Little farmers at Kids 1st Wansbeck

Little farmers at Kids 1st Wansbeck -

Little farmers at Kids 1st Wansbeck

Over the past few weeks are children at Kids 1st Wansbeck have been learning all about nature and the outdoors. The children loved hearing all about insect life cycles and how caterpillars transform into butterflies.

The staff bought a butterfly kit so the children could observe the fascinating changes a caterpillar goes through. The children took it in turns to help look after their new ‘pets’ and even helped feed them. They were very excited to come in one day to find the caterpillars had emerged from their cocoons as beautiful butterflies fluttering around in their little home!

Our children also really enjoyed learning about plants and how they grow. They had so much fun staff decided to create a fantastic indoor garden and vegetable patch for the children to play with. They have all been pretending to be farmers, tending to their veg patches and looking after their plants!

Macmillan coffee morning at Kids 1st Low Fell

Macmillan coffee morning at Kids 1st Low Fell -

Macmillan coffee morning at Kids 1st Low Fell

Kids 1st Low Fell will be hosting a Macmillan coffee morning on Tuesday 29th August in order to raise money for the fantastic charity.

The professionals, volunteers, and campaigners at Macmillan work tirelessly to help those who are affected by cancer and we wanted to help them as much as possible by raising funds to donate to the cause.

The nursery will be offering a range of temptingly tasty treats, so don’t forget to bring some change with you!

Thank you in advance for your support.

Adventures in space at Kids 1st Wansbeck

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Adventures in space at Kids 1st Wansbeck

Kids 1st Wansbeck has gone were no nursery has gone before… into space!

Our Puffins have recently been learning all about space. The children have been fascinated to hear all about our solar system and the plants that surround us.

The children enjoyed the subject so much, our staff decided to create a space themed tuff spot for the children to interact with. They designed a moon landing play area for the children to act out secret space missions using the spaceships, rockets, astronauts and aliens. The tuff spot even had moon dust for the children to play with!

The staff also added sparkly material under the tuff spot to create a fantastic space den for the children to explore and use for role-play. The den was decorated with lots of rope and star lights to make the area look like outer space! The children were thrilled to see how amazing the space themed tuff spot looked and couldn’t wait to pretend they were off on adventures through time and space!

Disney On Ice and Kids 1st launch Passport to Kindness

Disney On Ice and Kids 1st launch Passport to Kindness -

Disney On Ice and Kids 1st launch Passport to Kindness

We are delighted to announce we are working with Disney On Ice once again! This year we are bringing the joys of kindness to our nurseries with a caring challenge inspired by Disney On Ice. During the next few weeks, our pre-school children have the chance to win a family ticket to the opening night of their new show, Passport to Adventure.

Each child will be given their own ‘Passport to Kindness’ and challenged to get involved in being kind to one another in order to collect their ‘kindness’ stamps. Being kind is something that is well rooted in both Kids 1 st and Disney’s ethos and values – so this is a fun and exciting way to encourage our children even further.

The children have been very excited to receive their passports and start collecting the ‘kindness’ stamps. With our children being so well mannered and helpful already, the stampers have not had much of a rest and may even run out of ink before the competition has ended!

Every child who completes their passport will be entered into a lucky prize draw at the end of August and a winner will be selected at random from each of our thirteen nurseries. Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure arrives at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena in October, featuring a host of Disney favourites, including the Lion King, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid and Frozen. Families will also be treated to a fun warm up with the Fit to Dance pre-show featuring Zootropolis!

Good luck everyone!

Kids 1st in the kitchen – Tuna ‘Meatballs’

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Kids 1st in the kitchen – Tuna ‘Meatballs’

This month’s recipe is a popular choice for both our children and staff! The children love this fun (and healthy) take on a traditional Italian dish and we are sure you will too.

Ingredients:
2 cans of Tuna
Zest of 1 lemon
A handful of fresh parsley
50g Brown breadcrumbs
1 Egg
50g grated mild cheddar cheese
Vegetable oil

Method:

Step 1
Flake the tuna into a large bowl, add the lemon zest, parsley, breadcrumbs, cheese and eggs. Mix well.

Step 2
Roll the mixture into balls, leaving them to chill and set in the fridge until you are ready to cook.

Step 3
When you are ready to cook the tuna meatballs, heat a little oil in a frying pan and cook till browned, turn frequently.

Tip: Serve with whole-wheat spaghetti (400g) and a tasty tomato sauce for an extra tasty dinner.

* Serves around 4-6

Room on the Broom at Kids 1st Durham

Room on the Broom at Kids 1st Durham -

Room on the Broom at Kids 1st Durham

Kids 1st Durham Penguins have really enjoyed reading the book ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson recently. The story follows a kind witch as she makes lots of new friends and fights to defeat a grumpy dragon.

The children loved to hear all about the witch’s adventure so much we decided to get the children involved in lots of fun activities inspired by the story.

They had lots of fun painting pictures of the characters and their favourite scenes. The children have also been dressing up and role playing, imagining what other adventures the witch, her cat and new friends might go on!

The staff even created a fantastic ‘Room on the Broom’ themed tuff spot for the children to play with. We created a display showing all the fun our Penguins have had thanks to this wonderful book.

Kids 1st Darlington create their very own superhero!

Kids 1st Darlington create their very own superhero! -

Kids 1st Darlington create their very own superhero!

This week our children at Kids 1st Darlington have been busy with ‘Supertato’ – a super hero spud who loves to save the day! The book is by Sue Hendra, who is also the illustrator of Barry the Fish with Fingers and Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell – which are firm favourites at Kids 1st!

The children have really enjoyed reading all about Supertato’s exciting adventure as he tries to help his fellow vegetables in the supermarket. They loved the book so much we decided to create a display all about the character and his story.

The children have been letting their imaginations run wild and decided to create their very own superhero character! They talked about all the different ‘special powers’ and ‘super abilities’ their character should have and drew pictures of what they would look like. Using cardboard and lots of paint, the children helped make a model of their superhero.

Once the model was finished, the children decided to name their creation ‘Hiccup’- a crime fighting robot rabbit! The children have had lots of fun making up stories about Hiccup having fantastic adventures and saving the world before tea time!

Child friendly holiday cottages

Child friendly holiday cottages -

Child friendly holiday cottages

Still looking for something to do with the little ones this summer?

Take a look at our child friendly holiday cottage round-up for inspiration!

1. North Bradbury Farm – North Devon
North Bradbury Farm is framed in by beautiful countryside, between the charming market town of South Molton and the pretty village of Chittlehampton. The cottages are decorated with a lovely contemporary feel and have been made fully child friendly. With everything from changing mats, toys and even plug covers and stair gates. The farm offers a range of fun activates and experiences for you and your little ones that encourage Early Years Learning. Please click here for more info.

2. Glynn Barton Cottages – North Cornwall
Glynn Barton Cottages are a group of stunning stone-built cottages situated a short distance from the picturesque hamlet of Cardinham in North Cornwall. The toddler friendly cottages offer a range of first class facilities including swimming pool, daily animal feeds, playground and soft play area. All cottages are fully equipped with everything from cots, stair-gates, bed guards and highchairs to food blenders and child friendly crockery and cutlery. Please click here for more info.

3. Daisy Chain Cottage – Gloucestershire
Daisy Chain cottage is a family owned luxury holiday home, with stunning views of a large lake and the picturesque Cotswolds. Located in the private Lower Mill Estate Nature Reserve within the Cotswolds Water Park, the relaxing views are sure to become your favourite spot to unwind after a day of exploring. The site offers indoor and outdoor heated pools, playgrounds, lots of toys for the children to play with and even access to the multi-million pound Spa – perfect for mum and dad to unwind! Please click here for more info.

4. North Star Apartment – St Andrews, Scotland
North Star is a beautifully modern family friendly apartment that is spread over two floors of a Georgian town house. The apartment is fully equipped with all the baby essentials – the cottage is proud to offer a ‘baby go lightly’ approach and helping guest to pack lightly by providing the whole kit and caboodle! They provide everything from bouncer chairs, playmats, monitors, feeding pillows and sterilisers! They have a very secure private garden, where the children can play and explore the playhouse and swing/ slide set. To top it all off, the cottage is a 2 minute walk to the beautiful West Sands beach and strollers are provided! Please click here for more info.

5. Clydey Cottages – West Wales
Foxglove cottage is a picturesque holiday home with a charming 18th century stone exterior, with a cosy home-from-home stylish interior. The cottage is surrounded by a breath-taking view of meadows, rolling hills and woodland areas for you and the family to explore. You and the children certainty won’t be bored with all the fantastic activates the cottage has to offer. They have everything from a spa suite, hot tubs and a sun deck for the adults! As for the children, keep them entertained with the daily animal feedings and egg collections rounds. There is also a well-equipped play area and indoor soft play room. To top it all off, the site offer a complimentary children’s club/creche! Please click here for more info.

Little helper at Kids 1st Rake Lane

Little helper at Kids 1st Rake Lane -

Little helper at Kids 1st Rake Lane

Kids 1st Rake Lane is proud to care for Deputy Manager, Lindsay’s daughter Emily. She attends daily and loves her key person, Amber in Starfish One. She also loves all of her carers and spends lots of time exploring both the indoor and outdoor areas.

Emily is about to go through her first Kids 1st transition and will move through into her next learning adventure in Starfish Two along with some of her friends. This will be on a phased induction with the support of her key person Amber, if she needs it.

Emily loves helping her mummy at the end of her day! She helps answer the office telephone, taking nursery enquiries and giving lots of nursery advice!

New resident caterpillars at Kids 1st Quorum!

New resident caterpillars at Kids 1st Quorum! -

New resident caterpillars at Kids 1st Quorum!

The children at Kids 1st Quorum have started a new caterpillar theme at nursery this week. A few parents have very kindly gifted us some ‘Grow your own butterfly’ kits as leaving presents and the children were so excited to set it up straight away!

The children can’t wait to look after their new ‘pets’ and have already named them! The new caterpillar class mates have been named Rory, Peppa, Eric, Lola and Marshall. Everyone will help look after and feed the caterpillars as they grow into beautiful butterflies.

Look out for more updates on our new resident caterpillars coming soon!