Staff Member of the Month – September

Well done, Lisa Barrett, our Juice Nursery September Staff Member of the Month. Not only nominated by a fellow colleague but also one of our parents, Lisa is an extremely hard working member of our team (apparently every room should have a Lisa Barrett!) and she is described as being really friendly & welcoming, having a lovely nature with the children. In addition, she is complimented her passion for her job, as well as the children in her care. The parent who nominated her comments, “knowing how caring she is with all the children makes me feel happy I’ve chosen Juice as Benjamin’s & Lucy’s nursery.” And the ultimate compliment, according to his Mum, when Benjamin isn’t in nursery, Lisa is clearly still on his mind as he often says her name. Can’t get better praise than that! Well done Lisa – this recognition is very well deserved!

Introducing Kate to the Green Room…

… as she joins us as our new Juice Nursery Preschool Teacher, covering our current Preschool Teacher, Alex, as she goes off on maternity leave.

With a BA (Hons) in Primary Education, Kate has experience of working with children for many years, in a range of roles, both in this country and overseas, including being a children’s party host, Beaver Leader & Nursery Nurse, before ultimately becoming a teacher.

Kate has taught a range of primary aged children and since having her son, William, is keen to get back into Early Years and as such is really excited about joining our Preschool, and we warmly welcome her to our team.

Cake tastes better together!

We had a totally cake-tastic time here at Juice Nursery today and were overwhelmed by the support that we received!

Thanks to all our children, parents and staff who had clearly been very busy bakers, in support of a fabulous cause, MacMillan Cancer Support.  

We raised a most marvellous £165.42 so a BIG BIG thank you to everyone who baked, donated and most importantly came and ate cake!

Fancy a heuristic play?

We have been having great fun this afternoon making up some new heuristic play packs for the Juice Nursery children to enjoy. But, what is heuristic play we here you say!? Well, for those of you who don’t know, the word ‘heuristic’ comes from the word ‘eurisko’ which means to learn, discover or reach an understanding of something. And the phrase ‘heuristic play’ was a term coined by child psychologist Elinor Goldschmeid in the 1980’s to describe the activity of babies and children as they play with and explore the properties of objects from the real world.

For babies and toddlers, Goldschmeid’s approach to heuristic play revolves around them using their senses and exploring a treasure basket filled with real-world objects made from any material (apart from plastic) that comes from nature and around the house. It is through handling and exploring these objects that babies and toddlers begin to make their own choices and decisions and start to gain an understanding of the world around them. Want to know more, or fancy making your own heuristic basket, then follow this link