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Paediatric First Aid Staff Training.

10 of our staff have recently updated their paediatric first aid training.
The cover photo shows them in action.
Every single member of our staff has first aid training. This is far beyond Ofsted’s requirements (50% of staff) and something we are very proud of as a team.

Poppy

Poppies

A lovely military man selling poppies stopped me today and asked if he could reposition mine – while doing so he told me that women should wear their poppy on their right side; the red represents the blood of all those who gave their lives, the black represents the mourning of those who didn’t have their loved ones return home, and the green leaf represents the grass and crops growing and future prosperity after the war destroyed so much. The leaf should be positioned at 11 o’clock to represent the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the time that World War One formally ended. He was worried that younger generations wouldn’t understand this and his generation wouldn’t be around for much longer to teach them.

I’m really pleased to have learnt some things today that I didn’t know before, although must admit I’ve spent a rather obsessive afternoon wanting to rearrange quite a few strangers’ poppies…

Go Green for Halloween – fundraising for the NSPCC

Pre-school will be holding a Halloween cake sale and also a tombola in aid of the NSPCC. This will be for the week commencing on Monday 26th of October.

The children will be making cakes to sell.They can wear fancy dress all week.

Any donations of cakes/gifts for the tombola will be gratefully received.

There will  be pumpkin play, slime making and a monster disco and fun Halloween activities all week.

Ask the staff in preschool, if you require further information.

Modelling clay ladybird

Make your own modelling dough

Modelling dough gets used up quickly, why not save money by making your own?

This no-cook method is especially good as it can be made safely by children.

What you’ll need

  • Two cups of plain flour
  • One cup of salt
  • One tablespoon of oil
  • One cup of cold water
  • Liquid food colouring (about two drops is usually enough)

The activity, step by step

  1. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl or pan.
  2. Mix the water and the food colouring in a cup.
  3. Add the water/food colouring and the oil to the flour/salt and mix until a dough forms.
  4. Knead the dough well.
  5. If the mix is too wet add in a little flour, if it’s too dry and is crumbling at drop more water.

Teaching points – things you can talk about while you’re enjoying this activity

  • Discuss how the flour feels.
  • Talk about the measurement of the ingredients.
  • Watch as the water changes with the food colouring.
  • Look at how the mixture changes as you mix the dry and wet ingredients.
  • Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy.
  • Communication, language and literacy.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World.

This childcare activity promotes:

  • Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy.
  • Communication, language and literacy.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World.
Ginger Bread Man Children's Activity Illustration 01.

Gingerbread Men – Children’s Fun Baking Activity:

Get creative, and have a tasty treat at the end of this fun children’s activity.
This recipe will make roughly 36 nine-centimetre high gingerbread men.

What you need:

For the gingerbread dough:

  • 450g/1lb plain flour.
  • 1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda.
  • Half a teaspoon of salt.
  • 1 dessertspoon of ground ginger.
  • Half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
  • 110g/4oz of butter.
  • 225g/8oz of soft brown sugar.
  • 1 teacup of black treacle.
  • About 2 tablespoons of evaporated milk.
  • Gingerbread man shaped cutter.
  • Or scissors and card to make your own gingerbread man template.

For decorating:

  • Use dried fruit and/or small sweets.
  • Pre-made icing tubes (for decoration).
  • Or mix your own icing:
    • Icing sugar (see back of pack for instructions).
    • Water.

The activity, step by step:

A. Make the dough:

For younger children, make the dough first and start at step 7. You can prepare the dough the night before and keep it in the fridge.

  1. Prepare your ingredients. If you’re working with younger children it may be easier to weigh everything beforehand.
  2. Sift the flower, soda, salt and spices into a mixing bowl.
  3. Place the butter, sugar and treacle into a saucepan
  4. Adult: Stir over a gentle heat until it’s all dissolved.
  5. Adult: Leave to cool a little then add flour with enough evaporated milk to make a firm dough.
  6. Cool the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes. Why not read the classic story “The Gingerbread Man” while you’re waiting.

B. Make your gingerbread men:

  1. Adult: Set the oven to 325 °F / 170 °C / Gas mark 3
  2. Lightly grease a few baking trays.
  3. Roll out the dough to between 0.5 and 1 centimetre thickness.
  4. Use the cutter to cut out your gingerbread men, or cut a template from a piece of card and use a knife to cut around it.
  5. Carefully lift the cut shapes onto your greased baking tray.
  6. Adult: Place the trays into the oven and bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. When cooked allow them to cool before lifting them off the baking trays.

C. Decorate your gingerbread men:

  1. Use the icing to stick the dried fruit and/or sweets onto your gingerbread men.
  2. Children can have good fun decorating the gingerbread men as people in different jobs and roles.
  3. If you have a writing tube and icing, children enjoy using it to draw on the gingerbread men.

And there you have it! And you’re not just limited to gingerbread men. You can make gingerbread Christmas trees, gingerbread Easter treats, gingerbread footballs…

Teaching points – things you can talk about while you’re enjoying this activity:

  • What does the mixture look and feel like at the different stages in the process?
  • Discuss the different weights and numbers when weighing the ingredients.
  • Discuss the colours when decorating.

Ginger Bread Man Children's Activity Illustration 02.

This childcare activity promotes:

  • Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy.
  • Communication, language and literacy.
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World.