward to seeing you along Station Road showing support both for the men that went to war and for the residents and members of the Aldridge Local History Society who have spent months in planning this wonderful tribute.
We are still collecting tinned goods and toiletries for a harvest festival which we will then donate to the less fortunate. Any donations will be much appreciated. Donations can be placed into the harvest festival box in the corridor. Thank you
During the days of the 29th October until the 2nd November we will be holding Halloween themed celebrations. We would love as many children as possible to get involved with Halloween with us by dressing up in costume throughout the week - whether it be a Halloween themed costume, or simply their favourite character, super hero, princess, etc. We shall also be holding a spooktacular Halloween themed party on the 31st October.
Today marks the start of our new initiative of inter-generational care, our Preschool children will be piloting a visit this afternoon to a local care home, The Hawthorns, to sing some nursery rhymes to the residents. Recent studies have shown that inter-generational sessions help to improve babies’ and toddler’s speech and cognitive development as well as improving the emotional and social well-being of the elderly. Much has been learnt from similar activities at other care homes and those involved have reported positively and recommend the program to other homes.
We are taking part in the Poppy Road Project 2018 on Station Road this November. You may or may not have heard about this community project, if you haven't, residents and the local history society are coming together to decorate the entire road in poppies to mark the 100 year anniversary of the first world war. Many soldiers who fought lived on Station Road so it's a very meaningful thank you to them and the history which we must never forget.
The children at nursery are creating lots of poppies to decorate nursery with. We are calling all parents, past and present to join in and help us make, create, paint, colour, glue, stick, knit as many poppies as possible.
For more information about how to get involved, contact nursery and keep an eye on our website for dates etc. to bring your children along for the remembrance week in November.
Back in July, the children in Platform Room supported our local community by getting involved in Aldridge in Bloom. The children created a wonderful banner that was proudly displayed to the competition judges. The children also demonstrated how we use our lovely local environment to enhance our learning experiences, such as extending physical play on The Croft and exploring local nature. We are proud to announce that Aldridge has achieved Gold in the competition.
Well done to everyone involved.
After a four-week-old baby was attempted to be snatched from a car in West Bromwich when the mother was doing a school drop off at Ryders Green Primary School, we would like to remind all of our parents to be vigilant whenever dropping off or collecting their child from nursery; particularly when other children are in the car with them.
We are fortunate to be situated in a quiet residential area in Aldridge, but we take safety and security very seriously at The Old Railway House and want to take this opportunity to remind parents to always be alert.
Parents are reminded not to leave children in pushchairs or unlocked cars alone, even if they are only popping in to nursery for 5 minutes. Children not in our care at the time, must be supervised and are the responsibility of parents when on nursery premises.
You can read the full story on the Express and Star website here.
We hope you all had lovely bank holiday weekends and we really hope that none of you were affected by the floods on Sunday evening. If you were affected, our thoughts go out to you for any losses you might have suffered.
Nursery unfortunately didn't escape the flooding. Although it wasn't as bad as it could have been (we were less than a centimetre from the water going through the whole nursery!), we still suffered.
The areas mainly affected were our car park, the small play room which forms part of Platform Room and our lovely garden, with it's outdoor classroom.
We wanted to therefore thank parents for their patience and understanding while we get these areas back up and running!
We hope to have your little ones enjoying our nursery to the fullest in the quickest of timescales.
If any of you are interested in seeing some photos, here are a few I (Amy) took on Sunday evening, before we spend the bank holiday Monday cleaning and getting ready to re-open on Tuesday!
Today (25th May 2018) marks the biggest change to UK data protection law since 1998.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an evolution of the current Data Protection Act (1998) and comes into effect today.
Regulated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the new law gives people more control about how their data is used, shared and stored and requires organisations to be more accountable and transparent about how they use it.
You can read an article about it, and find out more about GDPR and how it affects you here [external link: ico.org.uk).
To find out how The Old Railway House Nursery complies with the new regulations, visit our Privacy page here.
We have recently introduced a new initiative at nursery to promote physical development and healthy
lifestyles. Physical activity is vital for a child’s development and lays the foundation for a healthy and active life.
Our sports champions have lots of ideas to get our nursery active and are going to start by taking part in
Sport Relief week from 19th - 23rd March 2018.
We would love everybody to get involved, so we are having a sport themed week with lots of fun activities for all children to enjoy.
These are as follows:
Monday 19th March- Football Day: Wear a football shirt or bring in a ball to play football with your friends. Our Champions will be teaching us to play football and lots of other ball games, whilst having fun in the garden.
Tuesday 20th March- Bouncy Castle Day: We will be having lots of fun with soft play, ball pools and the
bouncy castle with Jess. We will also be making our own healthy pizzas, choosing the toppings and tasting them!
Wednesday 21st March- Sports Day: Come to nursery in your sporty clothes. We are going to be having
races in the garden and obstacle courses indoors. There will be prizes and certificates for everybody taking part.
Thursday 22nd March- Big Walk: Our Champions are going to lead us all on a big walk to do some exercising outside. We will be counting how many steps we do and having a teddy bears picnic after- so bring your favourite teddy to walk with you.
Friday 23rd March- Disco Day: Bring your party wear for our disco day, we will be having lots of music,
dancing and party games in the morning and a disco from 3pm, followed by yummy healthy buffet food.
We will also be incorporating lots of physical development/healthy eating ideas in to our parent
partnership activities, so if parents have any additional suggestions, or want to get involved in future
programmes, please let us know.
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