Staff Member of the Month – May

Congratulations to Rachel Girdlestone, our Housekeeper, who was our Juice Nursery May Staff Member of the Month. Rachel was nominated by colleagues for doing an absolutely sterling job over the past month, going over and above, keeping us all organised and ship shape.  An unsung hero of the nursery, Rachel always works extremely hard, and this is very well deserved!

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!”