We are always looking for ways to improve the nursery environment and experience for our children and we have had a busy time during these past few Autumn weeks!
Following the recent relocation of kitchen equipment and staff to the new larger Park School kitchen, we have transformed the old nursery kitchen space into a brand-new dining area. The freshly prepared food is delivered daily straight from the new school kitchen to our new dining room where staff serve up the delicious meals. The tables and chairs have been set out in the new space to encourage the children to become more independent at lunchtime. The children have been excited to help lay the cutlery, pour water and even clear plates and this change has seen them become more sociable during their meal times. We have introduced two lunchtime sittings, which has allowed us to create a calm atmosphere and a positive experience for the children.
Our outdoor learning environment is an integral part of our nursery space and we love to explore ways of improving the facilities. Over a few busy weekends, we revamped the remote garden with an additional barked area in anticipation of muddy winter play days. We have also improved our terrace step garden to increase the usable space during the winter months. Our outside play practitioners have put their DIY skills to good use by building an outdoor book snug in the baby garden and have added a boat, complete with fishing nets, for some great imaginative play for the older children. Outside learning is a favourite at Dean Park Day Nursery and the children have loved exploring and playing together.
And, we can’t forget our re-vamped inside space, our nursery practitioners kindly set aside a weekend to complete a mini-makeover of the nursery rooms. After a declutter and freshen up, the transformation began. Sixty-minute makeover it wasn’t, but the results were definitely as good, if not better. The children were so excited to see the changes and have had so much fun enjoying our role play and construction areas, the sensory room and our new cosy book corner. The transformation has been received well by parents and children alike – a big thumbs up!
Nursery manager Kelly Yates commented: “I’m thrilled with the enhancements to the Dean Park Day Nursery setting and the impact it has had on nursery life – with thanks to our committed and hugely talented early years practitioners who dedicated their own time to help create an engaging and inspiring learning environment for our under-fives. It has been wonderful to see the reaction on the children’s faces to their new setting and to watch them find enjoyment from the facilities. We may see them as improvements to each of our rooms, but for our children they are adventures.’
In recognition and celebration of International Grandparents Day, Dean Park Day Nursery opened its doors to the children’s grandparents for a stay and play session, giving them the opportunity to see and experience the nursery setting for themselves.
Following a brief introductory session with the staff, grandparents were invited into the nursery to meet their excited little ones who were eager to take them on a tour of their favourite play areas and involve them in ‘messy play’ activities. What a beautiful sight it was to see the sensory room, book corner and role play areas filled with doting grandparents playing and exploring with their grandchildren.
Our gardens and outdoor learning facilities were a big hit with everyone. The children showed off the nursery guinea pigs and there was lots of fun to be had; building, painting, digging and even making mud pies. The playtime hour flew by and all too quickly it was time to say goodbye.
One happy grandparent said: ‘What a wonderful morning for all involved, from reading stories to balancing bricks, from sensory play to outside play. From sticking and drawing to saying hello to the nursery pets, I’ve enjoyed a brilliant time with my granddaughter at her nursery. We often hear so much about the fun and adventures she gets up to during her time at nursery, but now I have experienced it too. Thank you so much to all the staff at Dean Park Day Nursery that welcomed us so warmly.’
Nursery Manager, Kelly Yates commented: ‘We were so pleased to share an hour of playtime with the grandparents of our children and see the interaction between the generations. The excitement of the children this morning has been something very special to witness – it was lovely to see the bond between grandchild and grandparents who often play such a vital role in family life. It’s been a fun morning and we look forward to doing again sometime soon!”
We are pleased to announce that Park School has broken ground on its first new all-weather training grid, which is to be located here at Dean Park Day Nursery.
On Wednesday 5th September work began, with the first of three pitches laid down on the field. The expected completion date for the work is between 5-6 weeks and we are hoping the grid will be ready for use after the October half term holidays.
The grid will provide a state-of-the-art surface for netball, hockey, football training and competitive fixtures. The new sporting facilities will be available to Park School and Park School Nursery children, as well as our little ones at Dean Park Day Nursery. We will have full use of the pitches during our morning sessions and they’ll be especially beneficial during the wetter months when the field is often too waterlogged to enjoy, meaning we can continue to utilise the grounds for outdoor learning and sporting activities.
Dean Park Day Nursery Manager, Kelly Yates commented: “We are extremely excited about the new training grid that will be available to us later this year – it will be a welcome addition to our facilities and we are pleased to see Dean Park Day Nursery’s vast grounds being actively used for sporting purposes. Feel free to come along and see the work in progress while supporting the children and if you have any questions about how we will be using these new facilities, please just ask!”.
When asking your child how their day at nursery was, do you get the usual shrug of the shoulders or one-word reply? We appreciate how important it is for parents to know exactly what their child has been up to and how they are progressing. We are excited to announce that Dean Park Day Nursery has invested in a fantastic new digital reporting system that will ensure parents are always in-the-know.
LearningBook is a digital learning journal that the nursery will be using moving forward to observe, track and view information on each child’s progress easily and securely. The new technology has been designed to improve home-nursery communication, giving parents a real insight into their child’s learning. The system allows parents to work in partnership with the nursery, engaged with their child’s learning and development, while actively participating in the process.
We will be uploading photographs, videos, voice clips, observations and assessments to each child’s learning journey on a regular basis and we invite parents to do the same. If you take a photograph or video of your child at home, learning a new skill or enjoying a new experience, you can simply upload it to their online learning record, which will create a full account of their early years education.
What’s more, at the end of a child’s nursery experience, parents have the option to purchase a hard back or digital copy as a keepsake.
If you’re a parent of a child at Dean Park Day Nursery, make sure you have your child’s log-in details from their early years keyworker. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s learning journey.
Children and staff celebrated Dean Park Day Nursery’s first anniversary this week, with fun, games and lots of cake!
Since restoring the Cooper Dean Pavilion and opening its doors on 5th September 2016, we are pleased to have welcomed over 120 children and created over 15 jobs for Dorset’s Early Years workers.
Nursery Manager, Kelly Yates commented: “It’s been wonderful to celebrate our first birthday this week with the children – what a year it’s been! In addition to the grand opening of our brand-new nursery, we have launched our impressive outdoor facilities, which utilises the nursery’s vast open spaces to create a setting that has a real focus on outdoor learning and discovery.
“We have also unveiled a new baby room, in direct response to the growing demand for us to accept and look after more children aged between 3-18 months. Next on the cards is a brand new sensory room – watch this space!
“We look forward to another successful and busy year at Dean Park Day Nursery as we continue to watch our babies, toddlers and pre-school children grow and flourish.”
In case you haven’t already heard, we will be holding our summer family BBQ and leavers party next Friday, 14th July. If you have a child that currently attends the nursery, we would like to invite you (parents, grandparents, siblings and friends) to join us from 4pm-6pm.
We will be so sad to see our pre-school children leave us, but we’re excited for what the future has in store for them. We’ve watched them grow in confidence and develop wonderful little personalities during their time at Dean Park Day Nursery and now it’s time to let them spread their wings. So, let’s send them off to school in style!
As well as the chance to get together for an evening of fun and food, the children will be taking part in Sports Day races out on the field. We’re especially looking forward to the parents’ egg and spoon race!
Please remember to let us know you’re coming so we can prepare enough BBQ burgers and let’s all keep our fingers crossed for sunshine… see you there!
A fun-filled morning was had by all on Saturday at our Open Day and grand unveiling of our new outdoor learning facilities.
The sun shone brightly as families from across Bournemouth and Poole joined staff for a picnic and the chance to look around the nursery and our new garden, consisting of a tyre mountain, mud kitchen, rope swing and transient art station.
Nursery Manager, Kelly Yates commented: “We’re thrilled with the turn-out at last weekend’s Open Day and the positivity we have received surrounding the launch of our very special new garden. The nursery’s vast open spaces have enabled us to create a setting that has a real focus on outdoor learning and discovery, allowing children to experience and interact with nature every day.
“The opportunity to connect with the natural world and engage in outdoor play offers countless benefits to young children, including encouraging creativity and improving fitness and physical development. It’s wonderful to have such fantastic facilities on-site for the children to enjoy.”
After a very busy few weeks of building and decorating, we’re pleased to have launched a fabulous new baby room within our nursery.
As well as a wide selection of books and toys, the room offers its own sleeping area, kitchen and sensory wall. It also has direct access to the nursery’s outdoor learning facilities, where babies can be free to explore the garden and safely enjoy the coming summer months.
Nursery Manager, Kelly Yates commented: “We’re thrilled to have expanded Dean Park Day Nursery with the addition of our new baby room. The development is in direct response to the growing demand for us to accept and look after more children aged between 3-18 months. Our babies have thoroughly enjoyed playing in their new room this week and it has been well received by parents – a success on both counts.
“We understand that it can be an anxious time for parents who are considering returning to work and leaving their little ones in the trusted care of others. We want to make this transition period as easy as possible for both the children and their families. Our vision is to create an environment where your child is loved, cared for, nurtured and respected for their wonderfulness.”
We now have the capacity to look after nine babies per day and are currently taking bookings for July 2018 onwards. If you would like to arrange a visit to look around the nursery and speak to our staff, please get in touch.
Dean Park Day Nursery staff and children got into the spirit of Red Nose Day on Friday by wearing their best fancy dress and hosting a cake sale, raising £92 – an impressive amount for such little people!
Pirates, animals, superheroes and fairies were among some of the costumed characters that spent the day playing fun games and activities and making cakes to sell to their families. Staff also joined in, wearing face paints and sporting the signature red nose. With thanks to the kind and generous donations of those supporting the children, proceeds raised will be equally shared between Comic Relief and local charity, Julia’s House.
Nursery Manager, Kelly Yates commented: “We’re delighted to have raised nearly £100 through the nursery’s Red Nose Day fundraising activities. As well as having a fun-filled day in support of Comic Relief and our local charity of choice, Julia’s House, the children learnt the importance of helping those who are less fortunate than themselves. It was a pleasure to organise and be a part of.”