There were exciting learning opportunities at every turn for children at Brinds Well Day Nursery in Chelsfield as they took part in a series of activities inspired by their interests.
With one child sharing their experience of visiting a sunflower garden, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Hawstead Lane were fascinated to learn more about the flowers and their life cycle, before planting their very own sunflower seeds, which they will continue to care for and monitor growth to practice early math and measuring skills.
To extend the focus, children worked together in small groups to co-research the iconic ‘Sunflowers’ painting by Vincent van Gogh, using books and the interactive whiteboard to learn more about the artist and the inspiration for his artwork, before showcasing their creativity by making their own masterpieces, using images and real flowers for reference.
Following an interest in bears across the nursery, each age-appropriate room selected their own themed book, with choices including ‘That’s Not my Bear’ and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, with themed activities inspired by each book, from packing suitcases for Paddington Bear’s travels to making porridge in the kitchen for Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
As part of the activities, children enjoyed travelling around the nursery to different London themed locations made famous by Paddington and tried marmalade on crackers, before taking to the garden for their very own teddy bear’s picnic, complete with their favourite cuddly toys and treats including homemade sandwiches, cakes and fruit and veg platters.
Brinds Well Day Nursery Manager, Vanessa Watkins explained;
“We have had a wonderful time watching the children immerse themselves in these activities. Observing and following their interests allows us to further tailor our curriculum and learning experiences to their individual needs. We believe that when children are engaged and passionate about what they’re learning, the possibilities for their growth and development are endless.”
We prioritise the importance of outdoor play at Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard. All children at our Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery have access to our large, natural garden area on a daily basis as we recognise the impact that being outdoors has on a child’s social, emotional and physical development. The children enjoy planting vegetables and tasting their produce, served by our dedicated Nursery Chef.
Cedars Day Nursery, Mentmore Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PA
Tel: 01525 850200