We feel that it is important to promote a healthy lifestyle right from the start. We encourage children to play outdoors with lots of opportunities to develop both their bodies and their minds.
At each session children are offered a drink of milk, or chilled water and a “snack”, for which we ask for a contribution of 20p a day (£1 per week) Snack varies enormously, but is always healthy. It could be cheese or fruit – apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, etc. or raw vegetables – carrots, celery, sweet peppers, dips and bread sticks, or the children may make sandwiches, toast or warm bread from time to time. We ask you to contribute £1 a week for snack – payable to Nicola, our secretary, on Mondays. This can be paid weekly, or termly if you prefer.
For children who access a 30 hour place, we ask for a contribution of £2 per week, as they will be having snack both morning and afternoon. Once again, this is payable on a Monday.
In2Nature days are when children spend the whole session/day outdoors, usually in our allotment/nature garden, and on occasions, venturing out to explore some of the wild spaces of Wingate, experiencing nature throughout the seasons. In2nature sessions take place every day, whatever the weather (within reason) with children dressed in warm, waterproof clothing, thermals and strong sturdy footwear. Each family group has an allocated day for In2Nature.
Parents will receive more information at a workshop held in October at nursery, where we share a clear rationale for why we are venturing in2 nature with children, what it’s all about, when we go etc. Parents and grandparents are welcome to join an In2Nature support group and become involved in this fantastic learning opportunity.
Playing outdoors is essential for young children, not just for their growing bodies, but for the development of their minds too. Outdoors they have opportunities for investigation, exploration, for creative experiences, for working together in imaginative play, for sharing and co-operation. We have waterproof waders for everyone, so that weather/water play is never a problem.
We try in every way to help children to understand the importance of looking after teeth and encourage all our children and families to follow our Healthy Teeth Policy. Sweets are discouraged even as birthday treats, as is pop and sugary juice.