Nursery News


Parenting Sessions

Young mums to be have been accessing parenting sessions within our nursery delivered by nursery staff and Ricky Hurley (teenage pregnancy midwife. They have been learning how to bath a baby and make up a bottle feed. They have also visited DRI to see the maternity ward and had a session on breast feeding. The sessions will also go towards accreditation via the unit award scheme.

Young mum making up a bottle feed
Young mum making up a bottle feed

Young mum making up a bottle feed
Session with Teenage Pregnancy Midwife

Young mum bathing baby
Young mum bathing baby
Young mum bathing baby

New Nursery

We have had to move into a much smaller area this year because we had to give up our space for a larger nursery. However, staff have ensured that we have kept the nursery with a homely feel by emulating the old nursery within our new space. We think it's very cosy.

Pupil with shoebox
Pupil with shoebox


Feeding Options


Ricky Hurley (teenage pregnancy midwife) came in to the nursery to talk to the young mums to be about the feeding options for their baby. She talked about the benefits of breast feeding. There are now three young mums to be who are considering this option.


Teenage pregnancy midwife talking to young mums

Legacy Church Donations


We were very grateful to receive donations of 6 cots, 6 mattresses and 6 sterilisers from the Legacy church in Doncaster. They also donated 3 lovely Christmas hampers


2 of our young mums gratefully receiving sterilisers

2 of our young mums gratefully receiving sterilisers


Shoebox Appeal


Julie, our nursery nurse, organized a 'Shoebox appeal' and encouraged the young mums and other pupils to collect luxury groceries to give to our elderly residents in the community. They distributed the goods in the week leading up to Christmas and the local elderly residents were very grateful.


Pupils with Shoeboxes
Shoeboxes
Pupil with shoebox
Pupil with shoebox
Pupil with shoebox


Parenting


Young mums to be have parenting sessions at Maple to help prepare them for when their babies are born. These sessions give them practical hands on experience of things like bathing and changing a nappy. This photograph shows two of our pupils in one of their practical parenting sessions with Julie, our Nursery Nurse. Both girls were able to practice their skills after the session. New mums are also able to take part in parenting sessions on topics such as the importance of early literacy, reading with babies as well as weaning and the importance of play.


Staff member showing young mums how to bath a baby

Music

The babies have been enjoying a musical session with Tom. Tom played guitar to songs such as 'Row your Boat' and 'The Morning Song' and the babies all joined in with their instruments


Baby playing drums
Baby playing Tambourine
Baby playing Guitar
Baby playing Guitar

Baby playing instruments


Outdoor Space

We are currently improving our outdoor space and below are some pictures to show how it's coming along. The decorated CDs were made by the children at the hospital school and the Mulberry pupils made some bird seed balls for the birds to feed on.


Outdoor Area
Outdoor Area
Outdoor Area


Living Eggs

We had some eggs on Monday from the 'Living Eggs' company and today the chicks started to hatch. The babies were delighted with them and our oldest baby kept saying 'Chick Chick'

Baby with chicks
Baby with chicks
Babies with chicks

Baby with chicks
Baby with chicks
Babies with chicks


Birthday

Last week we celebrated one of our babies 1st birthday. They had a birthday cake and a present to open. The babies wore hats and had birthday party food.


Baby with chicks
Baby with chicks
Babies with chicks
Babies with chicks


Outdoor Area

Spring is finally here and the babies are enjoying playing outside in the mild weather. We are currently developing our outdoor area and will soon be purchasing more equipment which the young mums will have a say in.



Baby with chicks
Baby with chicks
Babies with chicks


The young mums help to improve the outdoor play area by planting flowers


Baby with chicks
Baby with chicks
Babies with chicks