This week/coming up:
Welcome to all our new children and familes who have joined Magpie recently and a big welcome back to all our returning Magpies.
Who can believe how quickly the time is going?! We are now into Term 4 and looking forward to the arrival of Spring.
We have been celebrating Pancake day, Valentines day and Baba Marta, and have lots of activities about Spring to come. Over the next few weeks we will be sowing and planting vegetables and flowers, celebrating Mother’s day and preparing for Easter.
Dates for your Diary:
5th March- World book day – Dress up as a book character on Thursday 5th or Friday 6th
13th March - Sports Relief – Wear Red for the day
25th March - 9am Start - Parent Easter Craft Morning
22nd March – Mothers Day
Make learning fun at home
To Be Confirmed
Let’s do some more:
use the link below to inspire and continue the learning through play that happens at our setting.....
HANDS ON PLAY
At Magpie’s we love hands on sensory and exploratory play. Indoors there is paint, shaving foam, gloop, sand and water to enhance the children’s mathematical and scientific skills. It is also good for their creativity without having to concentrate on the end product. Outside we have a fabulous mud kitchen and walk in sand pit where the children can learn about the world around them, use their imagination and develop their gross and fine motor skills.
This type of play is brilliant for many areas of the children’s development, have a look at:
for more information.
It' good to be GREEN
At Magpies we are keen to promote ways in which to look after our environment inside and outside of the setting. We will be reducing the amount of non-recyclable plastics used for example, glitter and plastic packaging will be kept to a minimum.
Plastic fact - did you know that the micro-fibres released from our clothes in every wash end up in our oceans - this 'plastic soup' is thought to be having a major effect on the bio-diversity of our planet.
We can all do our bit to help our environment and educate each other on the need to change for the future.
Recycle Inkjet Cartridge
Recycle your empty inkjet cartridges to help protect the environment and raise money for Magpie.
Drop your used inkjet cartridges into Magpie or ask us for a freepost envelope.
Each cartridge that is recycled will raise £1 for Magpie.
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Bridging the generations at Bridge Haven:
On Wednesday 4 July Bridge Haven care home welcomed three little visitors from a local playschool. Magpies, a village community charity run playschool based in Boughton, Kent, took three of their children along to Bridge Haven care home to meet with residents and staff for the morning.
Bridge Haven care home is nestled in the rural village of Bridge, near Canterbury, and cares for and supports people living with dementia. The home is owned and operated by Avante Care & Support, and embraces the Eden Alternative philosophy of care which encourages these kinds of community links.
The visit had been arranged between Home Manager Kim Drury and Magpies’ pre-school Manager Donna Kelly, who both have an interest in integrating younger people with older people.
Kim Drury, Bridge Haven’s Home Manager said ‘There have been some fabulous articles in the media recently that are showcasing intergenerational care and proving children are helping older people thrive.. We have great community links with our local primary school who often visit residents at Bridge Haven throughout the year, but as yet we haven’t had a link with pre-schoolers. When it was proposed that we invite the children into the home both Donna and I were really excited to make this happen!’
Tuesday Playroup at BUB village hall (across the car park from Magpies). This pre-school group meets every Tuesday morning during term time between 9:30 and 11am. Entrance fee is £2.50 per family.
Play equipment, activities and snacks are all provided.
What's on in and around your community ?
If you have any suggestions for local events and children's holiday workshops to post here please send them using the contact form for review.
Musical Bumps at Macknades Fine Foods Faversham.
Groups run on Monday mornings, for more info: