Flying Start @ Duchy Do Group Story Writing!

Flying Start @ Duchy Do Group Story Writing!

The pre-school children at Flying Start @ Duchy have been having a go at coming up with their own stories in a big group!

 

 

 

Firstly, the keyworker started the story off and each child went one after the other and came up with what happens next!

 

 

 

The children each drew their own picture about what happens next to illustrate their story too!

 

The children concentrated so well doing this activity and they have been really enjoying making their own stories up!

 

 

Flying Start @ Duchy Hold Charity Pyjama-rama Day!

Flying Start @ Duchy Hold Charity Pyjama-rama Day!

Well done to Flying Start @ Duchy who celebrated the Pyjamarama Day in aid of the Book Trust!

 

 

The whole nursery wore pyjamas into nursery for a day, and spent the whole day reading lots of different books – some children even bought in their favourite story book to share with everyone!

 

 

The pre-school children also made up their own story, and each child had a go at adding their own part into the story
and then drawing it onto a story line…

 

 

 

 

The nursery also had a cake sale to raise more funds for the book trust, which aims to allow all children to have a storybook!

Flying Start Nurseries Win Top 20 Nursery Group Award!

Flying Start Nurseries Win Top 20 Nursery Group Award!
Flying Start Nurseries have won a prestigious TOP 20 NURSERY GROUP AWARD from daynurseries.co.uk! 🎉🎉
 
We are absolutely delighted to be recognised as a top 20 nursery group for 2019!
 
A huge well done to all our staff teams and managers in each of our nurseries, for their commitment to giving every child a FLYING START to lifelong learning!! 🎈🎈🎈
 
Here is to another great year of childcare across Cornwall & Devon, by Flying Start Nurseries!

Flying Start @ Duchy Host An Amazing Craft Week!

Flying Start @ Duchy Host An Amazing Craft Week!
The whole nursery at Flying Start @ Duchy have had a ‘Craft Week’, where they focused all their activities on creativity all week, and rounded off with a big natural craft event on Friday!
 
The children have been having a go at using natural resources such as pine-cones, leaves, sticks and flowers to create their very own environmental art pictures based on the work of Andy Goldsworthy, – which is also known as ‘transient art’!
 
They also set up a full ‘Hapa Zome’ station, which is the Japanese art style where you use hammers with natural objects to beat out the colour pigments! The children had so much fun exploring this very interactive art style!
 
They used leaves, berries, and flower petals between 2 pieces of cloth, then they put on their safety goggles, and got to work with their hammers to bash the cloth… there was so much excitement as the colours began to release into patterns!
 
Next up, the children used willow branches to weave – they used their imagination to twist the branches into shapes, creating bracelets, magic wands, an aeroplane, and one child even made their own race track!! Wow!
 
Finally, they created some colourful weaving boards using ribbons and jute string. And even made their very own giant 3D Flying Start FLORA logo!!
     
 
What amazing creativity, and so many exciting unusual art activities for the children to explore!
Thank you to the parents who came along to join in at Duchy nursery, and look out for the amazing artwork which will be displayed in the nursery!

Flying Start @ Duchy Climb Trees In The Forest!

Flying Start @ Duchy Climb Trees In The Forest!
Flying Start @ Duchy have been heading to the forest to explore some risky play… exploring the trees and seeing which ones they can climb!
 
First, the children walked round to find a good tree for climbing, then they assessed the risk for themselves with the help of the staff members, and looked at which parts of the tree are safe to climb….
They all did an amazing job at climbing the trees, and watching where they are putting their feet the whole time!
 
They also looked for trees which had sturdy branches for swinging on – such good fun!

Flying Start @ Duchy Toddlers Explore Mark Making With Paint!

Flying Start @ Duchy Toddlers Explore Mark Making With Paint!
The toddlers at Flying Start @ Duchy have been exploring paint and using different objects to make marks!
 
They have tried out using brushes, sponges, cars, and their hands to make marks and be creative!
 
They explored making large movements in the paint with their hands, and then also had a at mixing the colours altogether!
 
Lots of messy & creative fun!

Flying Start Nurseries Sign National Mental Health Manifesto

Flying Start Nurseries Sign National Mental Health Manifesto
Today is the beginning of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and Sharon Cowburn, Director of Flying Start Nurseries, proudly signed the ‘Where’s Your Head At’ Manifesto.
 
This is a national document that all businesses are being invited to sign, and it shows a company’s commitment to mental health awareness, and creating a mentally healthy workplace.
 
Read more about the manifesto here: http://www.wheresyourheadat.org/manifesto/
 
The ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign is calling for a working world where mental health is supported and protected. A world where wellbeing is at the heart of all we do, and where businesses have employees trained in Mental Health First Aid.
 
Flying Start Nurseries is proud to have trained their senior management in Mental Health First Aid, and making an ongoing commitment to wellbeing in the workplace.
 

Flying Start @ Duchy Celebrate Flora’s Birthday!

Flying Start @ Duchy Celebrate Flora’s Birthday!
Flying Start @ Duchy celebrated Flora (the little girl in our logo flying her kite!) & Flying Start’s 26th birthday with a whole day of fun birthday activities!
 
The babies and toddlers took part in some large
scale art in the garden to decorate a big birthday banner which they now have displayed outside the nursery!
 
They also enjoyed making some fairy cakes for their party afternoon snack, and decorated them with colourful icing!
         
 
The pre-school children worked really hard to find some natural materials in the forest to then bring back and make their own natural Flora designs out of these items!
 
The children also made crowns to wear for their party snacktime and tucked into their delicious cakes!
What delighted faces enjoying birthday celebrations!

Flying Start Nurseries Celebrates 26 Years!

Flying Start Nurseries Celebrates 26 Years!
We are delighted to celebrate that Flying Start Nurseries turns 26 years old today!!🎉
Sharon & Steve Cowburn would like to express a huge thank you to all the staff, families, and children who have been a part of Flying Start over the years, and who join them today in celebrating 26 years!

 
A particularly special mention goes to the amazing staff members who have worked for Flying Start for the whole 26 years, or were original staff who have returned to the company! And also to members of staff who were previously children in the nursery – wow!!
 
Today and throughout this week, the nurseries will be celebrating the nursery anniversary – and the birthday of the little girl in our logo who we call Flora!
 
Here is to many more years of providing a ‘Flying Start to lifelong learning’!
 

Flying Start @ Duchy Get Creative In The Forest!

Flying Start @ Duchy Get Creative In The Forest!
Wow, check out Flying Start @ Duchy getting creative during forest school doing a process called ‘happa zome’…
 
The children have been really enjoying making different patterns using natural objects and materials.
To do ‘happa zome’, the children firstly look around and collect natural items of their choice, then they wrap them in material, and then bang them with a hammer or something heavy like a rock!
 
This creates a unique pattern on the material, which they unwrap to reveal!
 
The children were experimenting with lots of different items and predicting what the pattern would look like once they had ‘bashed’ it!
Plus, they had some really important conversations about keeping safe when using hammers and heavy objects
Great work, Duchy!