From 23 to 27 December, you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ of up to three households which allows you to spend time together in private homes, attend places of worship, or meet in an outdoor place.
From 28 December, you must follow the guidance for the tier in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
BCP Family Information'Spooktacular' half term activities!
Here are just a few of the 'fangtastic' activities on offer over half term. Please remember to social distance, stay in groups of six or less, wash your hands regularly and stay safe!
-Halloween Trail at Kingfisher Barn Visitors Centre, Bournemouth -Pimp Up Your Pumpkin at Knyveton Gardens, Springbourne -Spooky Woodland Walk at Red House Museum, Christchurch -Scaplen's Court Spooktacular Halloween themed activities, Poole -Where's Wally? Spooky Museum Search, Poole Museum -'Spooky Stories' Treehouse outdoor theatre at Red House Museum -Squidgetastic Spooky Sculpture, Forest Arts Centre, New Milton -The Great Dorset Pumpkin Trail
Some great tips on how to stay safe and cool in this glorious sunshine ☀️Warm temperatures forecast over next two days! How to stay safe...
Most of us welcome the hot weather, but there can be health risks such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Everyone can be affected but the most vulnerable people are older people, young children and people with existing health conditions.
Babies are particularly vulnerable to overheating, visit NHS website for information on how to keep your baby safe during hot weather: orlo.uk/mK7zW
Tops Tips on how to protect yourself and others during hot weather:
• Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. Open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler. • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat. • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water. • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need. • Identify the coolest room in the house or at work so you know where to go to keep cool. • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors. • Check up on people who may be less able to look themselves For more info: orlo.uk/d4yWy... See moreSee less
Children are More Than A Score - please share...Testing 4-year-olds in English and maths would be madness in any school year but now, more than ever, it would be completely wrong.
It’s the last thing children, teachers and heads need. They don’t want these meaningless tests, and they certainly don’t want them in the coming school year. Only the government is stuck in reverse, stubbornly ignoring Covid-19 and insisting that they go ahead.
Send the government Department for Education Nick Gibb and Gavin Williamson a virtual postcard by sharing this post. And don’t forget to sign our petition: buff.ly/2OyaN2M
Let’s put a stop to baseline testing once and for all.
May 8 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which was the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe. VE Day, which stands for Victory in Europe Day, is a bank holiday in the UK, replacing the usual Early May Bank holiday Monday. In previous years, VE Day has been celebrated with street parties, community gatherings and services of thanksgiving. This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic and the UK’s lockdown restrictions, the previously planned celebrations for the 75th anniversary will not be able to go ahead and the day will look slightly different that originally intended.
Despite the restrictions however, VE Day celebrations will still go ahead. To allow people to mark the day from the safety of their homes, a two minute silence has been planned for 11am, followed by a ‘toast to heroes’ at 3pm.
The Queen will also make a speech, addressing the nation once again from Windsor Castle at 9pm, which is the same time 75 years ago that her father, King George VI, gave a radio address to mark the end of the fighting with Germany in 1945. The general public are also being encouraged to throw ‘Stay At Home Street Parties’ instead of the traditional neighbourhood gatherings.
The idea behind a VE Day Stay At Home Street Party is that people can still celebrate the day with their neighbours whilst observing social distancing and staying at home. Organisers are encouraging the public to decorate the outside of their homes in red, white and blue, bunting and flags to mark the occasion, so that whole streets are adorned in the nation’s colours. This way, neighbours can enjoy the visual spectacle of national pride from their windows or during their one hour of exercise per day.
People are also being encouraged to forgo group gatherings for afternoon tea and picnics and instead hold a smaller celebration in the garden or on a doorstep with your household. Think mini sandwiches, cakes, scones with jam and cream and a good old cup of tea.
If you need inspirations, more ideas, recipes or tips on how to throw your own VE Day Stay At Home Street Party, the government have set up a website dedicated to providing you with a full toolkit of resources at ve-vjday75.gov.uk. ... See moreSee less
Upton Country Park have put together an activity sheet for you to download - you can complete most of it at home during lockdown and the rest at Spurrier's Play Park when they re-open. Learn about the new adventure play area and the wildlife surrounding this beautiful part of Poole.
Social Distancing with The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have re illustrated some of their most famous visuals and verses in light of our current situation... #inthistogether#rhymesforthetimesWe hope you enjoy these reimagined images and verses from #JuliaDonaldson and #AxelScheffler most-loved books and characters in light of the current times we all find ourselves in
With everything that is going on at the moment; big changes to children’s routines and lots of stories on the news it can be a really scary time for children.
Nurse Dotty Books aim to help alleviate anxiety for children and their families. This book aims to open up the conversation about coronavirus and some of the things they might be hearing about it and provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner.
You may have noticed some rainbows hanging outside Broadstone Christian Nursery, we are taking part in the Dorset Art Eye-Spy! community initiative to spread a little joy, the idea is to display a piece of artwork outside your home so that others can enjoy. Feel free to take a photo of any artwork you encounter when on your daily exercise and share on Facebook.
Every week Dorset Art Eye-Spy! suggests a new theme. This weeks theme is Friendship and will run until 4th April.
Check out their page Dorset Art Eye-Spy! for lots of lovely images taken around Dorset. ... See moreSee less
The importance of washing your hands. Perfectly illustrated by Tom Fletcher and his children.
Tom Fletcher Here’s an awesome way to help your kids understand why we need to wash our hands. I saw a video online of a teacher doing this with her class and thought I’d try it. Spreading knowledge, not germs! #covid_19 #corona #washyourhands ... See moreSee less
Keeping active with the residents at Bupa UK 🎳This week’s visit from Broadstone Christian Nursery was full of fun and games with the residents. They really do bring so much joy to the links.⚽️🎳😍 What a fun way of staying active . #funandgames #youngatheart #broadstonecommunity #bupauk ... See moreSee less
Continuing our strong links within the community...This morning we had a lovely visit from Broadstone Christian Nursery. We celebrated our favourite books and stories with the residents. 📚📚#worldbookday #care #broadstone ... See moreSee less
Just in time for World Book Day...The Costume Swap is happening at your local library just in time for World Book Day. Take along your outgrown costume, hang it up and choose a new outfit to take away. What will you be this year?http://orlo.uk/hCsWM ... See moreSee less
Broadstone Christian Nursery have invested in a new mark making sensory board. Sensory play includes activities that stimulate children’s senses such as sight, sound, smell, taste or touch. As children explore sensory materials they develop their sense of touch. This lays the foundation for learning other skills, such as identifying objects by touch and using fine and gross motor skills. Mark making also develops the creation of different patterns, lines, textures and shapes. Here are some activities that the children have been involved in over the last few weeks:
- mark making sensory board - mark making - matching shapes - making patterns with shapes - independently looking at books - role play with the shopping till and enjoying a tea party
Visit Upton Country Park over half term.The craft cabins are ready for tomorrow’s wildlife painted crafts. Open from 10-1pm in the activity area near the Tea Rooms. No booking necessary. £3 per craft. We’re running this Tue 18th, Thu 20th and Sat 22nd Feb 🎨 🐛🦋🐞🐌🐝🦎 ... See moreSee less
The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is Find your Brave.
Finding your brave is all about building confidence, self-esteem and helping children feel good about themselves. At Broadstone Christian Nursery our aims and objectives are to provide a safe, stimulating environment where each child can realise his or her potential at this crucial stage in their development. We work with each child to develop their physical, intellectual, emotional and social abilities. Bravery could be about sharing worries, asking for help, trying something new or making the right choices.
15 hours funding currently offered at Broadstone Christian Nursery. To find out if you are eligible follow the link below...Happy 2nd Birthday! Do you have a two year old child? Or do you know a friend or family member who does?
If so, they may be entitled to up to 15 hours of funded childcare a week, for 38 weeks of the year.
New play area open at Upton Country Park.Have you visited our exciting new play area yet? The Adventure Play has been officially opened by the worshipful the Mayor of Poole! Despite the wet weather, the mayor cut the red ribbon to declare our wonderful new facility open, helped by children from Flippers Nursery and Upton Junior School. A big thank you to everyone involved for coming along to be a part of the celebration, even in the rain! Why not visit this weekend for a play? Don't forget our Christmas Craft Fair is also on in Upton House for all those Christmas gift buying opportunities. We are looking forward to welcoming you 😀
The children regularly visit Bupa UK and there are proven benefits to both the children and residents from these visits - for many reading together is the highlight of their week.
On our last visit we talked about what we would like for Christmas, we wrote our letters to Father Christmas and then posted them at the local Post Office on the way back to the nursery. ... See moreSee less
Anti-Bullying Week happens in schools across England each November. This year's Anti-Bullying Week has the theme Change Starts With Us and is happening from Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November 2019.
At Broadstone Christian Nursery we develop each child's physical, intellectual, emotional and social abilities and provide a good opportunity to understand and influence how young children play together and communicate. We offer advice and support to parents and work with each child to develop good relationships.
On the 5th November, people across the UK celebrate Bonfire Night with fireworks, bonfires, sparklers and toffee apples. There have already been a number of local public displays, if you are thinking of celebrating at home and want to make sure that young children are safe please click through to these top tips on how to stay safe on Bonfire Night: www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15351828... See moreSee less
This half term why not visit Upton Country Park for some pumpkin fun! 🎃
Pre-booking essential. £5.99 per ticket. Time slots are at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily from 26-31st October.Looking for something to keep the kids entertained at the start of half term? Upton Country Park hosts a pumpkin carving session from Saturday 26 October. Entrants can pick their own pumpkin from the pumpkin tunnel and then take it back to the Education Centre for some carving.
Halloween can be an exciting time of year for children, dressing up and going out after dark. Being mindful of potential hazards can help prevent accidents and make Halloween safer for everyone without dampening the fun. Check out these top tips from the Child Accident and Prevention Trust for a safe Halloween: ... See moreSee less
Scare safely this Halloween #ScareSafely
Halloween can be an exciting time of year for children, dressing up and going out after dark. Being mindful of potential hazards can help prevent accidents and make Halloween safer for everyone without dampening the fun.
Check out these top tips from the Child Accident and Prevention Trust for a safe Halloween:
Our children enjoy visiting just as much as the residents enjoy seeing them. Broadstone Christian Nursery is at the heart of the local community and has strong links with Bupa UK. The children regularly visit the home and there are proven benefits to both the children and residents from these visits - for many this is the highlight of their week.⭐️⭐️ Just look at these little beauties! The joy the Broadstone Christian Nursery give our residents on weekly basis words simply cannot explain 💕💕#broadstonecommunity #caring #ageisonlyanumber #supersouth ... See moreSee less
Broadstone Christian Nursery is at the heart of the local community and has strong links with Bupa UK. The children regularly visit the residents at the home and today we baked biscuits together. There have been proven benefits to both the children and residents from this type of joint activity and for many children it is a highlight of their week.👩🍳 The smell of Chocolate chip cookies 🍪 filled The links this morning when the children from Broadstone Christian Nursery visited and did some baking with our residents 💕💕#supersouth #extraordinary #caring #community ... See moreSee less
Children’s food preferences and eating habits are formed early in life and the time that they spend in early years settings provides an ideal opportunity to shape healthy behaviours. Broadstone Christian Nursery work closely with CaterFirst who supply the children's hot lunches. The children love the opportunity to visit the allotment to enhance their understanding of where their lunches come from and to see the fresh fruit and vegetables growing. They love nothing more than getting hands on at the allotment and developing their gardening skills! In preparation for Harvest Festival we will be enhancing the children's learning and giving thanks for successful crops. Visit our website for more information: www.broadstonechristiannursery.com/... See moreSee less
PI Online LimitedLook out for the new banners for Broadstone Christian Nursery. PI Online have been working closely with Broadstone Christian Nursery on their brand and marketing material, here are a few examples of how their brand design is properly represented and consistent across all media.
If you would like more information on the services that we offer please contact us: www.pi-online.co.uk/
The children of Broadstone Christian Nursery will be attending the Harvest Festival Service on Wednesday 25th September at 10.15am at the Methodist Church in Broadstone.
The service is led by Rev Sue Gowling and the children bring harvest gifts for the foodbank, listen to stories, sing hymns and songs together in celebration. Please do join us!
Broadstone Christian Nursery is at the heart of the local community and has strong links with local schools and education authorities, libraries, churches, care homes, local businesses and the Horticultural Society.
We are often out and about exploring in Broadstone.
This September the new Ofsted Inspection Framework comes into force. Broadstone Christian Nursery was approached by the South West Senior HMI to be a pilot setting for them. Although no formal report the experience was invaluable and so was the feedback.
Quality of Education, Personal Development, Behaviour and Attitudes are key areas in Ofsted. Our feedback was very positive:
“High Quality Inclusive Practice, high expectations for behaviour, strong key persons who know the children very well, activities linked to child’s interest and provide rich experiences that broaden their knowledge and skills. Children are confident, independent, eager, motivated, happy, secure and take pride in their achievements. The impact of what we do at the nursery has a positive effect on the children and families.”
Contact us on 01202 601748 or make an enquiry via our website to arrange a visit and find out more.
Come and join us at the Broadstone Horticultural Society Summer Show on Saturday 10th August 1-4pm in the War Memorial Hall, Tudor Road. There will be lots of Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables on show along with Floral Art, Cookery, Craft and Photography. This year some of the children at Broadstone Christian Nursery have painted pictures on pebbles for the under 8's competition. Refreshments, cream tea and home made cakes will be available throughout the afternoon and there will be a cake stall, tombola and raffle. Come along and show your support! ... See moreSee less
A child’s transition into education is an exciting time for the whole family. You and your child may have questions about how life is going to change. What will primary school life be like? What can you do to prepare yourself and your child for the very best start?
The Starting Primary School campaign offers a toolkit of practical advice, support and resources for parents, guardians and children across a wide range of areas including school life, daily routine, sleep and how to support children practically and emotionally.
Starting Primary School also provides video and articles for parents featuring information from experts and been-there-done-that tips from other parents. Your children can also explore their questions about school by playing a fun interactive game.
Take the stress out the school holidays with Tax-Free Childcare. Broadstone Christian Nursery offer 30 hours funding spread over 48 weeks - visit our website to find out more: www.broadstonechristiannursery.com/fundingA wee reminder of how you can use your Tax-Free Childcare. It can help with the cost of summer childcare. Working parents are being reminded that they can use Tax-Free Childcare (TFC), which is worth up to £2,000 per child per year, to pay for regulated holiday clubs during the school holidays. Find out more: socsi.in/sycMU... See moreSee less
It is once again that time of year when we have to say not farewell but keep in touch to all our school leavers who are moving onto school in September. Come back and see us and tell us how you are getting on – it’s always nice to know.
We will miss you all and feel privileged to have been part of their Early Educational years and helping to develop skills for life.
We are all so proud of their achievements and know that the children will do well as they have a real ‘thirst’ for learning.
Transition to school isn’t always easy as every child is different and the support they need is too. Visits to school, teachers coming into nursery, stories about school, photos of their new environment, school uniforms to dress up in plus more all go to help make the transition a little smoother.
Physical activity guidelines for EARLY YEARS (UNDER 5s) state that children of pre-school age who are capable of walking unaided should be physically active daily for at least 180 minutes (3 hours), spread throughout the day.
Our upcoming annual Sports Day will include lots of the main activities that are encouraged like running, skipping, jumping and chasing.
So what are the benefits of being active for at least 180 minutes each day?
- Improves cardiovascular health - Contributes to a healthy weight - Improves bone health - Supports learning of social skills - Develops movement and co-ordination
It's never too early to read with a child and sharing books, stories and rhymes should be a daily part of life at your childcare setting. Here are Broadstone Christian Nursery we understand the importance of reading and being read to. We read to children and tell stories throughout the session and as requested by the children. We engage the children with voice, gestures and facial expressions and use silly voices to draw the children into the story. We have created an inviting book area outside with an Authors Chair to encourage all our children to engage and enjoy story telling.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to the end of their reception year. To find out more about how we incorporate this into day to day activities visit our website: www.broadstonechristiannursery.com... See moreSee less
Children are exposed to more annual sun exposure than adults because many of their activities are outdoor-based, including school breaks, PE and playtime. This increased exposure to sunlight also increases children’s exposure to damaging ultraviolet (UV) light – an invisible, electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun. Children’s eyes differ from adults’ in that children’s ocular lenses cannot filter UV light and prevent it from reaching their retinas as effectively as can adults’ ocular lenses. This results in children’s retinas being exposed to more UV light and susceptible to retinal damage if they are not adequately protected.