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David and Jane were awarded winners at the Lincolnshire Environmental Awards 2017.
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We always welcome Grandparents at Red Hen and are planning a Tea & Talk session soon...
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OPEN MORNING 10am-12noon on MONDAY 1ST MAY - for parents of children under 2 (and expectant parents!)
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Please join us for our annual Picnic by the Ponds Birthday Celebration on Monday 1st May 12 noon - 2pm.
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This parents meeting is for children due to commence school this September. We will talk you through school readiness; what to expect and how to support your child now and through the transition to school. Please book in the office.
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Wednesday 1st March 4.30 - 5.45pm. Please join us for a chat about upcoming funding changes and any other nursery matters you would like to discuss. If you would like your child to be here for tea please book with Julie.
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What's planned: First Aid for parents, Sleep workshop/talk, Parent forum. Dates as in the lobby. We look forward to seeing all our parents at these supportive events - please book in the office.
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Christmas Dates:-
Outdoor Nativity - Dec 8th,
Christmas Party - Dec 16th (also last day of funding 2016)
Closed - 24th Dec - 4th January

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We are delighted to have gained an award for Health & Wellbeing at the Nursery World Awards 2016.
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We will once again be celebrating Bonfire Night with a gentle introduction to fireworks for our Red Hen children.
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Please join us on Friday 30th September from 9-10.30am for our version of the World's Greatest MacMillan Coffee Morning, including a grand Tombola run by Kindergarten children.
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Please join us at our parents evenings on 20th and 26th September
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TERM TIME for funded children (please note we are open throughout the Summer)ends on 25th July and the new term starts on MON 5th SEPT.
SPORTS DAY for Kindergarten is on THUR 7TH JULY
Kindergarten Leavers Party is on FRI 15TH JULY.
More details from the office.

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We welcome Dreamcraeft folk band who are coming to play to us on Wednesday 25th at 3pm. We welcome parents and friends to join us for an afternoon of fun and music!
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Naturals Photographer will be here during week commencing 23rd May once again to take lovely photos of the children during play. If you would like a family photo please book in the office.
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We invite parents and family to an afternoon tea event to celebrate the Queens' birthday and also Red Hen's belated 12th birthday. Please also take the time to enjoy our nature area with a walk to the woods. More details available nearer the time.
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Parents evening for this year's school leavers. Monday 11th April at 5.15pm.
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POSTPONED FROM 2ND MAY DUE TO WET WEATHER CONDITIONS - please now join us on 9th June, 4-6pm.
Details nearer the time or from the office.

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To all last year's leavers - Please come and join us for homemade Hot Cross Buns on Thur 24th March at 5pm.
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Please come to and enjoy a cuppa and chat at our next Parent drop-in/forum on Tuesday 22nd March. Drop-in times from 4-6pm.
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We look forward to another busy year. Here are a few dates to start with!
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Wishing you all a Splendid Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will be open again on Monday 4th January 2016.
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Christmas Party for all rooms: 18th December
Kindergarten Outdoor Nativity: 10th December

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Kindergarten: Come and see what happens in Kindergarten, How we support the learning and development of the children & how you can help too.
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Choosing a school - where to start, what to look for, how to apply and what we do to prepare you and your child for school!
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We now have a separate area for Kidz Crew Holiday Club.
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The Red Hen Kindergarten Sports Day will be on Tue 30th June at 2pm.
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Our next parents evening focus is 'Preparing for School' for Kindergarten school Leavers on Wednesday 22nd April, 5-6pm
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Please remember are closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
We welcome ex-Red Henners to join us for Kidz Crew Holiday club - please phone us for dates.

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Please join us on Monday 4th May for a picnic-by-the-ponds lunch to celebrate our 11th Birthday
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We welcome all our families to join us on World Book Day for a fun-filled day and to share all the lovely Gruffalo adventure books that have been sent from home.
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Please come to our parents evening re Kindergarten on Thursday 22nd January at 4.30pm
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We are joining Farmhouse Breakfast week with a breakfast for parents on Wednesday 28th January at 8.15am
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We thoroughly enjoyed our annual outdoor Nativity with Kindergarten. Thanks for the great turnout and lovely comments.....
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Please join us for a talk about sleep by The Children's Sleep Charity on Friday 28th November 5-6pm. Bookings to the office ASAP.
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Coming soon - in the New Year!
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Please join us at our next Parents evening on Sept 1st
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We are looking forward to a fun-packed evening on 23rd July as a treat for our school leavers and their parents.
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We have lots of fun and learning on the farm at Red Hen. We also recommend you visit one of the farms participating in Open Farm Sunday.
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Red Hen is 10 this year and we are celebrating this weekend.
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We are very excited to be ready to share our plans for the future.
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We are supporting the NDNA's HEALTHY BODY, HAPPY ME week commencing 24th March. Please join us for Breakfast on Tue 25th.
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We have now closed our recruitment for Spring 2014 but please read on if you are interested in future employment with us should a vacancy arise.
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We are proud to be highly commended Teaching Establishment at the Select Lincs Awards 2014
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"Practice in this setting is truly worthy of dissemination to other providers" (Ofsted 2013)
click more for details of CPD sessions..

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Welcome 2014! Last year was another amazing year for Red Hen Please read our Ofsted report....
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Please note that we reopen on 2nd January. However funded term does not start until Tue 7th Jan.
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KINDERGARTEN NATIVITY: THUR 12TH DECEMBER 4.15pm
CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR ALL THE CHILDREN: FRI 20TH DECEMBER 2.30-4.00pm

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Please watch for the next parent forum which will be displayed on the door.
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Many thanks to all of you who helped make Children in Need Day a fun and successful day at Red Hen.
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Red Hen have been awarded the prestigious Nursery World 'Nursery of the Year 2013' award:
http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/article/1212453/nursery-world-awards-2013-organisations---nursery-year

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We are pleased to announce inspirational days for students, early years practitioners & professionals and teachers.
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Two of our parents have kindly offered to come with their apple press on Thur 3rd Oct. Please come and join us for a fun afternoon making our own apple juice.
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Please join us at our parents evening for under 3s on WED 2ND OCT at 7.30pm
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Please join us at our Kindergarten Parents evening on MON 23rd SEPT at 6 pm prompt. Local schools will be attending so you can meet them here.
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We welcome all Red Hen families to the beach on August 24th & 25th.
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The Next Parent and Baby session is on MON 9TH SEPT at 2.30pm
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Great news, We have been shortlisted for the Nursery World Nursery of the Year 2013 .........watch this space!
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Our next parent forum is on TUE 16th July at 4.30pm. Please let us know if you would like your child to have tea.
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We have now been presented with our Healthy Childcare Award!
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Our next Let's Talk is on Wed 3rd July at 4.30pm ... please see below.
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Kindergarten Sports Day - 11th July 1.30 - 3pm
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Kindergarten school leavers adventure will be on Friday 19th July at 1pm for children. Parents are welcome at 2.30 to join us for our special adventure snack!
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We welcome Louth Brownies to experience Red Hen in July. Also our local W.I. branch for a tour and talk.
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Visit a farm on Sunday 9th June
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During May and June we will be welcoming teachers from the 12 schools to which our children will be moving to in September.
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Please come and join our Picnic by the Pond'
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We raised £130.76 for Comic Relief.
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Many thanks for coming to our parents evening/talk.
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We won Best Teaching Establishment at LINCOLNSHIRE FOOD & DRINK AWARDS 2013
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Don't forget the big birdwatch this weekend!
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We are once again celebrating Farmhouse Breakfast week and extend a warm invitation for parents grandparents to join us for breakfast on 22nd, 23rd and 24th January
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We put a great deal of thought into what we feed the children at Red Hen. This year we would like to develop better ways of helping parents to give children good food outside nursery too.
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Our Nativity is now on 18th December. The party will now be a 'Nativity Party' which will end with a performance for parents and family at 4.15pm. No party clothes - everyone must be dressed for the weather!
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Under 3s Children’s Christmas Party and Father Christmas on Tuesday 18th December, 2.30-4pm
Kindergarten Nativity Party, including tea, Father Christmas and ending in outdoor performance at 4.15pm

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Jane, David, Julie and Theresa went to Birmingham to the BBC Good Food Show and attended the Food and Farming Awards.
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Jane, Andrea and Miha travelled to Birmingham to attend the tactyc Conference
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Jane recently attended the Infant and Toddler Forum Conference in London 'Supporting families of Young Children to develop healthy eating habits'
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Jane is one of the three finalists for the BBC Food and Farming Awards, caterer category. Listen to a clip from the judges visit:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00ztj7j
The early years is when eating habits are formed so it is good that the Early Years has been recognised in this prestigous award. The winner will be announced at the NEC in Birmingham on Nov 28th. If you would like to join us on our minibus outing to the Good Food Show please phone now!

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WELL DONE Andrea for gaining highly commended NURSERY WORLD PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR

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please come and be inspired by Andrea's Special BLOCK PLAY DAY for families on Oct 12th. Learn how children learn through play and have fun!
Also: Parent & Baby session, Mon 24th Sept, 2-4pm



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Well done to all the teams for their fantastic room displays which highlight the revised EYFS and how it links to our outstanding practice at Red Hen.
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Mon 10th Sept: another successful evening to help parents in the process of applying for schools.Thanks to parents and to the schools that came.
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Mary Berry advocates cooking and eating with the children just as we do at Red Hen. We are proud to nurture a love of good food and enjoyment of cooking, giving the young boys and girls important life skills too.
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"Experts now believe we should let them take risks – for their own sakes "
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We welcome teachers to observe our Kindergarten practice and see how it helps Red Hen children gain the best possible foundations for school.
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Farmer David enjoyed showing the children how the baler works as they watched him bale the hay around the ponds. All the bales on the farm are now in and safely under cover!
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We have 27 leavers this year who are moving on to 10 different schools in the area. Our leavers adventure on 19th July (the last day of term) was a huge success.
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Join in with the Big Butterfly count.
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Many thanks to all the parents and staff who made our recent parents evening a successful event.
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Grimsby College students and tutors enjoyed an afternoon with Jane learning about good practice.
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The Olympic torch ran past Red Hen on 27th June -Parents, friends and locals joined the celebrations!
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Jane has been asked to speak again in Westminster. What an honour to share the good practice at Red Hen with eminent early years experts.

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Three 40ft long crocheted lions will be on show in Louth town centre, June 23rd-26th.
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Nursery World prints an article about summer born children starting school too early...
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Red Hen Children, with the help of Mike Sellars and Andrea Parsons, have recorded the top 10 nursery rhymes as voted for by parents and children.
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We enjoyed welcoming parents, grandparents and friends to our special celebration evening...
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New Website for Red Hen!
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Great news: rated OUTSTANDING by Ofsted March 2012

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Red Hen is now on facebook!

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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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We wish you all a very Happy New Year!
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Mary Berry advocates cooking and eating with the children just as we do at Red Hen. We are proud to nurture a love of good food and enjoyment of cooking, giving the young boys and girls important life skills too.
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Red Hen is lucky to have such a fantastic source of local food - we know how great it is, now this is nationwide - Well done Louth!
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Outdoor Play & Nature Kindergarten

Outdoor play at Red Hen is limitless. Historically children used to spend most of their time outdoors and there is now a wealth of research extolling the benefits to children's wellbeing (emotional and physical) and learning and development.

Red Hen upholds the saying 'there is no such thing as bad weather, we just need to dress appropriately'. Children (and staff!) are outside the majority of their time at Red Hen - whatever the weather! 

We have a variety of animals that the children get to see daily. When other people come to the animals, we like to share these experiences with the children and staff too, eg. vets, farriers, sheep-shearers. We have recently added two guinea pigs to our collection - these are proving to be very popular too.

Every characteristic of Effective Learning is achieved through outdoor play. In addition, at Red Hen children are able to ‘connect to nature’, thereby avoiding Richard Louv’s notion of ‘Nature deficit Disorder’ as highlighted in his book ‘Last Child in the Woods’  (2006). 

The children and staff are lucky to have the farm at Red Hen to learn about a wide range of biodiversity including wild flowers, wild animals and birds. And of course, children are also able to interact with the animals at Red Hen; dogs, chickens, ponies, horses, pigs and sheep all offer lovely learning opportunities.

“To move, to run, to feel one’s life in every limb, that is the life of early childhood”  (Margaret MacMillan, pioneer of healthy childhoods, good food & fresh air in 1915)

 

“RECIPE for preserving CHILDREN!   
(from Sally Jenkisons' wonderful book 'The Genius of Play'

1 grass field, 1 dozen children, half a dozen dogs (& puppies if available), 1 brokk, 1 kg pebbles.

Method:  into the field pour children and dogs. Allow to mix well. Pour brook over pebbles until sightly frothy. When the children are nicely brown, cool off in pebble froth. Dry. Serve with hot mile and freshly baked gingerbread. (Mrs Baron Clarke in Jenkinson, S: 2001)

“Children who play in flexible, natural landscapes appear to be healthier, have improved motor fitness, balance and co-ordination and demonstrate more creativity in their play”

(Fjortoft 2001,2004)

“Rural environments foster sensory awareness - while the noisy, busy, hustle and bustle of the city teaches us to shut out a plethora of sensory stimuli, rural environments allow enough space and time for the senses to breathe"
(Sally Goddard-Blythe 2005.)

 

What they say about Red Hen
We chose Red Hen because of the importance it places on children spending time outside, getting fresh air and exploring nature. Rhona’s social skills and creativity are nutured here too. She comes home tired, muddy and having had a great day.
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Manor House Farm, Reston Road, Legbourne, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 8LS T: 01507 603535 E: office@redhendaynursery.co.uk
Manor House Farm, Reston Road, Legbourne, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 8LS T: 01507 603535 E: office@redhendaynursery.co.uk
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