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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.

The Reality of a Pandemic Pregnancy

Becoming a parent for the first time can be daunting, and with the added pressures of lockdown isolation, overflowing hospitals and financial stress, it’s fair to say that going through a pregnancy during a pandemic throws up a whole host of new questions and unforeseen circumstances.
YMCA Day Nurseries Deputy Manager Kirsty, bares all, sharing her personal experience of having a newborn during a pandemic.

Educating Children From 0 – 5 Years

The early years foundation stage framework promotes from an early age, children’s ability to learn about identity and culture, supporting them to develop a positive sense of themselves and others.

YMCA Day Nursery: COVID-19 FAQ’s

YMCA Day Nursery have continued to be overwhelmed with the response and support of parents as they continue to provide care for all those placed in the nursery during this pandemic.
Our Nursery manager Ian Pearson has provided some helpful answers to frequently asked questions on how the nursery is responding to COVID-19.

Playing and Learning Outdoors

With all of this amazing weather we’ve been having, The practitioners at YMCA Day Nursery got together and came up with a plan to make the most of the sun by taking learning outside.

A Day in the Life of a Nursery Practitioner

Every morning Beth wakes up bright and early ready to open the nursery doors at 7:30am. But before parents begin to arrive with their children, YMCA staff have a number of important tasks to complete in preparation for the busy day ahead.