Embarking on an Eco-School Journey

In today's world, it is crucial for educational institutions to cultivate a sense of environmental responsibility among young minds. Inspirations Nurseries and Forest Schools have a unique opportunity to install a love for nature and sustainability in children from an early age. By focusing on key areas such as waste management, biodiversity, and litter reduction, we can create a positive impact on both their immediate surroundings and the wider community.


In this blog, we will explore the initiatives
we have taken so far and our plans for future projects as we embark on our eco-school journey. For our first 3 topics we have chosen waste, biodiversity,and litter.

Waste Management:
One of the essential aspects of becoming an eco-school is effectively managing waste. Our nursery school has already implemented exciting projects like the "Battery Hunt" to raise awareness about proper battery disposal. This initiative not only educates children about the importance of recycling but also encourages them to actively participate in collecting and disposing of hazardous waste.

Building upon this success, our next project is to establish a community litter pick. We will learn about different types of waste, their impact on the environment, and innovative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. By involving the local community, we aim to create a sustainable waste management system that fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility among us all.

Biodiversity:
Preserving and promoting biodiversity is another crucial aspect of our eco-school journey. We believe that connecting children with nature from an early age helps them develop a deep appreciation for the environment and its inhabitants. To achieve this, our nursery has already participated in initiatives like the RSPB's birdwatch, encouraging children to observe and learn about local bird species.


Moving forward, we will focus on creating a biodiversity-rich environment within our premises. We plan to establish wildlife-friendly habitats such as bird boxes, bug hotels, and butterfly gardens. These initiatives will not only provide a haven for local wildlife but also serve as valuable educational resources for our children. By nurturing biodiversity, we aim to create a harmonious ecosystem that fosters learning, curiosity, and a lifelong love for nature.

Litter Reduction:

Litter is a common environmental issue that affects both urban and rural areas.

Inspirations Nurseries and Forest are committed to tackling this problem head-on. In addition to the community litter pick, we are also committed to reducingsingle-use plastic consumption by opting for plant-based alternatives to dairy where we can, refilling bottles, suchas cleaning products, hand soap and washing powder.

As part of our ongoing efforts, we will be launching a community composting project. This project aims to divert organic waste from landfills and transform it into nutrient-rich compost. By involving the local community, we hope to raise awareness about the benefits of composting and encourage sustainable practices at home and in the wider community.


By actively engaging in waste management, biodiversity conservation, and litter reduction initiatives, our nursery is paving the way for a greener and more sustainable future. Through these projects, children not only learn about environmental issues but also develop a sense of responsibility, empathy, and stewardship towards the planet. As we continue our eco-school journey, we hope to inspire other nurseries and forest schools to join us in creating a better world for generations to come.

Tara


Meaningful Art

At Inspirations Nurseries all of our rooms have a focus on creativity, and our Pre-School room have access to our Reggio Emilia Inspired Art Studio, where the children and the Atelierista follow interests to develop and learn through all forms of expressive art. But what should children's art look like? And what makes meaningful art?

I remember as a child being given a template to colour in at school, which is a lovely pastime, but looking back now it feels so hollow. Sure we were given the freedom to choose whatever colour we wanted, and the challenge of trying to stay within the lines, but are there any meaningful moments created here? I used to spend my weekends creating dolls houses from cereal boxes, recording my own radio shows and even creating sculptures from the babybell cheese wax. It was in these moments of creating something out of nothing where meaningful moment were made.

Children express themselves in so many ways, we call this the 100 languages of learning.  When it comes to children's creativity, the adult can sometimes get in the way of the children's full potential, and sometimes the fear of 'mess' is a huge barrier at home. This is why the Art Studio is that place for children to create using their whole bodies, their senses, their hands and their voices.

What makes meaningful Art?

Well, to put it simply, meaningful art happens when the child is fully immersed in the process. We pin too much expectation on what children's art should look like, and put too much focus on a finished product to bring home and stick on our fridge. If we remove that preconceived idea of what a child's creation should look like, then the barriers come down and imagination is unlocked and learning really starts to happen. Art, much like learning is a process, a chance for them to test ideas out, experiment with colour, embrace mistakes, learn the properties of materials, and sure, none of this can happen without mess!

Removing our preconceived ideas of the process or end result doesn't mean the activity is without intent. At Inspirations our activities are open ended, but there's always intent behind it. When setting up any activity, as the educators we ask our selves 'what do we intend them to learn?' and 'how will we implement this?'

Art is not about conforming, the very essence of art is to be free and explore. You may have noticed at Inspirations we don't send children home at christmas with crafts, we don't line our children up in a production line to make valentines cards with a template thought up by an adult. This is because we always put our children at the centre of their own learning, it is their ideas that are to be tried and tested, their mistakes that are learnt from, and their experiments that are creating the blueprint to their future brain connections. When we provide the space, the time and the materials and follow their lead the results are magical, and the process leaves a lasting impression.

-Nathalie


Spot light on...

...The 'Hedgehog Room' Staff

This week we take you to our Baby Room; the original Baby Room from day 1, down at the very bottom of the corridor.

There are 4 dedicated regular members of staff who help make that room what it is. They are the Nursery Rhyme Gurus, the Story Tellers, the Dancing Queens, Messy Play enablers and full time feeders, cleaners and nappy changers, and all with a smile on their faces.

So let's meet the team

Sophie

I’m Sophie the room leader of the Hedgehogs room, I started at Inspirations in May 2021 as the Deputy, before taking over as room leader in September 2022. I  enjoy getting involved with messy activities and splashing in puddles with the children. One thing I love about working with the babies is watching their development progress so rapidly and seeing them turn into independent, confident toddlers as they progress through the nursery.

Alice

I'm Alice, I started working in the Hedgehogs room after working as a Crèche worker in a local Leisure Gym, I recently became deputy.  I enjoy being energetic with the children including singing, dancing  and doing action songs.

Tracy

I started working in the Hedgehog's room in April 2023, I’ve worked with children for over 20 years, I enjoy watching and encouraging the children to hit those important milestones. I enjoy spending time in the  outdoor learning environment watching the children experience the different seasons.

Gypsy

I’m Gypsy the Apprentice, I stared at Inspirations in August 2023. I enjoy reading to the children and playing with the children in the garden. One thing I enjoy about working with the babies is how energetic they are and how the simplest things can make them laugh.

Over the coming weeks we will focus on the staff of each room one by one, finding out how long they have been with us and what they love most about working with children.  Why not look through this blog at home with your children? This is a great way to encourage familiarity or discussion for the more vocal age groups.

 

 

 


Inspirations Daily Routines

A day in the life of...

We pride ourselves on being a Reggio Emilia Inspired, Child- Led nursery, with creativity at the centre of our learning. But of course child-led doesn't mean we are without structure to the day. Structure gives children stability and a sense of security, routine helps children feel safe and secure in their environment be it at home or at nursery. It takes a happy and settled child to be confident learners and explores, and routine helps with settling in to new environments.  We use tapestry to give you updates on specific activities at Inspirations, but if you've ever wondered exactly how the day is structured for your little ones then look no further.

Baby Rooms- Hedgehogs and Butterflies

In the baby rooms the key worker matches your babies routine at home as much as possible, but the general structure of the day is as follows-

  • 8.30 Breakfast
  • 9.00 Nappies
  • 9.30 Morning Activity- (This varies between painting, water play, outdoor play or messy play. The youngest of the room take this time for their morning nap whilst some are outside.)
  • 11.30 Lunch is served, chopped up or blended for the younger ones.
  • Singing time in the soft area of the room whilst lunch is cleaned up
  • 12.00 Nappies
  • 1.00 Sleep times begin- Lights off and lullaby’s on
  • Afternoon Activities and outdoor play
  • 3.30 Tea Time
  • 4.00 Nappies
  • Free play and Home time

Toddler Room- HoneyBees

  • 7.30- Welcome the children/Activities set up
  • 8.30 Breakfast
  • 9.00 Group Time- Story/Yoga and choosing
  • 11.00 Nappy time.
  • 11.30 Lunch Sessions Begin
  • 12.00 Sleep Time on the Mezzanine Begins
  • 2.00 Free flow play
  • 3.00 Nappies
  • 3.15 Tidy Up time and 2 group time
  • 3.30 Tea Time
  • 4-6.00 Afternoon Actives and Home Time

Pre-School- Ladybirds

  • 7.30-8.30 Morning Activities across yurt, outdoor classroom and the mud
  • 8.30 Breakfast
  • 9.00 Carpet time in 2 Groups /Wake up shake up
  • 9.20 Choosing Time and Morning sessions begin (Yurt/Outdoor classroom, Art Studio or Forest School)
  • 11.30- Art Studio Returns for Session 1 Lunch in Dining Room
  • 12.00- Forest School Returns for Session 2 Lunch in Yurt and Dinning Room
  • 12.30 Free Play
  • 1.00 Choosing Time for Afternoon Sessions (Yurt/Art Studio/Forest School)
  • 3.00 Art Studio and Forest School Return
  • 3.30- Tea Time
  • 4-6 Afternoon Activities and Free Play on sight followed by home time.

We are passionate about giving children the best possible start to life, and our nursery rooms and routines are structured to help your children flourish, gain independence and gain the tools and life skills to help them succeed in life. As we round up another wonderful year we want to thank you all as parents, carers and children of our amazing Inspirations Community.

2024 marks 20 years of being a nursery, so we look forward to celebrating with you all later in the New Year. In the mean time we wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Nathalie

 


Adel Inspirations- Before and After School Club

At Adel Inspirations we are a Reggio Emilia inspired setting; our rooms are equipped with natural, up-cycled and recycled resources. Children of all ages explore and investigate unusual items, build and construct with sensory materials and use our real size home kitchen area for role play. We have up-cycled cable reels to use with our wooden cars, trains and animals, along with a fully furnish-able small world house and people. We have opportunities for maths and literacy in all areas as well as a loose parts maths area and a cosy quiet book corner. Inspiration’s creative areas have a wide variety of art resources, clay, paints, pastels, scissors, sticking collage materials, loose parts, colouring pencils, felt tips and paper.

Our Breakfast club has a calm relaxed atmosphere with friendly welcoming staff. Your children can play with all our resources, including art and crafts and choose what they would like to eat from a wide range of cereal, porridge, and toast for £6per morning.

After school club at Inspirations is also staffed with friendly, qualified and experienced practitioners, all with up-to-date DBS checks, first-aid and safeguarding training. We offer a light tea consisting of meals such as beans on toast, wraps, sandwiches, soup and bread and salads.

Our children can choose to play outdoors with our sports equipment, including cricket, football, hula hoops, and tennis. They enjoy having access to the outdoor water tap with buckets and paint brushes, the mud kitchen and sand hut, tarpaulin for den building and hammocks, and can also use the school playground and field. Inside, children play with all our resources, including creative materials, every evening. Our Atelierista (art teacher), Julie, now plans and sets up activities daily for our after-school club and stays until 6pm on a Thursday to work with the children on developing creative skills and techniques using a range of materials such as, clay, Papier-mâché, powder paints, models and natural resources. Therefore if your child enjoys expressing their creativity within a tranquil atmosphere, we can offer this for £12 per session to 6pm.

We have availability Monday to Friday to 6pm. Please email
deborah@inspirationsnurseries.co.uk or phone 0113 2612262 to
book or for more information.


What's On-Christmas in Leeds

Child Friendly Leeds

Leeds has just celebrated 10 years of being a child friendly city with His Majesty the King in attendance to mark the occasion. There are several partners across Leeds working together to create better outcomes for children and young people in Leeds. The Child Friendly Leeds team are responsible for coordinating some of the key work strands that support our citywide ambition to be Child Friendly Leeds. These include communications, events, ambassador engagement, play and enrichment activities and opportunities. They work in partnership with teams and organisations across the city, helping develop connections and partnerships that contribute
towards the outcomes of the Leeds children and young people’s plan and Child Friendly Leeds Wishes.

One of the wishes the child friendly team have, is that children have safe spaces to play, hang out and have fun. Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on The Rights of the Child (UNCRC) states that children have the right to have rest and leisure, including playing and recreational activities. Play is a vital part of healthy development for children and something we have identified at Inspirations too.

Stay in the loop this Christmas

The Child friendly team create a ‘Families’ catalogue every few months to showcase everything that’s going on in Leeds for those months. Included is an educational section, festive events, local news and even Christmas food ideas in November/December.  Follow the link below to see this seasons addition and why not sign up to receive your free copy.

https://issuu.com/familiesonline/docs/fleedsnd23print

Ice Rink at White Rose centre- One I am very excited about is the ice rink opening at the White Rose centre, where they are advertising parent and toddler or quiet sessions. Ice skating is quite an adventurous sport; it requires focus, dedication, and discipline. It also helps with developing concentration skills, as well as being a good leg strengthening workout.
Christmas Markets- You may have seen the Christmas markets are spread across the city this year. Traditional Christmas Markets will be making use of different spaces in the city, which includes the annual market at
Millennium square where they will be hosting ‘winter magic’ from 24th November – 31st December. Expect another ice rink, Bavarian style market stalls and a children’s festive themed funfair featuring the ‘30 metre high Starflyer’ and illuminated wheel of Light. The markets will be open:
Monday to Wednesday 10am-7pm
Thursdays to Saturday- 10am- 9pm
Sundays- 10-6pm

Nutcracker Trail- As part of the Christmas markets, Leeds are hosting a ‘Nutcracker Trail. You can collect your trail map from the Leeds Christmas markets office located in the corn exchange Christmas chalets. Locate
the nutcrackers around Leeds to be in with the chance of winning a voucher! Can you find them all to and solve the magic Christmas word?

Theatre- Between the Carriage Works and the Playhouse there are some lovely productions showing at the theatres; one of which our preschoolers are going to on the 18th December.

https://leeds-list.com/culture/the-pantomimes-christmas-shows-in-leeds-you-wont-want-to-miss/

Horsforth Christmas Lights Switch on is happening this Saturday 2nd December at 5pm, with choirs, live music, dj's and markets from 12pm- 7pm

The Farsley Christmas lights switch on is happening tomorrow night, Wednesday 29th. For other festive markets and choirs here's the link-
https://www.visitleeds.co.uk/winter-season/christmas-markets/

Of course, there’s also the big man himself that everyone wants to see. He will be located at lots of different places across Leeds, that may require booking, please check first. There is an opportunity to write to him to let him know your wishes for this year. You can send your letter to arrive by 30th November to:

Santa,

Santa’s Grotto,

Reindeerland,

XM4 5HQ.

Make sure you include your name and address inside and remember a stamp on your envelope to ensure it gets to him and Santa should reply!

For the adults, there are also festive brunch ideas and lists where all the festive food and drinks are. Including the tipis which will provide the ‘best hot chocolates’ and cosiest spot by the fire under shelter.

Let us know what you get up to by adding to your child’s tapestry journals! The children love sharing this with their friends and the adults at nursery. The older children can tell us more about their always experiences and are really excited to show us what they get up to when they have that quality time with family.

-Kayleigh


Exploring Nature's Classroom

The Benefits of Forest School for Preschoolers

In an age where technology dominates many aspects of our lives, the concept of Forest School offers
a breath of fresh air, literally. Inspirations Forest School for preschoolers is a unique and innovative
educational approach that takes learning beyond the walls of a traditional nursery and into the heart
of nature. In this blog, we'll explore what Forest School is, its benefits for preschool children, and
why it's gaining popularity around the world.


What is Forest School?

Forest School is an educational approach that originated in Scandinavia in the 1950s and has been
steadily gaining traction worldwide. The primary goal of Forest School is to foster a deep connection
between children and nature, instilling in them a sense of curiosity, respect, and love for the
environment. Unlike traditional schools and nurseries, Forest School takes place outdoors, often in
forests, woodlands, or natural settings.

Nature Connection: One of the most significant benefits of Forest School is the profound connection
children develop with the natural world. Preschoolers are encouraged to explore, observe, and
interact with the environment, which helps them develop a sense of wonder and respect for the
earth.
Physical Health: Spending time outdoors in a natural setting encourages physical activity.
Preschoolers can run, jump, climb, and engage in other physical activities that promote motor skills
development, strength, and coordination. They experience whole body learning, building neuron
pathways through whole body connections.
Emotional Well-being: Nature has a calming and soothing effect on children. Forest School activities
often include mindfulness and relaxation exercises that help children manage stress and anxiety. The
outdoors also provides a space for emotional expression and self-regulation.
Social Skills: Interacting with peers in a natural environment promotes teamwork, cooperation, and
social skills. Children learn to communicate, share, and problem-solve while engaging in nature-
based activities.


Cognitive Development: Forest School promotes hands-on learning, sparking children's curiosity and
critical thinking skills. They observe plants and animals, explore scientific concepts, and develop a
better understanding of the world around them.
Creativity and Imagination: The natural world serves as a limitless source of inspiration for creativity
and imagination. Children can build forts, create nature-based art, and invent their games, fostering
their creativity.
Environmental benefits: Forest School encourages a sense of responsibility and respect for the
environment. Children learn about conservation, sustainability, and the importance of protecting the
natural world for future generations.
Independence and Resilience: Forest School promotes self-reliance as children learn to make
decisions and solve problems in an outdoor setting. They also develop resilience by facing and
overcoming challenges that nature presents.

Sensory Development: Nature provides a rich sensory experience. Preschoolers engage their senses
by touching leaves, listening to bird songs, and smelling flowers. These experiences enhance sensory
development.
Long-lasting Memories: The memories created in a natural environment often become cherished
childhood memories. These positive experiences can influence a child's relationship with nature
throughout their life.

Inspirations nurseries believe that Forest School for preschoolers is more than just an educational
approach; it's a transformative experience that fosters a deep and lasting connection between
children and the natural world. By providing a holistic and hands-on learning environment, Forest
School helps preschoolers develop physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. The benefits
are numerous, and the memories created in these natural classrooms can shape a child's lifelong
relationship with the environment. Forest School is an inspiring way to give children a meaningful
start on their journey of learning and environmental awareness along with our Reggio Emilia inspired
learning approach within our nursery settings.

Deborah and Becky
Adel Inspirations


Nursery Bag- What to Pack?

 

Up until now the only baby bag you've needed is your maternity bag filled with nappies, snacks and one of everything to cover all eventualities. But when it comes to starting nursery your baby will need their own bag to bring with them each day. It's that first possession that belongs to them, the start of being independent. So let's make this transition as easy as possible and give you a check list to make sure you're not forgetting anything in that all important nursery bag.

What to pack?

Every room requires something a little different, and we know there can be a lot to remember so here's a broken down list of everything you'll need in your child's nursery bag for each room.

Our Baby Rooms- Hedgehogs and Butterflies

  • Bottle and Formula (we provide milk from 1 year old)
  • Comforter e.g Dummy
  • Sleep Sack (if needed)
  • Waterproof coat or suit suitable for all conditions (We do have some waterproof trousers but for none walkers in particular padded suits are ideal)
  • At least 2 sets of spare clothes and socks
  • Spare bibs
  • Appropriate/supportive footwear
  • Wellies

Our Toddler Room- Honeybees

  • At least 2 sets of spare clothes and socks
  • A warm waterproof coat
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Wellies
  • Spare Hat and Gloves
We have the blue salopettes, hats and gloves on site for all the children but it’s always good to pack spares.

Our Pre-School Room- Ladybirds

  • A water Bottle
  • At least 2 spares of every item of clothing and socks
  • Thick warm socks for Forest School
  • Wellies
For Pre-school we  provide a waterproof coat, salopettes, hats and gloves. We also request that your pre-school child is brought to nursery ready in their salopettes to speed up the transition time in the morning.

'Take care of the little things and the big things fall into place'.

Nathalie

 


Harvesting Memories: Pumpkin Picking

Through the lens of child development, in this blog we'll examine how pumpkin picking fosters sensory experiences, enhances understanding of nature's transformations, and nurtures emotional growth.

History

Pumpkins have a rich history that dates back thousands of years. They are believed to have originated in Central America and were cultivated by indigenous peoples. These early civilizations used pumpkins for food, medicine, and even as containers. The tradition of pumpkin picking as we know it today can be traced back to the harvest festivals of ancient cultures. In Europe, people would celebrate the harvest season by gathering crops, including pumpkins, and displaying them in festive displays.
This practice eventually made its way to North America with the arrival of European settlers. In the United States, pumpkin picking became a popular fall activity in the 19th century. Families would visit pumpkin patches or their own fields to select the perfect pumpkins for cooking, carving, or decorating. It became a cherished tradition and a symbol of the autumn season. Today, pumpkin picking continues to be a beloved activity for families and individuals alike. It's a way to connect with nature, enjoy the beauty of the fall season, and celebrate the harvest.

Inspirations day out

On Wednesday the 18th of October, the preschool children begun their pumpkin adventure! The day consisted of a tractor ride, wheelbarrows, blue and pink pumpkin pickings and examining the squashed pumpkins. Throughout the day the children explored their curiosity into pumpkins asking questions about their shape, size, colour and texture, following their interest and enhancing their language.

Importance

Their are many impotence's to pumpkin picking for children, here are a few key points:

1. Engaging with Nature: Pumpkin picking provides children with a hands-on experience in nature, allowing them to connect with the environment and appreciate the beauty of the changing seasons.
2. Learning Opportunities: Pumpkin picking offers various learning opportunities for children, such as understanding plant growth, life cycles, and the importance of agriculture.
3. Creativity and Imagination: Pumpkins serve as a canvas for children to express their creativity and imagination through carving, painting, and decorating, fostering their artistic skills.
4. Physical Activity: Pumpkin picking involves physical activity, including walking, carrying, and lifting, which promotes gross motor skills and a healthy lifestyle.
5. Family Bonding: Pumpkin picking is often a family activity, creating lasting memories and strengthening family bonds through shared experiences and teamwork.

Activities

There are so many fun and educational activities you can do with pumpkins and children. Here are a few ideas:
 1. Pumpkin Decorating: Let children express their creativity by painting or decorating pumpkins with stickers, glitter, or other craft materials.
 2. Pumpkin Carving: Carve pumpkins together, creating unique designs. Remember to supervise and assist children with the carving process.
 3. Pumpkin Seed Exploration: Scoop out the pumpkin seeds and have children wash and dry them. Then, roast the seeds for a tasty and nutritious snack.
 4. Pumpkin Science Experiments: Use pumpkins to explore concepts like buoyancy, decomposition, and seed growth. For example, you can create a pumpkin volcano by combining baking soda and vinegar inside a carved pumpkin.
These activities provide opportunities for creativity, learning, and family bonding. Embrace the wonders of pumpkin picking!
In conclusion, pumpkin picking is a joyous occasion for children and their families, indulging into the rich culture, connecting with nature and allows the children to enhance their decision making skills and gives them responsibility over the pick of perfect pumpkins!

The Golden Season

In this blog, we celebrate the wonders of autumn in the great outdoors! As the leaves change colours and the air turns crisp, we embark on a journey of discovery and growth alongside the children. In this season of transformation, we'll explore how autumn and its weather changes play a vital role in children's development. From sensory experiences to learning about life cycles, join us as we delve into the magic of autumn and its impact on young minds. Let's embrace the beauty of the season and unlock the endless possibilities it holds for our little explorers!

Importance of autumn:

Autumn and its weather changes provide a plethora of benefits for children's development. Here's how:

1. Sensory Stimulation: The sights, sounds, smells, and textures of autumn engage children's senses, fostering sensory development and awareness. From the vibrant colours of falling leaves to the crispness of the air, these experiences help children refine their senses and make meaningful connections with the world around them.

2. Physical Development: Autumn weather encourages physical activity and exploration. Jumping in piles of leaves, running through open spaces, and climbing trees all contribute to the development of gross motor skills, coordination, balance, and strength. These activities promote a healthy lifestyle and enhance physical well-being.
3. Cognitive Growth: The changing seasons provide a natural opportunity for children to observe and make sense of the world. Autumn offers a chance to learn about concepts like weather patterns, life cycles, and seasonal changes. These experiences stimulate curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
4. Emotional Resilience: Autumn teaches children about change and adaptation. Witnessing the transformation of nature and understanding that change is a natural part of life helps children develop emotional resilience and flexibility. They learn to embrace new beginnings and cope with transitions.
5. Connection with Nature: Spending time outdoors during autumn allows children to connect with nature on a deeper level. They discover the beauty and diversity of the natural world, develop a sense of wonder, and cultivate a lifelong appreciation for the environment. This connection fosters environmental consciousness and a desire to protect and care for nature. By embracing the wonders of autumn and its weather changes, children in outdoor nurseries can experience holistic development, nurturing their senses, physical abilities, cognitive skills, emotional well-being, and connection with the natural world.

What we do:

Our outdoor preschool area and forest school have been embracing the change in weather by immersing children in the wonders of autumn. The children have been collecting leaves, conkers, and acorns, creating a treasure trove of natural materials to explore. Through hands-on experiences, they engage in sensory play, observe the different shapes, colours, and textures, and discover the magic of the season. These nature treasures spark curiosity, ignite creativity, and provide endless opportunities for learning and imaginative play.
In conclusion, autumn holds great significance and is a season filled with beauty and meaning. It marks a time of transition and change, as the leaves turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, creating a breath-taking display of nature's artistry. Autumn also brings cooler temperatures, crisp air, and the anticipation of cosy sweaters, warm drinks and a season of harvest. Autumn symbolizes letting go, as trees shed their leaves, reminding us to release what no longer serves us. It's a time of reflection, gratitude, and preparing for the coming winter.
Jess Snaddon.