Getting ready for school in the Green Room

With our Juice Children’s Nursery preschool (also known as the Green Room!) going from strength to strength, we have decided to introduce a uniform for the children within this room, following research that suggests that wearing a uniform can be very beneficial, increasing social, behavioural and academic progress within an educational setting. It will bring Juice preschool in line with many school nurseries out there, as well as helping to give the children a sense of identity and ‘school readiness’. Plus, we think it looks rather splendid too, wouldn’t you agree?!

Introducing our new Mud Kitchen…let’s get busy!

Our Juice Nursery Mud Kitchen is now up & running & children in our Blue, Orange & Green Rooms are thoroughly enjoying mixing up their muddy concoctions, using a range of natural materials, including stones, conkers, twigs & loam top soil! With SO many benefits, the mud kitchen context & its materials result in young children engaging in an incredible variety of actions, such as filling, pouring, mixing, transferring, scooping, moulding, picking, mark making, measuring, brewing…the list is endless! In addition, the range of potential experiences is also vast, including sorting, classifying, enquiring, cooking, testing & many more! Young children are biologically programmed to explore, making connections through discovering and investigating cause and effect – the stuff of brain development & scientific process. An even more powerful level of experience for the young explorer is that they are the one making things happen – giving feelings of control and power and, over time, building a child who has a strong inner sense of agency (which itself is key to well-being and mental health). All this, plus did you know that contact with soil actually increases our serotonin levels, making us happy? Contact with soil is also beneficial as the bacteria in it will help to build up healthy, functioning immune systems – all vital in young children! Phew, who knew getting messy in mud could be so beneficial!?

(Article written is based on the book Making a Mud Kitchen, written by Jan White.)

The Hale & Altrincham Baby & Children’s Fair

Well, what a morning we had at our third Hale & Altrincham Baby & Children’s Fair! Hosted by our goodselves, Juice Children’s Nursery, in association with Raring2Go, we welcomed 25 exhibitors, to Altrincham’s Cresta Court, for a morning of family fun! With Rhythm Time, Little Superstars, Jacappella, Jo Jingles AND Tumble Tots all on hand, providing activity sessions, our smaller guests also loved playing in our Autumn inspired sensory corner, complete with homemade playdough & scented rice!! We had a fabulous range of stalls, including Playtoes, Go Great Toys, Betty & Belle, All That Glitters, GGB, Beau Bebe, Made with Love, Zippy, Crafty Memories, Crafty Deville, Bumps & Bashes, Kraamzorg UK, JuicePlus Secret, The Village Osteopath, Neal’s Yard, Joe & Joe Baby & Aqua Babies, all showcasing their various wares! We were also delighted that CAFT’s Julie Gray, our chosen charity, was able to join us. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes to our raffle & to all those who supported us by coming along on the day! Here’s to the next one..!