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Spring Gardening Activities For Families

Spring is fast approaching, and it’s the perfect time to introduce your little ones to the wonders of gardening! Engaging in gardening activities with young children not only fosters a love for nature but also provides valuable learning experiences. Our nursery practitioners have put together a couple of activities to get you and the little ones started.

Curriculum Implementation

Curriculum Implementation

Body, Mind, Spirit, Belong, Contribute, and Thrive – the pillars that underpin the new curriculum that was introduced beginning in Autumn 2022.

Providing SEND Support

Providing SEND Support

The effects of the Covid pandemic are still being discovered, however, within our nursery we have seen a significant rise in children under 5 presenting with a variety of additional needs. Our team has risen to meet the need with extra training, provision and partnership work to help support each child with their particular needs.

The Wonder of Wondering

The Wonder of Wondering

Why use ‘I Wonder’ questions you may ask? The answer is simple; we want our children to explore, be curious and think deeply about the world around them.

Christmas at YMCA Day Nursery

What a Christmas we’ve had at YMCA Day Nursery! We kicked off the festivities by holding 2 successful Christmas sing-alongs that saw Cafe 1879 packed to the rafters with the children’s family and friends.

The story of Jade and her Mum

Jade* and her mum arrived in North Tyneside not long before Christmas. The background to their story is deeply upsetting; Jade’s mum was initially...

Jubilee Tea Party

Over 60 children, staff, parents and carers came together to celebrate during our Platinum Jubilee Tea Party. Everyone had a fantastic time! It was our first Stay and Play post-COVID restrictions and what a delight it was to see the joy on the children’s faces as they took part in Jubilee-themed activities alongside their parents and carers. Lisa, our Nursery cook, prepared a lovely afternoon picnic for everyone with finger sandwiches, sausage rolls and cakes. It all went down exceedingly well and we’re looking forward to the next Stay and Play!

Supporting Families this Christmas

2021 has impacted many of us financially and emotionally, especially after the events of the previous year. Many have been furloughed or lost their jobs due to Covid, not to mention the reduction in Universal Credit. So, over the past few months we have partnered with The Works in North Shields whose customers have kindly donated new toys, books and activities to support some members of our nursery family. Each donation will help us support some of our more vulnerable families this Christmas, making sure the families can give their children a happier Christmas this year.

Physical Development in YMCA Day Nursery

Physical development is vital in children’s all round development to enable them to thrive and have a happy and healthy life. Throughout the nursery environment, children have the opportunity to take appropriate risks in their physical play to enhance both their fine and gross motor skills.