STOP PRESS…Altrincham Nursery at Forefront of Mental Health in Education

On Tuesday 1st May 2018, Juice Nursery celebrated becoming the first setting in the world to achieve ‘Mini Me Yoga Accreditation & Nursery status’, with an unveiling of their accreditation plaque.

International children’s yoga company Mini Me Yoga provides children with the tools to understand and take control of their feelings, using breathing, meditation and mindfulness. It increases children’s capacity to learn and be gentle to one another; it teaches respect for nature and how to grow strong mentally and physically.

The company’s founder, Kate Bartram-Brown commented that, “during this age where childhood diabetes, food intolerances and hyperactivity disorders are on the rise, the games and activities bring much needed time for children to create and express themselves.”

Mini Me Yoga is slightly different to most children’s yoga companies as they train parents and practitioners to share a simple 15-minute program with the children in their care. This means that yoga can be incorporated into the children’s everyday lives.

In order to meet the requirements for Mini Me Yoga Accreditation & Nursery status, Juice Nursery has trained 75% of its practitioners, and has incorporated the Mini Me Yoga programme into daily routines .

“We absolutely love Mini Me Yoga here at Juice Nursery and are excited and extremely proud, to become the first early years setting in the world to receive Mini Me Yoga status accreditation, in recognition of our dedication to wellbeing.

With so many benefits to both the children and our staff, the impact of the skills and techniques that we have learnt through the Mini Me Yoga and Positive Thinking programme, have had an extremely positive impact throughout the entire nursery, in a very short space of time.

And, as we strive to work with parents, to give their individual child the very best start in life, we truly believe that the programme has empowered and enabled us to more fully support the emotional, mental and physical health and wellbeing of the children in our care, which is so crucial to their future development and happiness, whilst having great fun at the same time too!” ‘ said Tracy Poole, Physical Development Champion

Ashley Costello, the UK School/Nursery Team Lead for Mini Me Yoga said, “the first Mini Me Yoga Accreditation & School status in the world was presented back in January and since then the programme has gone from strength to strength. I was delighted to present this award to Juice Nursery and it was lovely to spend time with their children, staff and parents, to celebrate this most special of occasions!”

Staff Member of the Month – April

For doing an excellent job, going the extra mile to support her fellow colleagues within the nursery, several of whom have put her forward for this award, our April Staff Member of the Month is Kelly Gibson.

Well done, Kelly, this reward is very well deserved!

Staff Member of the Month – March

Congratulations to Chanelle Robinson, our Staff Member of the Month in March who was nominated by a parent for really going the extra mile.

“I would just like to say thank you so much to Chanelle in Orange Room for a lovely Parent’s Evening. It was an accurate report and Chanelle was able to give lots examples of how Lucy is coping in Orange Room. Chanelle was very professional last night and has such a lovely manner with Lucy. Hand overs are always detailed and Chanelle knows exactly what Lucy has been up to in the day. The Orbit updates are also extremely detailed, well written and give us a real insight into Lucy’s day. I would like to nominate Chanelle for your ‘Employee of the Month’ for her lovely, warm and friendly manner.’

Well done, Chanelle!

STOP PRESS… Shine A Light Success!

We were extremely proud to have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2018 Shine A Light awards, which saw Danielle Norwood and Sarah Leary (pictured below with Adam Hess, award’s host) travel down to London to attend the awards ceremony yesterday.

And, whilst we weren’t the overall award winners, we were absolutely thrilled that Juice Nursery was ‘Highly Commended’ by the judging panel, in the ‘Early Year’s Setting of the Year’ category, for our commitment to developing children’s speech, language communication skills.

The 2018 Shine a Light Awards, is a national awards scheme, run by learning company Pearson in partnership with The Communication Trust, and celebrates innovative work and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development, with winners and highly-commended finalists being chosen across 10 categories, chosen by a panel of experts in the sector.

This achievement means such a great deal to us, recognising the effort and determination of our dedicated team of staff, who work so hard to ensure that we provide the child within our care with the best possible start in life. Well done team, we are very proud of you all!

Paint Altrincham Pink

We really were in the pink today, here at Juice Nursery, wearing something pink in support of Prevent Breast Cancer and the Paint Altrincham Pink campaign, which brought the local community together, to raise vital awareness and funds in the fight against Breast Cancer.  For more information on the initiative please follow this link.

Thanks to everyone for putting on some pink, we raised a fabulous £50!

Staff Member of the Month – February

A BIG Juice Nursery shout out to Charlotte Myers, who has really gone the extra mile this past month and as such has been awarded our February, Staff Member of the Month award.

But don’t take our word for it, here is what Evie’s Mum had to say about her…

“A very special thanks goes to Charlotte this week who has really gone the extra mile. Evie has always had a treasured rabbit soft toy who has gone to nursery with her every day since she started. She does everything with him and he goes everywhere with us! However, she unfortunately tends to suck her thumb a lot when she is carrying him (its a comfort thing) and this is not only effecting her teeth (to the frustration of the dentist) but also makes the eczema on her hand worse. I therefore spoke to the girls in Green Room to let them know that we would slowly be working towards rabbit having to stay at home. This Tuesday when I dropped Evie off I told Charlotte it would be rabbit’s last day at nursery and that day she made a whole book of pictures of Evie with her rabbit over the years with “Goodbye Rabbit” written on the front. Evie was absolutely over the moon and it has made the whole process so much easier.
This is just one example of how much the team in Green Room care and look after Evie so well and Charlotte really does deserve a special thanks.

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Wishing you all health and happiness in the Year of the Dog!

There has been lots going on in and around nursery as we celebrate Chinese New Year, including baking yummy homemade Spring Rolls and delicious homemade cookies as well as painting our own Chinese Dragon, which the children in Orange and Green Rooms proudly paraded through the centre of Altrincham!

 

Children’s Mental Health Week

We have had great fun here at Juice Nursery celebrating #BeingOurselves for #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek2018

With a wide range of activities taking place throughout the week, many of which were child-led and initiated, we had fun getting creative, painting self portraits, talking about what makes us the same as our friends and also what makes us different, and got active, working on developing our newly acquired yoga skills, designed to enhance the children’s wellbeing, which we are integrating more and more in to our daily routines. The week’s fun culminated in the children been invited to come in to nursery on the Friday wearing an outfit of their choice, as a way of expressing their individuality.

ABC Does Juice Nursery for #TakeOverTuesday

We were extremely honoured and excited that Juice Nursery were invited to feature on Alistair Bryce Clegg’s Instagram feed in his #TakeOverTuesday slot!

Former teacher, author & education guru, Alistair Bryce-Clegg is reknown in his field for his passion & enthusiasm for all things early years, and therefore being asked to feature on his feed was a real coup for the nursery.
For #TakeoverTuesday we shared with Alistair’s 7000+ followers a little of what our Preschool get up to. We had great feedback from Alistair on the posts and lots of ‘likes’ and thoroughly enjoyed our opportunity to showcase the Green Room.
Details have been shared on our Twitter & Facebook pages, but, if you have an Instagram account click here for more. You might also like to start following the nursery too via this link.

National Storytelling Week 2018

This week is #NationalStorytellingWeek organised by the Society for Storytelling which seeks to celebrate the art of storytelling and the sharing of stories from generation to generation.

“Storytelling can be found enriching lives everywhere. The sharing between teller and listener empowers, feeding the imagination from one generation to the next.”

Inspired to share some of our Green Room’s favourite stories with you, check out our Juice Nursery Preschool Teacher, Kate, reading one of their favourites, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by clicking on this link