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The importance of reading from an early age

The BBC have some amazing evidence and guidance to support the importance of reading from a young age. Please follow the link above to access this information through their website.

We will be extending our support through our transition within Pre-school, the children will receive their new reading books which will go home with them for the duration of reading each. These will be rotated and changed due to the children’s learning and development and reading progress.

The younger age groups will be involved in a ‘Read a book day,’ on the 6th September 2018. The children will be invited to visit the Nursery library in small groups to select and read a story book of their choice, or be involved in a group story held by their Key Practitioner.

The stories we hear as children shape our view of the world. Reading stories to children can show them far-flung places, extraordinary people and eye-opening situations to expand and enrich their world.


Top Tips NHS

We are delighted to tell you that Swan Meadow Nursery are taking part in a Greater Manchester toothbrushing programme to strengthen children’s teeth. This involves your child brushing their own teeth, using a fluoride toothpaste at nursery. This will be happening within the 2-3 room a and Pre-School 

Supervised toothbrushing in early year’s settings has been shown to be effective at reducing tooth decay in children. Each child taking part will receive a free toothbrush for nursery and a fluoride toothpaste to use in their class under the supervision of the nursery practitioners. The children will also receive a dental pack to take home containing a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and an information leaflet. 

The aim of the programme is to help reduce dental decay in children and with your support we can reinforce your home toothbrushing routine. However we still encourage you to continue to brush your child’s teeth morning and night and to supervise their toothbrushing until they are 7 years old to ensure their teeth are thoroughly brushed twice a day.

 If you would like your child to take part in this activity in nursery, please sign the consent form within your child’s room. If you don’t fill out the slip your child won’t be able to benefit from this programme. 

Please feel free to speak to your child’s key person regarding the programme or to fill in the consent slip

Silver Eco Award

We are pleased to announce that we have now achieved the Silver Eco Schools Award!
The Eco Tribe have all worked super hard in monitoring and ensuring that we maintain the 5 R’s within the setting and our local area.
The children have invited the parents and governing body to meetings and reviews to support them in addressing our topic of waste, whilst enhancing areas linked to the Gold Eco award.
The Tribe have been monitoring their progress through collecting data by representing their waste with colour coded counters and recognising the significant amount of reduced waste.
Through regular meetings the Eco tribe have been able to feedback to the Management Team on what areas have been improved and what other areas they would like to address.
One area they suggested was littering in the community, so the Tribe supported our local home for the elderly by clearing any waste that had been missed placed or blown into their grounds. We then extended our litter picking by clearing Swan Meadow park and the surrounding grounds around the stream, preventing any animals from being harmed by the waste. One of our neighbours is also supporting us in ‘Re-using’ food waste, by replanting fruit and vegetables to grow more produce.
After the recent fires our local Fire Marshall attended a meeting and held a short review with the tribe, teaching them the importance of correct waste disposal and explaining how to prevent future fires and keeping safe.
Please feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments section to help us develop further in this area

School Ready Information

As it is getting closer to the children’s transition to school in September we have provided you with some useful links and activity sheets to support both parents and children.

We hope you find these useful!




Eco Bronze Award

The Eco Tribe have some amazing news to share….

After all our hard work and dedication from children, staff and parents we have achieved the Bronze Eco School Award!!

This award recognises our achievement in working towards a sustainable lifestyle. The children are extremely proud of themselves and are looking forward to their future plans in maintaining, developing and extending their natural environment.

The Eco Tribe will be meeting again on Tuesday 19th June to discuss their next targets, developments and ongoing plans to take steps in achieving the next level of the award. Keep an eye out for updates from our next committee meeting and the plans that we have in place to embed our recycling routines.

Through our extensive learning opportunities, knowledge and preparation for this award we have managed to achieve many aspects within the Silver award to which we hope to gain in the near future.
#Ecotribeonamission ??

If you would like to share any suggestions you may have to help support us further in enhancing our environment and recycling projects, they would be greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to comment and share below

Thank you in advance

Healthy Eating Award


In September 2017 we received our Healthy Eating Award, we pride ourselves in providing healthy homemade meals appropriate and suitable for all ages throughout Swan Meadow Nursery. We encourage children to eat a nutritious, balanced diet early on, as it is important for a number of reasons. Ensuring they get the right vitamins and minerals in their diet will help them grow and develop optimally. They are also more likely to be energised and motivated, supporting their ability to learn.

Educating them on healthy eating during childhood will also help them make healthier choices as they become adults.

Toilet Training & Advice

Toilet Training

Rising Three’s (2-3 Room)

Becoming a Bear is part of the Rising Three Year Olds, where we teach the children about self-recognition, learning the skills and knowledge of independence in preparation for their transition to become a Pre-Schooler.  The Rising Three’s will transition to Pre-School in September . They will begin their transition in July, spending short sessions in the Pre-School environment. This allows them plenty of time to adapt to their new environment. 

As a bear we will begin the self-recognition by providing opportunities to share our thoughts and experiences within Shared Thinking, these are then extended and implemented throughout our planned activities and enhanced through continuous provision and outdoor learning. We will begin focused learning by introducing Letters and Sounds into their general play.

Bears and Cubs remain separate throughout the day and will join for meal times and sleeps. By running the room in this way we feel that your child benefits from exploring the different environments and engaging in more focused and enhanced activities with their key person.


Spring Term Newsletter

Spring Term Newsletter 2018