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Learning about 'People Who Help Us' at Children 1st @ Plumtree

Keeping Safe and Healthy Children 1st @ Plumtree

To support the topic, ‘People Who Help Us,’ Children 1st @ Plumtree has enjoyed two fun and informative visits over recent weeks. We have been visited by nurse Cathie and our local firefighters from the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (with the fire engine, of course!)

Nurse Cathie talked about how both she and the doctor work to keep us healthy and help to make us better when we are sick. She showed us some of the equipment she uses and then it was our turn to play at being the nurse.

We wrapped the bandages round our patients and used her special torch to look at their mouths and ears. Some of us will make super nurses when we grow up and if we need to visit the nurse when we are poorly we will understand what she is doing to make us better!

Having a visit from our local fire fighters is always exciting. They showed us the special equipment carried on the fire engine and we were even able to hold the water hose and sit in the cab of the fire engine and look at the controls.

The fire fighters showed us their special clothing which they wear to keep themselves safe when they are fighting fires. Most important of all, they told us how we can keep ourselves safe if there is a fire.

Many thanks to nurse Cathie and our firefighters for giving their time so that we can learn more about how to keep safe and healthy.

Please click through the photos to share our special visitors.

People Who Help Us at Children 1st @ Plumtree

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Building On Success at NMT Awards

Building On Success...Children 1st Finalists in 3 categories at NMT Awards 2014

It’s a nail biting time for all at Children 1st following the announcement from Nursery Management Today (NMT), that the company has reached the final round in three award categories. Could this be a triple award win for Children 1st ?

This wonderful news follows on the success of the company in the 2013 NMT awards when it achieved a double award for Nursery Group of the Year and Margaret Mason, our founder and chief executive, received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

As many parents will have seen, the company continues to invest heavily to improve the learning environments and the indoor and outdoor facilities at our nurseries. All of our refurbishment work is planned in consultation with parents and children and we hope you agree that we have created some quite unique environments for your child to enjoy.

The quality of the work and its positive impact on creating such varied areas within each nursery to keep the children engaged with their learning, has been recognised by Nursery Management Today with the result that we are finalists in three categories. These are, Nursery Expansion and Development, Indoor Learning Environments and Outdoor Learning Environments.

We will have to wait until the award ceremony at the end of November to find out the results and we look forward to updating you on the outcomes as soon as we know them. In the meantime our planned refurbishment programme continues to be rolled out across all our nurseries as we build on success and continue to ensure that Children 1st nurseries are great places grow and learn.

 

Duncan the Paramedic Visits Children 1st @ St Peter and St Paul

As part of our project about people who help us, we were pleased to welcome paramedic Duncan and his ambulance to St Peter and St Pauls this week.

Everyone listened attentively as Duncan showed us inside the ambulance. He told us about the equipment and how it is used to help people.

We learned that all the equipment has its own place in the ambulance and it all has to be kept very neat and tidy so Duncan and the other paramedics know where it is when they have to help people very quickly in an emergency.

Duncan has a very important job and told us about what he has to do each day.

Sitting in the driving seat of the ambulance was really exciting. The children loved having the opportunity to sit behind the wheel and pretend to drive.

Many thanks to Duncan and The East Midlands Ambulance Service for giving our children this first-hand experience of a day in the life of a paramedic.

You can see more of the visit by clicking through the slideshow below.

Paramedic Duncan visits Children 1st @ St Peter & St Paul

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Puppets Galore at Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

We’ve had a great week here at Chesterfield getting really creative with SOCKS! Yes, SOCKS!

We have transformed them into dinosaurs, unicorns, parrots and dogs, just to name a few. Our wonderful puppets were made by first deciding on what we wanted our puppet to be.

Then using paint and other materials, including a good helping of glue, we set about transforming the sock into our very own puppet.

Best of all, when the paint and glue had dried, we used our puppets for our own little plays so there was plenty of talking as well!

What a fun time we had. All from a SOCK!

Share our creativity by looking through the photos below.

Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital Sock Puppet Slideshow

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Down on the farm at Children 1st @ Acorns

Old Macdonald had a Farm which Children 1st @ Acorns went to visit!

Here at Children 1st @ Acorns we are very keen on healthy eating and using fresh local produce at meal times. So when we decided to make vegetable soup we thought where better to buy our ingredients than the local farm shop.

As you can see from the pictures, the vegetables were superb. We chose some huge leeks, cabbages and lettuces.

With such splendid vegetables our soup tasted fantastic.

While we were at the farm we had a look at the chickens and found out where they laid their eggs.

The farm dog was happy to see us and was so friendly that he didn’t mind us fussing him!

You can share our day by clicking through the slideshow below.

Children 1st @ Acorns Visit to the Farm

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