Threading in Nature

Threading is a great tool to assist hand-eye co-ordination.

Rather than using paper & card, we often give the children exciting media to explore, including wire racks & leaves, as seen below. The conversations that followed this shot were of healthy plants & what they need to grow & what keeps us healthy & growing too.

Great concentration shown here

Transporting Uphill

How can we transport the sand from the bottom of our ramp to the top, with minimum spillage?

This question was given to our children & they were happy to locate resources to aid their mission. Their team work, conversational & listening skills & determination were all put to the test as they worked out the best way to proceed. A wonderful snapshot of their challenge shows various stages of the process.

Well done for your persistance

Outside is open

With such an amazing space outside the children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring our improved outside area. On offer we have a dedicated space for bikes & scooters, a football goal for penalty shoot outs, a house to climb into & prepare foods. Not forgetting the growing area in which our scented plants will flourish & our vegetable patch where we will hopefully produce a bountiful crop that we can enjoy at cafe, teaching the children so much. Our slides & tunnels to be climbed on & through & all manner of extra resources that we can bring into the outside space too. The list is endless. The children have enjoyed being outside as an entire cohort & as smaller groups of 4-5 friends. The best resource we have is the staff team who have led bug hunts, explored new areas with as much excitement as the children & have endless games & ideas to share with the children. The skills required to put their own shoes, coats, hats & scarfs are growing as the children master these life skills.

What a wonderful start to the term


The children have spent their first full 2 weeks back at pre-school & it has been wonderful. The children who have returned to us after the summer break have been simply marvellous, bouncing back through the door & settling straight back into the routine. Our new children have been equally amazing, happily separating from parents & beginning to explore the setting & make new friends.

We support these transition times by spending our entire morning with the children, supporting friendships, encouraging our older children to lead by example & offering assistance to our younger ones. We are actively involved in their learning & conversations, & are on hand to soothe any small bumps along the way. We make time at the end of session to feed back upon collection.

With such a positive first couple of weeks back, this term certainly looks like a fun one. The children are aware of our upcoming relocation & have already started to visit the new site in small groups. Maybe you have seen us in our hi-vis jackets walking through the village?

Well done to all our pre-schoolers for such a brilliant start to the term.

We’ve been Digging and Planting

We are very excited about our new allotment area and have been hard at work digging it over for planting. Follow the link to see what we are growing.

The parish council for West Wycombe have kindly donated the pre-school some land for planting. We have turned this into our allotment and have been very busy digging this over to get ready for planting. We have started planting seeds in trays and have chosen our favourite vegetables. We have carrots, potatoes, green beans and tomatoes. We have been learning about what plants need to grow big and strong and how their roots bury deep into the ground. We have even begun planting in our pre-school garden and can’t wait to see the colours that our bulbs grow into.

Our Baby Chicks!

The children have had an amazing time watching our 10 little eggs hatch in to fluffy chicks. Follow the link to read more.

The children have been closely watching our 10 eggs and had the best surprise when they came in one morning to find 4 had hatched. Day by day the children watched closely as more cracks began to appear until all 10 eggs had hatched into fluffy little chicks. The children loved naming each one and having cuddles before sending them back to the farm after a two week stay with us. We continued their learning by looking at how a chick forms inside the egg and how quickly our fluffy chicks grow into chickens or cockerels. We even finished our term with a visit from a big chicken called Goldie. We have loved having our baby chicks and can’t wait until next term when we have more little visitors coming to stay with us.

Easter Celebrations

We have been busy bunnies with lots of fun Easter activities in and out of the pre-school. Follow the link to see what we have been doing.

We have been very busy bunnies at pre-school making Easter Bonnets all ready for our Easter Parade!

The sun shone down on us as we paraded around St Paul’s church in West Wycombe along with the reception class children from West Wycombe Primary School. We were all shouting Happy Easter at the Mummies, Daddies and Grandparents and waving are little hands like crazy. We then sang our Easter songs loud and proud for everyone and danced like marvellous Easter Bunnies. Last but not least we enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt around the church grounds and had lots of fun with our families before making our way back to pre-school for a special Easter treat.