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 @ Marjon Explore Farm Shop Role Play!

Flying Start @ Marjon Explore Farm Shop Role Play!

 

The staff at Flying Start @ Marjon have created a wonderful role play area for the children to explore, of a farm shop and potting station!

 

This is a fantastic chance for the children to explore the idea of planting and growing produce, whilst also exploring the role play of a shop environment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children have also got involved with some planting of their own with soil in tyres – they have really enjoyed getting stuck in and messy, using the rakes and trowels!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What amazing fun exploring, gardening, and role-playing!

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 @ Marjon Do Outdoor Painting!

Flying Start @ Marjon Do Outdoor Painting!

 

This week, the children at Flying Start @ Marjon have been exploring the different ways that they can make marks using paint outdoors in the nursery garden!

 

This included standing in paint, throwing powder paint, using a squidgee, and pouring water onto the paper!

 

 

 

 

They had lots of fun to discover all the ways they can make marks using paint, and creating big artwork!

 

 

What great fun, learning, and exploring through creativity and mark-making!

Flying Start @ Marjon Create Large Scale Art Outdoors!

Flying Start @ Marjon Create Large Scale Art Outdoors!
Following on from the recent whole company training day, Flying Start @ Marjon have been embracing large scale art, focusing on the outdoors and natural materials!
 
The staff and children have been working together to make patterns with leaves in the forest, as well as using natural resources to make pictures in the hut!
 
Across all ages they have also been learning about the art of Haba Zome…
They collected flowers, leaves and berries, and then used mallets and hammers to extract the colour out of them onto a sheet to make this amazing large flower design!
 
The children have been so excited and inspired by this large scale creativity!
What a masterpiece!

Flying Start @ Marjon Do Gardening Project!

Flying Start @ Marjon Do Garden Project!

The children & staff at Flying Start @ Marjon have been getting to work in their nursery garden, now that the weather is getting more sunny!

 

 

The children decided they wanted to add some stepping stones and they chatted about it in circle time…

 

 

so they all got their gardening tools out and got digging to lay the stepping stones!

 

Wow, what a great team effort!  

Flying Start @ Marjon Have Local Police Visit!

Flying Start @ Marjon Have Local Police Visit!
Flying Start @ Marjon were very lucky to have a visit from their local police force, who came to tell the children all about how they help keep the community safe!
The children were really fascinated and had their best listening ears on!
 
Then they got to go outside and look at the police car, and even sit in it! 
Plus, the children were allowed to dress up in some of the police uniforms & try on their hats too!
Great fun and lots of learning – a huge thank you to the local police force for giving up their time to come & visit the nursery children!

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 @ Marjon Welcome The Music Man!

Flying Start @ Marjon Welcome The Music Man!
We just had to share these brilliant photos… Flying Start @ Marjon had a special visit from the Music Man!
 
Chris – the music man – came in to nursery with his guitar, for a big song & games session with the children!
 
As you can see from the photos, the children were very excited to have a live guitar performance, and couldn’t wait to sing along and join in with the games!
 
Their favourites were… sleeping bunnies, wheels on the bus, twinkle twinkle, and old mcdonald!
 
A huge thank you to Chris for this wonderful visit!

Flying Start @ Marjon Visit Local Residential Home!

Flying Start @ Marjon Visit Local Residential Home!

The children at Flying Start @ Marjon went on a special visit to a local residential home called ‘Down House’ to visit the residents there!

The children had a great time there chatting to the residents, and then exploring play dough, puzzles, balloons, colouring in, playing with animals, and reading stories … wow!

The residents then joined in with singing songs with actions, which the children and residents both really enjoyed!