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!

Flying Start @ Duchy Meet Tiny Chicks!

Flying Start @ Duchy Meet Tiny Chicks!

 

The children & staff at Flying Start @ Duchy were very excited to have a special Easter visit!

One of the nursery grandparents brought in some very very special visitors… a mother hen and it’s 3 day old chicks!!

 The children were able to touch the chicks, very carefully, and learnt all about how they are hatched in an egg!

 

A huge thank you to the Duchy grandparent who gave the children such a special experience!

Flying Start @ Duchy Have Local Police Visit!

Flying Start @ Duchy Have Local Police Visit!
The children at Flying Start at Duchy had a special visit at the nursery from the local police!
 
The police officers brought their police car & motorbike with them to show the children – and the children were allowed to explore them, sit on them, and have their photo taken!
 
The children learnt about the different signs that the police use on the roads, why they use flashing lights and all of the other equipment that is used to help keep people safe.
 
It was a very valuable experience for the children, and the children were very excited – a massive thank you to the local police for visiting our Duchy nursery!

Flying Start @ Duchy Visit The College Farm!

Flying Start @ Duchy Visit The College Farm!
Look at these brilliant photos of Flying Start @ Duchy pre-school going for a visit at the college farm!
    
They travelled in style as a tractor and trailer picked them up from nursery and took them up to the farm! The children loved it, and were taking in all the sights and sounds from the tractor ride!
Once they were at the farm, they visited the milking parlour where they met a huge cow!
  
The farmer talked to the children about where the milk comes from & what the cow eats, and showed them the milking machine…and then they even watched the cow get milked!
 
The children also got to stroke a little calf and a lamb!
 
 
And the treats weren’t over… the children were given lots of different cathedral city
cheeses to take home – delicious!
 
And they went back to college on a tractor… wow, what an exciting trip!
A huge thank you to the college for welcoming the children to the farm, and giving them such a special day out!

Flying Start Nurseries Win Silver Award For Healthy Workplaces!

Flying Start Nurseries Win Silver Award For Healthy Workplaces!
Flying Start Nurseries are delighted to win the Silver Award for Healthy Workplaces, in the first year of attempting this award!
 
Flying Start were particularly recognised for:
 
 Wellbeing wall and wellbeing boxes for staff to access which include magazines, colouring and puzzle books
 Staff away day, including beach games
 Ensuring staff can talk openly about their mental health
 Training 38 members of staff in Level 2 Mental Health Awareness
 Training all Senior Staff in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
  The CEO is a qualified MHFA trainer
 
The whole company is delighted to gain this Healthy Workplace Award, and all staff will continue to focus on the physical and mental health of their colleagues and all of the children!

Flying Start @ Duchy Host Forest School Stay & Play!

Flying Start @ Duchy Host Forest School Stay & Play!

Flying Start @ Duchy were delighted to invite the toddler parents in to join them for their forest session!

They went on a special forest trail to find various creatures and were very lucky to find a worm, a spider and a bird!

The children and adults all listened to the sounds along the way and identified what they thought they were, found lots of leaves and matched them to the trees…

And then of course had some fun playing in the mud, making pies!

A huge thanks to the parents and guardians who came along to join in with the forest fun!