children in need 16th November
There will be a hot-dog tea at 4.20pm for children, followed by a child-friendly firework display kindly organised by Farmer David in the courtyard so the children can watch from the safety of the Family Room.
Sorry, no parents due to lack of space, however we invite parents to collect their children at 5.15pm and then join us by the stables for the bonfire (small and child-built!), some warm beverage and a few rockets! All will be over by 6pm.
Names to the office please before 1st November.
World's Biggest Coffee Morning at Red Hen
We look forward to sharing some Red Hen interactive fun with parents and children.
More details from the office.
First Aid training for parents
PICNIC BY THE PONDS
Please join us to let us know your views and thoughts and to meet other parents. We will also be discussing our aims for the future and the fee review from May 2018, including how the 30 hour funding is working out in practice and how we can work with parents to implement cost effective childcare.
Dates - Winter 2017
HAVEBONFIRE NIGHT: FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER (hot dog tea, child-friendly fireworks & bonfire)
CHILDREN IN NEED: FRIDAY 19TH NOVEMBER. we will all be dressing in spots and selling homemade cakes.
PARENTS DROP-IN WEEK COMMENCING 27TH NOVEMBER. Please see Julie or Lucy to arrange a suitable time.
OUTDOOR NATIVITY (for Kindergarten only): THURSDAY 7TH DECEMBER, 4.30 pm (by ticket only, Limited spaces)
CHRISTMAS PARTY for ALL children (a special visitor has been invited!) TUESDAY 19TH DECEMBER, 2.30-4pm
LAST DAY OF FUNDING: 19TH DECEMBER.
THE NURSERY WILL BE CLOSED FROM 22ND DECEMBER to WEDNESDAY 3RD JANUARY
We all wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to another lovely year with your wonderful children in 2018.
MacMillan coffee morning
Please bring a cake and enter our bake-off!
Applying and meet the schools evening
Tea on a Tuesday for GRANDPARENTS!
Parents are invited to join us for a fun-filled afternoon celebrating sports day Red Hen style!
Parking is in the yard. Please note that sensible footwear is required as sports day will be in and around the Kindergarten outdoor play area and nature area.
Welcome to Kindergarten
There will be a presentation and we will be discussing what to expect, what the children learn and do and how their learning and development benefit from our very special Red Hen experiences.
Names please to the office.
We are on Radio Lincolnshire
Hear us on
After a successful presentation to the judging panel, David and Jane were thrilled to be awarded as winner of their category Rural and Farming. Then later in the evening were even more thrilled to be awared as overall winners.
Please visit our facebook page for more details:-
Coming soon - Tea&Talk for Grandparents
Please ask in the office and tell your parents!
We invite families to view Red Hen on Monday 1st May, 10am-12noon. Please note that we only have spaces for under 2s. We have NO availability for over 3s and very limited availability for 2-3 years.
Please phone for more details or call in on 1st May at the above times. Tel: 01507 603535 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
PICNIC BY THE PONDS
This year Red Hen will be 13 years old. We invite Red Hen families and their close friends. Please provide your own food, drink and picnic rugs and enjoy the lovely nature area at Red Hen meeting other parents, children and staff. Past Red Hen families are welcome too.
If the weather is bad please phone us first!
This year we will be opening the nursery from 10am - 12noon for families of under 2s who would like to look round. Please tell your friends!
Tea & Talk
Please see notices in the Lobby for talks, coming up
'It's the most wonderful time of the year!'
What an awesome time for young children!
Our very special outdoor Nativity (Kindergarten only) is on Thursday 8th December at 4.30pm. Tickets available from the office during w/c 28.11.16
Our Christmas Party for children only is on Friday 16th December at 2.30 pm. Names to the office please.
The last day of funded sessions for this term is Friday 16th December.
We are closed for the Christmas period from 24th December and reopen on Wednesday 4th January.
Health & Wellbeing Award
We are proud to have been awarded Highly Commended, runner up to the Children's Sleep Charity. Our congratulations go to the Children's Sleep Charity - a National Charity that supports lots of families throughout the UK, and indeed some of our parents too.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
Red Hen parents, grandparents, friends and locals welcome!
MON 26TH SEPT: this is for parents of Red Hen children who turn 3 in the next 8 months. It will feature a talk and photos about our amazing Kindergarten, including how children learn from the experiences we offer and what you can do to help.
MON 20TH SEPT: this is for parents of Red Hen children due to start school in September 2017. It includes tips and advice on choosing a school including how to apply. Local schools are also invited so you can meet with reception teachers and heads to lean what each school has to offer as each one is slightly different. There will also be a discussion about school readiness.
Both these meetings will be at tea-time so please let us know if you would like your child to have tea at Red Hen. The deadline for this is Thursday the week before.
For funded children only: Please note that termtime ends on Friday 15th July. We are open as normal throughout the summer so we welcome you to book any sessions you require with Julie.
Please join us for tea on Thur 9th June, 4-6pm
Parents Meeting - Ready for School?!
Timed to coincide with the imminent announcement of school places, this meeting is a must for all parents of children due to start school in September 2016. We aim to offer advice and support for this important transition so the evening will include a short talk about school readiness, what we do to support this and what you can do as parents. Names to the office please.
CUPPA & CHAT
Come and join us for a cup of tea and piece of homemade cake. David and Jane will be here to chat with you and answer any queries you may have. There is also plenty for us to share, including the upcoming fee review, plans for the future and of course, we are here to listen to any of your comments.
RED HEN is 12 this year, and the Queen is 90 - POSPONED TO 9TH JUNE
Please bring a picnic, your family and friends and enjoy our lovely surroundings by the ponds for a giant family picnic. You will need picnic rugs and suitable footwear to fully enjoy and explore our nature area. We will also be eating cake and proposing a toast to the Queen for her 90th Birthday. Hopefully also have some baby chicks for the children to cuddle.
Hot Cross Bun INVITATION for last year's school leavers..
It will be good to catch up with you all again - RSVP - please email or phone
Happy New Year!
Please book for the following - more details available from the office:-
SATURDAY 23RD JANUARY: The Sleep Charity are coming again to give advice about children's sleep - so if you have any queries or if your child isn't sleeping well, please join us. Limited places -
TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY: Breakfast with parents at 8.15am - Please join us for Breakfast
TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY: parents evening 7pm - 8.30pm
WEDNESDAY 10TH FEBRUARY: parents evening 6.30-8.30pm
For funded children only (Sessions must be booked if you would like your child to attend this week):-
HALF-TERM 15TH - 19TH FEB.
EASTER HOLS: 20th MARCH - 8th APRIL.
MONDAY 2nd MAY, 12noon: RED HEN'S 12th BIRTHDAY PARTY BY THE PONDS FOR ALL RED HEN FAMILIES PAST AND PRESENT
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
DATES for Christmas
Term-time for funded children ends on 18th December; paid sessions may be pre-booked for the following week.
Nursery closes at 4pm on 24th December and re-opens on 4th January 2016.
The evening starts at 4.30pm and will finish by 6pm. Come and meet the Kindergarten team, other parents and enjoy a drink and delicious homemade nibbles.
Children may be booked in for tea in the nursery.
Please RSVP to the office.
Meet the schools evening
Local schools are invited to this evening too so come and meet the teachers over a drink and homemade cake and learn what they have to offer.
For parents of children due to start school in September 2016.
RSVP to the office.
Parking will be in the yard. Please bring a picnic rug - and your running shoes!
Exciting news for Summer...
Lucy will be running a week of special Kidz Crew in the 'old stables'. We welcome all our ex-Red-Henners to come and join in the fun, rekindle some of their special times at Red Hen, and learn new skills.
Please phone us for more details or to book.
OUR NEXT PARENTS EVENING...
Local schools will be attending too.
We look forward to seeing you - Please book in the office.
Easter holidays for funded children are Monday 30th March - Friday 10th March. The nursery remains as normal for under 3s.
Our funded term recommences on Monday 13th April.
Come and join us on World Book Day
If you haven't already had a Gruffalo adventure, please ask us for our take-home pack! Our little Gruffalos are having a busy time visiting everyones home or going out-and-about with families.
We have book tokens for the children to take home on the day and we are also raising money by asking for £1 donations to dress up as favourite characters. Please make sure the children also have suitable outdoor clothing too!
SAVE THE DATE
The evening will be a chance to learn about what happens in Kindergarten so will be useful for parents of children who have recently joined Kindergarten or will be joining later this year.
Names to Julie please.
Please join us for breakfast.
Please join us for a delicious breakfast and have an easy morning! Names to the office please.
The RED HEN OUTDOOR NATIVITY
Just wanted to share this comment from a friend of mine in Canada when I sent her a few photos from the nativity. It was internationally impressive!
"Thanks for sharing this. These pics are AWESOME. Our Xmas concerts are mickey mouse compared to this amazing production. Wow!"
Thanks again to everyone for putting on such a great evening."
Whether or not your child sleeps well - this is an interesting talk that highlights the science of sleep and different sleep phases. also advise about successful bedtime routines, how to deal with night-time wakenings, average sleep needs and sleepy foods!
Please support us - we have specially organised this with the Children's Sleep Charity - so there will be a fee which will be lower if more people come.
We are keen to provide the opportunity for you all to come to a parents evening as follows. Please let us know times that are suitable for you.
We aim to have your key person available to have a brief chat with you regarrding your child's progress.
Also, a slide show of the children's experiences throughout the year.
Also a questions and answers session. Please let us have your suggestions prior to the evening.
Also, tasters of a few of the dishes from our menus.
Also a glass of wine or non-alcholoholic drink!!
This is for all parents of children who are in Kindergarten or will be joining Kindergarten this year. However, it is all relevant to learning and development through the ages at Red Hen.
Please let us know if you would like to attend.
Our school leavers are moving on to 13 different schools again this year. A sad time for us, however we hope all will keep in touch and join us in Kidz Crew or just to drop in from time-to-time.
Many thanks to our Kindergarten team for all their hard work ensuring the children have had lots of positive experiences to help them in their learning, skills and independence ready for their new adventure at school.
Open Farm Sunday, 8th June 2014
Open Farm Sunday is on Sunday 8th June. We really recommend you visit one of the local farms who are participating. As well as enjoying a day out the children will be able to make links to their experiences at Red Hen.
RED HEN is TEN
Many thanks to all of you who have told us you are coming, See you on the day!
We have a grand treasure hunt planned for you - don't forget your wellies!
Plans for the future
We are proud that the ethos of Red Hen is nationally renowned. Everything that is conducive to well-being is applicable to all ages and we would like to extend the benefits to retirement age.
Please visit www.furzecottages.co.uk for more information and to leave your comments - or come and chat with Penny, David or Jane in the nursery.
Come for Breakfast!
We welcome parents and Grandparents to breakfast on Tuesday 25th March at 8.15am. We will also be displaying our future plans; Penny, David and Jane will be available to speak to for more information.
If you can demonstrate the following, please contact us to enquire if any positions are due to become available (we are also interested in employing male practitioners):-
- knowledge of the requirements of babies and toddlers and young children
- qualified to level 3 or above (or see below)
- experience with babies and toddlers
- knowledge of EYFS and 'characteristics of effective learning'
- ability to keep a good standard of written records of observations and assessments
- a natural aptitude with very young children
- good communication skills with all ages
- a good team player, but also able to use own initiative
- a love of the outdoors and an understanding of the benefits of nature (the position will require spending long periods of time outdoors)
- an understanding of the importance of a balanced diet
- an enquiring mind to improve knowledge and understanding of the early years
- an ability to reflect on practice
If you are not qualified but would like the opportunity to join us we may be able to offer training as long as you can demonstarte the following attributes:-
- Experience with young children
- a natural aptitude with young children
- a love of the outdoors
- an enquiring mind and willingness to study
- an appreciation of good food
PLEASE PHONE 01507 603535 or E-Mail email@example.com
Professional Development for TAs
Here's what TAs from a local school said after their day at Red Hen:-
"I will be sharing my whole experience with everyone I meet!! Also I will be sharing my new knowledge/skills with my focus group of children and my colleagues in every way possible."
"What a wonderful setting, leadership team and dedicated, passionate group of people who are living the dream and enabling children to start their lives from the best possible place."
"Self-fulling prophecy in a real and accessible setting. Thank you so much"
"Calming atmoshere, lovely members of staff and children. Very welcoming"
"Some great ideas to pass on. Everything runs smoothly"
"Exceptional ideas shown in the perfect setting"
"Child initiated activities, respectfully embraced and natural progress facilitated"
OUR NEXT CPD DAY IS FRIDAY 25TH JULY 2014. If you are interested in spending some time at Red Hen to develop your practice, please phone us on 01507 603535
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE
What more can we say?!
please e-mail us with your comments:-
However, we will not rest on our laurels and we look forward to another year of continuous development for the benefit of our 'Red Hen' children and staff.
We would like to engage more fully with more parents - please email us with your suggestions.
Christmas/New Year dates
Half-term is week commencing 17th February so there will be no funded sessions this week. Please book in with Julie if yoiu would like your child during this period.
AND SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS!!!
Please note the Nativity is OUTDOORS so please wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear. Warm punch will be served!
PARKING IS IN THE YARD so you may need a torch.
We have chased our Ofsted report but I'm afraid we are still waiting so when it comes we hope to re-arrange the Parent Forum to share it with you.
We also have some plans for the future which we would like to share with you.......
CHILDREN IN NEED!
Many thanks to all of you who joined in the fun, bought our cup cakes or donated. We raised £86
We are NURSERY OF THE YEAR!
We were very excited to be awarded Nursery of the Year at the Nursery World Awards at the Royal Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden in London on. We ha September 28th. We had a lovely time at the Glitzy Awards ceremony, but it really made it special to be announced the Nursery of the Year out of the whole UK. Thank you to all who help to make Red Hen so special, but especially to Jane and David who work tirelessly to ensure the nursery continues to thrive.
Inspirational Days for students and professionals.
Please phone or email us for more details of the days we have planned to show interested people our setting and to share our practice and the theories that underpin it in a reflective, inspiring day which will include cooking lunch outdoors.
Come and help us to make apple juice!
Donations of apples welcome - if you don't have your own apple trees, how about asking the neighbours, grandparents, etc if they have any apples that are going to waste? Windfalls are suitable as the apples do not have to be in pristine condition!
Please also bring a bottle to take some home (quantity allowing!)
PARENTS EVENING: UNDER 3s
We welcome you to join in with our talk about what happens at Red Hen, how your child develops, how we support this, the meaning of play, behaviour, etc............. !
Wine and nibbles will be served so come and have a relaxing evening at Red Hen!
RSVP to the office please.
PARENTS EVENINGS: KINDERGARTEN
The evening will include a presentation amd chat about what happens in Kindergarten, preparing for school and choosing a school. Local schools will be attending, and also Louth Children's Centre representatives.
As usual, wine and nibbles will be served!
Names to the office please!
Please join us at the Beach!
We have hired a beach chalet as a base and would love to see lots of our Red Henners, past and present! We will have snacks and drinks at the ready but please bring a picnic for lunch.
Please contact us in the office to find out where it is!
Parent and Baby Session
Please join us at our next parent and baby session. Dads are welcome too, so are new families.
Some of the things we have prevoiusly enjoyed:-
- Joining in with the big birthday picnic,
- taking a walk to the woods to sing songs and soak up the peaceful atmosphere,
- chilling under the gazebos in the mound field,
- chatting in the garden room
- or just enjoying the company in the baby room, chatting about various 'baby things'!
Grandparents, Parents, Babies and some Kindergarten children are welcome to join in with the fun. Come along and meet other parents an absorb some of what makes Red Hen so special and glean information about bringing up baby.
If you are interested please let us know in the office or Little Oaks team or:
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org phone 01507 603535
See you at the next session!
We are shorlisted for Nursery of the Year!
The winners will be announced at the presigious Nursery World Awards Ceremony in London at the end of September.
Last time we had a good discussion regarding our plans for this year, with alot of encouragement for the development of more 'family-time'. we are pleased to report that this is going really well.
This time we are excited to share staff team developments with you, as well as anything you with to raise with us.
If you are interested in joining us:-
Please email us on email@example.com
or phone 01507 603535
or text 07979 098 320
Healthy Schools Award
Although a healthy lifestyle, including good food, has been at the heart of what we do at Red Hen, private Day Nurseries in this area have only recently were able to access this Award. We are now pleased to have gained this status and have the Award to prove it!
LET’S TALK sessions to welcome parents and Grandparents to an informal chat, to share information, advice and ideas from us and from other parents – and also a cup of tea and some homemade cake!
Please join us at the following sessions:
LET’S TALK: BEHAVIOUR - THUR 6TH JUNE, 4.30-6.00PM (Tea can be provided for your child, please pre-book)
LET’S TALK: BEHAVIOUR - TUE 25TH JUNE, 7.30 – 9.00 pm
LET’S TALK: TOILET-TRAINING – WED 3rd JULY, 4.30 – 6.00 pm (Tea can be provided for your child, please pre-book)
LET’S TALK: SLEEP – WED 10th JULY, 7.30-9.00pm
Please tell us if you are interested or if you have further suggestions:-
Julie, Lucy or Penny (phone, email, or call in at the office!)
Kindergarten leavers adventure
Kindergarten school leavers adventure will be on Friday 20th July at 1pm for children. Parents are welcome at 2.30pm to join us for our special adventure snack!
Please be aware that this will be the last time the whole of the Kindergarten Leavers and the Kindergarten Staff Team will be together so is an ideal time to exchange any gifts.
Please ensure you have booked your sessions throughout the Summer Holidays - please ask Julie if you would like to know which staff will be in.
Although it is a sad time for us to say Goodbye to our school leavers, it is also a proud time to know that they will take with them many happy memories and skills from their time at Red Hen and we look forward to seeing everyone progress through their respective schools, and of course, to welcome you back to Kidz Crew Holiday club.
Kindergarten Sports day
Kindergarten Sports Day - As usual we will be holding our 'nursery rhyme sports day' for all the kindergarten children. We look forward to seeing parents and grandparents on the mound to cheer the children along!
Visits to Red Hen
Every day at Red Hen is like a farm visit for our children, however this National Event provides fantastic opportunities for all families to visit a farm and learn more about the countryside as well as where our food comes from.
Visist www.farmsunday.org for details of local farms who are opening on Farm Sunday.
Preparing for School Meeting
The next stage in our preparing children (& parents) for school involves visits from teachers so we can share information and they can meet their new pupils here. this year we are working with the following schools:-
Eastwold, Kirkby-on-Bain, Alford, N. Somercotes, Kidgate, St. Michaels, East Ravendale, Scamblesby, Grimboldby, Tetford, St. Peters-in-Eastgate Lincoln, Utterby.
Birthday Celebrations, May 3rd.
We are excited to have so many of our families booked to join our 'Picnic by the Pond'. If you haven't already booked, please let us know by Thursday 2nd May so we can arrange enough food!
list of to dos!:-
- Please bring a picnic blanket
- Please be prepared for the weather! Will it be sunhats or brollies?!
- Please collect your picnic bag from the kitchen before making your way to the pond area.
Many thanks for joining us on Red Nose Day.
Thanks also to Mike and Joe of Lincolnshire Academy of Music Performance for the fabulous Strum & Drum session - enjoyed by all ages from 9 months up to Grandparents!
For details of their courses visit:-
We had a lovely evening with all of you and appreciate your time - we all know how difficult it is for you to find time to attend and to organise babysitters.
Please see the parents section to view all the comments.
Please bring your sheets in next week and any other relevant photos, etc of the children's activities.
Please see parents section for link to the birdwatch chart, etc.
Please join us for Breakfast!
Mums and kids missing out on breakfast
Research carried out for Farmhouse Breakfast Week shows that hundreds of thousands of children across the country are missing breakfast as a quarter of parents admit to not ensuring their children eat a proper morning meal. Mums are also neglecting their own health with 42% of them skipping breakfast at least once a week.
Dietician Nigel Denby said: "Mornings are hectic for everyone but it is worrying that so many parents and children are missing out on this important meal. Eating breakfast improves concentration, mood and energy levels and many breakfast foods provide important nutrients which cannot be made up later in the day."
New Year Resolution?
After-all, you all put the correct fuel in your cars; there is no reason why you not should give your child good nutritous food to fuel their growing bodies and brains.
Please see our resources page for recommended information or drop into the office for advice.
Watch this space for upcoming workshops at Red Hen!
Nativity NEW DATE
Nativity on 18th December at 4.15pm. Please be dressed for the weather!
PARKING WILL BE IN THE YARD SO PLEASE BRING A TORCH AND WEAR WELLIES.
Any Kindergarten children who are not normally here on a Tuesday, need to be at Red Hen for 1.00pm or 2.30 at the latest.
Names to Kindergarten staff please, places are limited to family members (we have 38 children performing so please do not include all your distant relatives!) Hot punch will be served to keep you warm while you wait. Please also join in with some carol singing.
Sorry, NO CAMERAS. This is because the Nativity is performed when it is dark and flashes are very off-putting for the children.
This year we are paying for a professional photographer and we will be selling DVDs at cost to recover our costs.
We assume all parents are happy to have their child photographed and for us to use the photos, if not please see Julie now.
Once again, we thank Mike for coming along with his guitar and amplifier.
The performance will be brief as appropriate for 3 and 4 year olds! The children will return to their room for derobing afterwards. please wait in the outdoor area for them to be ushered out to you afterwards.
Many thanks, we hope you all enjoy it!
Children’s Christmas Party and Father Christmas
Children’s Christmas Party and Father Christmas: despite his very busy schedule, Father Christmas is hoping to visit us at our Christmas Party on Tuesday 18th December, 2.30-4pm. All children are welcome, however, please let Julie know if you would like your child to attend. The Staff Room will be open for parents to have a chat and a cup of tea whilst the children enjoy the party!
Kindergarten children will have a 'Nativity' themed party. No party clothes please as they need to be warmly dressed. Tea will be included and Father Christmas will visit too!
BBC Food and Farming Awards
We heard from emiment leaders and researchers (Claire Warden, Prof. Cathy Nutbrown, Dr. Kathy Gooch, dr Sacha Powell and Prof. Lillian Katz) in the Early Years Profession talking about Baby Care, Professional Development and attended workshops too. Despite the long day (having had to get up at 5am!) we were all buzzing with inspiration and knowledge to help us all at Red Hen.
We learnt more about the importance of positive experiences in the early years;-
What Nutbrown said:-
"The quality of children's early education influences their achievements and learning in later years"
"The best way to help children be ready to be 5 is to let them be 3 at 3, 2 at 2, and so on..."
"Wisdom begins with wonder" as Socrates said.
"Real learning happens when you know something so well you can play with it"
"Parents lay the foundations of who children are and what they will become"
"They need infant appropriate pedagogies....... and breadth and balance"
Lillian Katz - "Reach and teach them" "Don't squash their fun and excitement"
An informative day with lots of information on nutritional requirements for babies, toddlers and young children, including reasons for faddiness.
Please see Jane if you have any queries about your child's diet, she will be happy to provide information and support.
BBC FOOD & FARMING AWARDS - FINALIST!
We are arranging transport to the event for parents to join us. Please phone the nursery or email for details.
Listen to the pod cast!: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n0t5q
Tickets for the Good Food Show are available at:
NURSERY WORLD AWARDS 2012
Andrea is very worthy of this prestigous category. Her practice at Red Hen is exlempary so we are delighted she has been recognised at National level.
Please visit our Facebook page for more photos.
We did not enter any other catagories this year as Jane has been on the team of judges for two other catagories, The Nursery World Food Award and The Nursery World Enabling Environment Award.
UPCOMING parents events for you to join in!
PARENTS MEETING re APPLYING for SCHOOL
Choosing and applying for your child's first school can be a daunting process. At Red Hen we help you with this:-
Please come to our parents meeting on Mon 10th Sept at 6pm to gain special tips, learn about how we prepare children for school and to meet some representatives from local schools.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01507 603535 to book
We love Cooking at Red Hen
What do you think?
interesting article that supports our philosophy at Red Hen....
"While child-centred parenting has been the norm for the past couple of decades, new research suggests that if we want to raise confident, well-adjusted, healthy children our style of parenting has to change. Forget the “helicopter parent” (who hovers continually over their offspring), the “lawnmower parent” (who tries to mow down all obstacles in their children’s path) or the “tiger mother” (a parent who hothouses her children to succeed academically, named after the bestselling memoir by Amy Chua). We should now be learning how to be “underparents” .
CPD for teachers at Red Hen
The transition to school is an important time for children and parents. We are proud to give the children a broad range of skills that will help them at school, in addition, at Red Hen we devote a great deal of time going the extra mile to help make the move to school as smooth as possible. Part of this is to hold 'meet the school' and 'planning for school' meetings in September with another at Easter time when schools have been allocated.
Hay is made at Red Hen!
One of the children thought the baler twine on the bale looked like a guitar string, so Andrea instigated some singing around the haybales! It is always exciting when the children make connections in their learning!
BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT
The children will be on the lookout for butterflies to log on the National Big Butterfly count. How many can you spot with your child?
Although we are sorry that the children are leaving us, we are proud to have been part of their early years - they will always carry with them a part of Red Hen and will be able to recall many happy memories and skills to link to their future learning.
Jane stressed the importance of studying to gain knowledge about the early years and encouraged the students to continue in their professional development stating that those who work with children never stop learning! Students were encouraged to think about which past theoristics could be applicable to the practice at Red Hen. They all toured the setting, observing and engaging in the enabling environment and thinking about how children benefit from this environment. Including holding chicks in the paddock area, frogs by the ponds and tasting some of the delicious redcurrants from the garden.
Olympic torch at Red Hen (Photos)
Use this link to view photographs:-
Jane Speaking in London - again!
Jane was honoured to have been asked to speak at 'Early Years 2012' conference in Queen Elizabeth 11 Conference Hall, London on 19th June alongside very influential Early Years Experts, including Ministers, Dames, Professors and consultants. She was priviledged to deliver her presentation in The Abbey Room which overlooked Westminster Abbey main entrance - awesome!
She has now been asked to deliver a talk at A Public Policy Exchange Symposium Event in Central London. However the date clashes with the Olympic Torch event at Red Hen. Although gutted to miss this,whe is excited to once again be at the forefront of all that is good for early years care and edducation. Thanks to the competent team at Red Hen for keeping things running smoothly!
Exciting exhibition in Louth to show your children
The project, by Leicester-based artist Shauna Richardson is part of East Lindsey Live celebrations to coincide with the Olympics. It is a spectacular sight and is spin on the three Lions emblem which took over two years to create.
East Lindsey Live itself is a calendar of sporting, heritage and cultural events which will run from April to October to showcase the district as a visitor and tourist attraction in the run up to this year's Olympics.
Father fights back over school age admissions policy
Nursery World, Katy Morton, 11 June 2012, 12:00am
A father of three children, whose birthdays are in the summer, is calling for more flexibility in the schools admission system.
When should children start school?
Stefan Richter has faced opposition from his local authority over wanting to defer his two-year-old daughter's school entry by a year so that she can start reception after her fifth birthday at the end of August.
Red Hen Top 10 Nursery Rhyme CD launched
The CD is available for purchase at only £3.00. It will help parents to singalong with their children and reinstall the importance of nursery rhymes for children's learning, development and enjoyment.
"Rhythm, rhyme and repetition tunes children's bodies to balance, their ears to sounds and their minds to pattern, opening up the neural networks that lead to fluent speech" - Sue Palmer (2006:115) Toxic Childhood
We enjoyed welcoming parents, grandparents and friends to our special evening to celebrate the following:-
Jubilee tea and tree planting, Opening of our new Garden Room (Many thanks to the Mayor of Louth, Jill Makinson Sanders), Red Hen's Birthday, Launch of the Red Hen Top 10 Nursery Rhyme CD.
We are thrilled to present our Brand New Website! Red Hen has developed so much over the past 8 years since we've been open and we wanted a new website to show what Red Hen is now! Many thanks to Rick, our talented Graphic Designer who has worked hard to produce this wonderful new site (along with Andrea, his wife)!
Please keep checking - we will be constantly updating it!
Great News: rated OUTSTANDING by Ofsted March 2012
Red Hen is now on facebook!
Red Hen is now on facebook!
Follow us on Twitter: @redhendaynursry and @Janeredhen
Food, glorious food
INSIDE LINCOLNSHIRE, THE NEWSPAPER FOR RESIDENTS OF LINCOLNSHIRE. MARCH 2012
In an age when it’s all too easy for children to stay indoors and become engrossed in their TVs and game consoles, one Tastes of Lincolnshire award-winner is teaching children the glories of nature.
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