Events and news!!
Here you will find lots of INFORMATION about Mucky pups INCLUDING our term dates, and INFORMATION ABOUT lots of the things we have been up to. You can also download our most recent newsletter.
Good bye and hello!
Lots of children will be leaving us at the end of this month ready for school, and it will be sad to see them go, but we'll still get to see lots of them at Kids Club!
We have also said good bye to Claire Fagan who is really sad to leave, but is moving on to bigger things!.
On the bright side, we have a new Deputy Manager, Steph! Find out more about her on our staff page, and make sure you say hello and make her feel welcome.
We pulled up and harvested all our vegetables and fruits this summer over the weeks. We used some of it to make soup, we had apples for snack, the peas are still growing everywhere it seems and the children help themselves. We still have potatoes to dig up, then we'll get planting again for the autumn months!
We have been developing our outdoor area a lot recently, and this has included doing lots of planting. We've been planting potatoes, lettuce, carrots, beans and peppers in the outdoor planter. The children have helped create labels for these and are helping to maintain them by watering them and weeding the area around. We have also planted individual sunflowers for each child to take home.
As we have been so interested in looking at seeds, one of our children suggested to plant a melon seed while we had them out on the interest table, and we are pleased to announce it has a leaf!
We are pleased to say that we received a 'Good' grading on our last OFSTED inspection. The inspection took place on Tuesday 28th November 2018. You can find a link to our most recent inspection here.
On Tuesday 28th November, Mucky Pups had their Ofsed inspection. We feel that the inspection went very well and look forward to sharing the results with you once the report is published.
On Friday 27th October Mucky pups children (and staff!) had a fantastic time at our Halloween party. We had lots of fun playing lots of different party games including pin the tail on the cat, bobbing for apples, spooky feely box and of course lots of musical statues and bumps. The children also made their own witches hat and made a delicious spooky biscuit. We then finished off with some party food and after that a final dance before we said good-bye
A great day had by all!
We always like to graduate our leavers with their own graduation pictures. It's both a sad and happy time, to see them go, but to go on to big school and new learning experiences. Good luck to everyone, you will all be missed.
edit: some children have not appeared on here as parents have asked for their photographs not to appear online, but, rest assured, all children who graduate with us will get a special photo!
Last Day of term
We were very lucky to have a special guest here at Mucky Pups in the form of Elsa! She came to say good luck to our school leavers, sang some songs from her film Frozen and we also had a little dance and a hug with her. Elsa does look a little tanned here, I guess she must have just been on holiday...
Last Week of term
It's the last week of term and for some of you, the last week of Mucky Pups. This means that throughout the week we will be saying good bye and good luck to some of you. On your child's last day, we will give you their peg picture, name card and anything they might have made or stashed in their tray. Be prepared for lots of rogue glitter and random sticks that they found on the field.
As for their learning journey on capture, we will share with you their file and also email you a PDF version of it so you can keep it safe on your computer.
There is talk of an app being developed for capture, but we aren't sure when this is going to become live, but we will keep you informed.
We at Mucky Pups will also start sharing each individual observation with you as they happen, so you won't get one big load of observations. Thank you all for being patient with us in using Capture, this is our first venture into online learning journeys and it has been a learning curve for us too. We appreciate any and all feedback about how you have found using Capture as Joe is able to speak directly with the team who designed it.
As you should all know by now, all of our observations, photos and tracking of your children's' development is done with Capture Education, an online profile builder. This should allow us to be able to share more with you, the parents and guardians, about what your children are up to while they are with us, and also an opportunity for you to share with us too. Please make the most of the sharing feature. This allows us to see what your children are like in their own environment, and helps us to plan more effectively when they are in Mucky Pups.
Any problems with logging on, come talk to Joe and he'll help.
diddy dance is back!
Yes indeed! We all welcome back Alison, our Diddy Dance teacher on a Thursday. At 10:00 we go into the hall to do some stretches and warm ups before doing some Salsa dancing together. We go into the hall for two half hour slots, so we split into two groups. As usual, this is something that we provide and is no extra cost to you.
visit from the vets and friends
We had a visit today from the Vets as a part of our People Who Help Us topic. Along with them, they brought a dog and a bearded dragon. The children had the opportunity to touch and hold the animals, and also to try on surgical gowns and listen through a stethoscope! The ladies from the Vets also gave a little talk about caring for animals and what they do.
Christmas, Izzy and Little kickers
Hello everyone! Sorry its been so long with an update - I've been too focused on our online learning journeys with Capture, more on that later.
So, whats been going on? Well, since the last update, we obviously had Christmas and a a big party full of dancing and a visit from a special person (Father Christmas!) who gave us all a little gift. Then we came back in the new year to welcome Izzy, whom we all, by now, know and love I'm sure.
We've also had Little Kickers on a Friday with Scotty. He's been teaching us how to control a ball with our feet and score some goals.
If you want your child to keep going to Little Kickers, Scotty operates from Moorside school on a Saturday morning at 10:00.
We all had a lovely party on Halloween with all the children. There were some fantastic costumes from children and staff alike. We had lots of dancing, played some music games, then ate lots of party food :)
This year, as a treat for the children who are leaving us to join Big School, we took all the children to the Butterfly house at Williamsons Park.
The morning looked bleak, the rain came down like a monsoon and lightning flashed overhead. It was looking like it was going to be a washout. The children were not put off by the rain, however. In fact, they were spurred on by it! Going to the coach from Nursery we all got soaked, but then, the sun came out as we arrived and we had a fantastic morning.
We first looked around in the aviary at all the birds. They were free to fly over our heads, and there was even a nest with a tiny egg in it!
Then we went through to the minibeast and reptile house. This really got all the children excited, pressing their faces to the glass to be eye to eye with a giant spider!
From there, we visited the butterfly house, watching all the pretty colours flutter by, and also fish in the little pool which circles the room.
Once we'd finished in there, it was time to see the Meerkats and the other larger animals. The children couldn't believe the size of one of the rabbits there, it was HUGE!
A quick play on the play area before lunch in the Aston Memorial, then back on the coach just as it starts to rain again.
Pictures to follow.
Real Life Rapunzel!
We were really lucky to have Rapunzel drop by and say hello to the children. She sang some songs, and gave lots of hugs. The children were starstruck!
Every Thursday, Alison from Diddy Dance comes to spend some time with us in the hall doing lots of crazy dancing. We do lots of shaking, twirling ribbons and hula hooping along with some music. It really gets the staff worn out, but the children seem to come out with even more energy!
Photos to follow.
On the 10th March, we had a special visitor come to teach us Spanish! We all sat in the hall, while our new friend, Lisa sang lots of nursery rhymes in English, then Spanish. She brought along lots of props for the songs, too. Gracias Lisa!
All of the children loved helping decorate our Christmas tree this year, and then redecorating it throughout the day, every day.
Goodbye and good luck to our school leavers!
We will all miss you very much, but know that you will all have a great time in your new schools. Below are just some of the Graduation Photos.
We had a great time at Wildlife Oasis, and all the children had a chance to hold and touch some of the animals (although not all of them took up that opportunity). All the children had a great time and were all very well behaved. Pictures to follow!
As some of you may be aware, we recently had an OfSted inspection. A full report is wrriten by the inspector and can be found in the link below as a downloadable PDF.
We have recently put up the Christmas tree in the main room at Pups. All the children helped to decorate it too. In fact, we often have to keep redecorating it as the lower baubles keep falling off! The children really like to play around it on the small world carpet, and has given us lots to talk about. We also have two advent calanders which the children can open. A special phone call to Father Christmas chooses a child every day.
We haven't gone for an artistic photo here, but the light made it blurry.
Making the most of our outdoor area, we have built a mud kitchen. We also have lots of resources for the children to investigate which allow them to ballance, build and use their imagination in a variety of ways. Some children have used crates to build trains and cars, the foam tubes as elephant trunks or fishing rods, and wooden planks as see-saws Lets have a look at some of the other things we've been getting up to outside in the recent weeks.
Some of the children were very lucky at Pups and were able to make their very own pizza with Natalie. They chopped their own peppers and mushroom and spread their own tomato puree and grated their own cheese! They then took their pizza home to cook and and eat.
We are very lucky to have so much space out in our garden to grow our own vegetables and fruit. Down at the bottom of the garden, we have an apple and pear tree which were planted two years ago. This year (2014) we saw our first apples, but unfortunately, no pears yet. There were 6 apples in total, but some were taken by pesky squirrels! Three were left over, so we tasted them at circle time.
Then there was some vegetables we had planted - Turnips, Carrots and Runner Beans. The turnips didn't grow, but the carrots did, and we also had some surprise potatos from last year!
The children were very excited to find with an adult, a big blackberry bush at the bottom of the field. We used this as a good opportunity to talk about berrries that might not be safe to eat, and to always ask a grown-up or just leave them alone. Thankfully, these were safe! We picked a good handfull and had those for snack too!
Here are some pictures of some of our vegetables we managed to grow this year.
This coming Friday 4th July, we are lucky to have one of our parents come to Mucky Pups to talk to us about Ramadan and Eid. We are always interested in learning about different cultures, especially when its something that is really close to many of our children and parents.
We are very lucky to have a lady from Diddy Dance leading a session with the children today. She really got them all moving in a lot of different and fun ways, learning to use their bodies and equipment.
Just take a look at the fun they are having!
Open Day 30th August
We are very excited here at Pups to announce our brand new pre-school OPEN!
We have had lots of building work done to make the room look warm and inviting again. This has included new flooring, new toilets, new paintwork, new furniture, and even some new staff!
We would like to spend this day welcoming new parents, parents who want a nosey, and to those who I'm sure will be very impressed with the improvements we have made.
So, welcome one and all to Mucky Pups!
End of Year Party
It is coming to that time of year again where we prepare to say goodbye and good luck to the older children who are off to big school!
As usual, we are going to have a party on the last day of term, with games, food and prizes. We are asking parents if they can to donate some spare change to us so that we can use that money to buy food for the party. We have found that this way works best rather than food donations as we often were very sweet heavy!
Our last day of term is on Friday 19th July. We are closing two days earlier than Dallas Road School as during the summer holidays, Mucky Pups is getting a full revamp. We are having new flooring, taking down a wall to make a bigger room, and a nice lick of paint. You won't believe your eyes! We need to use those final two days to take everything out before the building work can progress. Sorry for any inconvenience.
All of the children have been really interested in all living things over the past few weeks. In our wildlife garden, we are lucky enough to have a wide range of minibeast, birds and rabbits. We will often sit and watch the birds feeding and looking for worms, and because they are so used to us, they often come really close.
At Mucky Pups, we also have a digital microscope, and have been using this to look at all the bugs that we find close up. It really is amazing what we can see.
We have used these opportunities to incorporate using number by counting legs, making observational drawings and disscussing how to keep these creatures safe in our garden.
Gardening and Feeding Time
Since the weather has been really nice recently, we have made the most of it and made sure that we have all got outside to spruce up the garden. We also need to keep an eye on the bird feeders and top those up too. Every so often, we like to get the motion sensor wildlife camera out over the day and night, and we usually get some really great photos.
The children have planted some vegetables in the big planter with Natalie, and since then, we have made sure that they keep topped up with water.
While we wait for our vegetables to grow, we are going to have a nice tasty salad for snack, prepared by the children, for the children. It gives us chance to talk with the children about where some of our food comes from and learn about how important it is to eat healthy.
Since the work has almost finished on the new kitchen, we have been able to make cakes!
The new oven alows us to do more with the children now, and, keen to test it out, Natalie has already baked three batches of cakes with the children, they were really good, YUM!
Term Dates 2017/2019
Monday 3rd September -Friday 21st December 2018
Monday 2nd October - Friday 26th October 2018
Monday 24th December - Friday 4th January 2019
Monday 7th January 2019 - Friday 5th April 2019
Monday 18th February 19 - Friday 22nd February 18
Bank holiday closures:
Friday 19th April 2019 (Good Friday)
Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday)
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - Friday 19th July 2019
Monday 27th May 2019 - Friday 31st May 2019
Bank Holiday closures:
Monday 6th May
Monday 27th May
Monday 26th August
Holiday & After School club
If your children are going to Dallas Road School, we also provide after school care in the same building as Mucky Pups. We collect from school and are open until 6PM each day.
We also run a holiday club for children aged 4 - 11 years throughout all school holidays from 8am - 6pm, Monday to Friday. This is open to children from any school. We are open all school holidays inclusive of the summer holidays (All 6 weeks) and school inset days (in line with Dallas road school).
If you would like any information, you can either come in and speak to a member of staff, or follow the link to www.dallasroadkidsclub.com.
Well, what a day we had! It was very busy, and the rain stopped before we got there so that was a blessing.
We had three lovely ladies show us around the farm; they showed us lots of interesting things like a really big pig called Hercules, a horse, some goats, and we got to collect some eggs from the chicken coop. We were also really lucky to be able to hold a baby chick and feed the calves. For one of the little sessions, we painted a cardboard cow and then went to see where the cows are milked.
All the children had a great time, and even though some were a little apprehensive about feeding or holding some of the animals, most of the children had a try. So well done everyone!
Bob the Owl Man
Bob came to see us at Mucky Pups with two of his owls... Woody and Spotty.This was a great opportunity for the children to meet these beautiful creatures close up and learn a little about them. Of course it also fit in nicely with our 'Night-time' topic!
(Below) One of the children strokes the owl using a feather. The children were very taken with the owls and enjoyed meeting them.
Bob talked to the children about each owl and what they ate etc. The children also had the opportunity to ask Bob some questions but funnily enough decided to go very quiet at that point!
Tigerlily Comes to Visit...
On Thursday 20th October Rachel's Hedgehog Tigerlily came to see us at Pups.
Again, this fit in nicely with our night-time topic and the children enjoyed meeting Tigerlily close up.
The party at the end of term in December involved lots of fun. We played musical statues, bumps, did some dancing, pass the parcel and other fun games in the hall. After the party, we had our party food, but we did it a little differently this time. We uaually set out two tables full of food (seperate vegetarian table) and allow the children to come up one at a time to choose what they would like to eat. This year we thought we'd have a treat, by plating up the food beforehand and setting them out on the tables in our canteen area in the building. The children loved seeing a different part of the building and getting to sit with their frinds for a diverse meal!