Apricot Nursery, Peterborough - September 2018 Newsletter

Apricot Nursery September 2018 Newsletter

Please see below our September newsletter, which is also downloadable as a pdf:

Information communication and technology (ICT) in a nursery environment

Information, communication and technology

Our new interactive screen at Apricot Nursery for the children

Information, communication and technology (ICT) is often overlooked in a nursery environment.  It is tempting to just find a CD player and get the children to use the buttons to stop and start a song and feel that we are using ‘technology’.  At Apricot nursery we have decided to take a much more proactive approach.  We understand that technology is a part of everyday life for children and adults alike. As the world fills itself with more technology we want to enable our nursery children to have a great introduction to this development.

At Apricot Nursery we will be supporting children’s learning using various apps on our new interactive screen for the children.  We have invested in this so that we can introduce toddlers and preschool children to the benefits of technology in a safe and controlled manner.  The apps we use relate to all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), in particular we have enjoyed using Yellow Door apps that are designed specifically for toddlers to help extend their learning using imagery and audio in a fun and easy to use interface.  The interactive screen also allows many learning experiences to be shared as it is large and easy to see for a large group of children.

The benefits of technology in a safe and controlled manner

Our practitioners play a vital role ensuring that technology is used to promote awareness and development of key skills.  They do this by linking technology to the world around them and showing the children the purpose of technology in a positive light.  Using technology to gain knowledge can be fun and educational at the same time.

Apricot nursery wants this new generation of children to feel safe not only in their environment but also in the virtual environment of technology.  Whilst supporting children’s learning Apricot nursery acknowledges the dangers of the web for children.  We will be working with parents and carers sharing ways to keep children safe online.

What you can do now:

1 – Set parental controls – all tablets, phones and personal computers have parental controls that are easy to set up.
2 – Talk about Safety on the tablet – even at an early age it is ok to discuss the how to be safe on a tablet, phone or computer
3 – Set boundaries – time limits are great discipline to put in place, they allow children to be aware of limits and ensure that they are not becoming dependant on or addicted to screens.

Some great FREE applications to help children’s development include:

Beebot – this helps with language and communication and understand positional language.
Number Train – Number train supports maths and is a simple to use application.
Letter School – has in-app purchases – this is a great app to develop ABC’s and letter writing and helps with fine motor skills.

The NSPCC has great guidance online; please follow this link.

For more information about Apricot’s nursery in Peterborough, contact us on 01733 390 969 or click the bold link.

Happy New Year from Apricot Nursery

Happy New Year from us all at Apricot Nursery

Happy New Year from Apricot Nursery

What an exciting new year to come; new families, new experiences and new improvements from Apricot Nursery. We want this to be a strong year on reflecting. At Apricot nursery we feel the best way to reflect positively is to work with all the families that attend the nursery.  Over the next year, we will be creating regular questionnaires. Remember, our office door is always open for feedback and we always appreciate the input of parents. You have helped us grow as a nursery and made positive changes.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


Nursery Manager, Apricot Nursery, Orton Longueville, Peterborough.

Father’s Day Breakfast

Father’s Day Breakfast

Father’s Day Breakfast

For Father’s Day we invited fathers and grandfathers to join us for breakfast and to take part in some creative activities. It was lovely to see the fathers playing alongside their children and enjoying some quality time together.  A big thanks to all the dads and granddads for coming along, from the whole team at Apricot Nursery in Peterborough PE2.

Apricot Nursery & pre-school's educational theme this term is 'Past, present and future'.

Past, present and future – Topic for this term

At Apricot nursery our theme this term is Past, present and future. In the pre-school room, we decided to look at animals as the children currently have an interest in dinosaurs and farm animals. We created different environments for the two types of animals in the outside garden. The children were shown the different environments and vocabulary of past and present was used by the adults to support the children’s understanding of time. They had lots of fun whilst learning about animals that lived in the past and as well as those in present times – like our chickens!

Apricot Nursery & pre-school's educational theme this term is 'Past, present and future'.

Apricot offers high quality childcare from its day nursery in Orton Longueville, Peterborough. For more information, click the bold link or call 01733 390 969.

Children develop faster at nurseries than staying at home

Children with working mothers and fathers develop faster than those whose parents stay at home to look after their child, a new study has found.

The social and everyday skills developed by those attending a nursery have been found to be better than children that stay at home with their parents. Scientists at Oxford University and the London School of Economics suggest that those who stay at home are less advanced.

Benefits of attending nursery

The study tested children against four measures of development. The results showed that staying at home had a five per cent negative impact on children’s everyday and social skills. Conversely, attending nursery delivered a 10 per cent positive impact on everyday skills.

Researchers explained that the benefit of nursery increased with the amount of time spent there. Dr Laurence Roope, of the Oxford Health Economics Research Centre, said: “We’re not saying that they should be spending 24 hours a day there, but it does seem spending more time there had significant benefits.

“It should give parents some reassurance that nurseries are not going to harm their children, and are likely to be beneficial.”

In general, children are often exposed to greater and more varied stimulating activities at nursery and they have the opportunity to interact with new children and adults – all helping towards their development.

Our Peterborough nursery is no different. Our aim is to provide the best development for your child. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum programme which is designed to teach and educate your child through fun and engaging activities. We ensure that your child is given the opportunity to learn through high quality play experiences.

You can have a look here for what to expect from your child through their early development and up to the age of five.

If you are looking for the best childcare options in Peterborough, Apricot Nursery is well worth considering – so why not come and visit. We have an open door policy so you can come and have a look around with your little one at any time. Just let us know that you’re coming by calling us on 01733 390 969.

Preparing your child for nursery

Regardless of which nursery you choose to take your child to, the days and weeks leading up to the start date can be daunting for both children and parents (especially new parents).

However, there are some thing that can be done before your little one starts to settle any nerves and prepare you and your child for nursery.

Tips for your child

  • In the weeks before the term start date, get your child into a set routine for waking up, bed times and meal times.
  • Find out what other local children will be in their class and arrange play dates before they start. Knowing that they already have a friend in the class will improve social skills and relax the child on their first day.
  • Read with them every day to develop language skills and get them familiar with print.
  • Take part in some structured activities such as puzzles, painting and drawing. This prepares them for the types of things they will experience at a nursery.

Tips for parents

  • Give yourself plenty of time in the morning to get things ready. Maybe even get their bits ready the night before.
  • Ensure your child knows the basics such as getting dressed, using the toilet on their own, and recognising their full name.
  • Relax and have some ‘you time’ – take the time to do things that are made more difficult with a child. So long as you’re contactable, make plans and keep busy.
  • Remember that the nursery is just as keen to have your child settle in well as you are.

We encourage group social activities that get children engaging with each other – many parents find that their children don’t want to leave at the end of the day.

Our vast experience makes it easy for toddlers joining our Peterborough nursery and our welcoming and familiar-faced team members are here to reassure your child. Do talk to any of our staff with any concerns that you may have, we’re here to help and will often provide a solution to any problems you may have.

If you are looking for childcare services in a day nursery in Peterborough, find out how Apricot Nursery can help you and your child — simply call us on 01733 390 969.

nursery to primary school

Stepping from nursery to primary school

Children may find the move from nursery to primary school one that is both exciting and daunting – the parents do too! However, a solid pre-school education can ensure a smooth transition for your child.

At any stage of anyone’s life, a change of environment can be unsettling – for a child it can be even more so. It is a critical time; children are expected to take on new learning experiences all whilst coping with new surroundings.

A well-managed move from nursery to primary school can settle children more easily and give them a head start in learning and development.

Researchers recently estimated that the UK’s 15 year olds would have been ranked higher on the PISA literacy test had they all experienced more than a year of pre-schooling. This claim is based on an analysis of the test scores and their correlation with the early educational experience of pupils in the UK.

Apricot Nursery curriculum

At Apricot Nursery we build a curriculum planned around your child’s interests and stage of development. These are observed and monitored on a regular basis. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework is designed to teach and educate your child through fun and engaging activities.

These activities help to make the educational gap between nursery and primary much smaller and eases the transition for the child. Here is what to expect of a child throughout the EYFS stages from birth to five years old.

If you want to give your child the best advantage in their education, come and have a look at our day nursery in Peterborough. We have an open door policy so you can come and have a look around with your little one at any time. Just let us know that you’re coming by calling us on 01733 390 969.

Have you got baby name remorse?

It has been found that one in five mothers feel regret towards their choice of baby name and would pick another name if they could.

According to the survey the most regretted were Charlotte, Amelia, Anne, Daniel, Jacob, James and Thomas. As well as being regretted, Amelia is also surprisingly one of the most popular baby name choices – Amelia and Oliver have been the most popular baby names for the past three years.

Of the 245 mothers who regretted their decision, the main reason was that it was too commonly used (25 per cent) and 20 per cent said it just didn’t feel right or that they had been pressured into using the name. Nearly a quarter of mothers regretted the name once their child started nursery.

“It’s typical, you do lots of research, try to please everybody inputting ideas and end up regretting your choice in the future,” comments Peterborough based nursery manager Nick Douglass. “But most children grow into their name, and there are certainly more important things in a child’s make-up than their name. If you are stuck for name ideas though, Nick has a certain ring to it, right?”

We stand by Shakespeare’s famous words: “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.

Despite this, parents do spend hours upon hours making sure they pick the right name. It comes as one of the first decisions to be made for a parent. While we can’t help you with the name, we can help parents in Peterborough with another key decision – finding a suitable day nursery.

Our beautiful Peterborough based nursery in Orton Longueville has an open door policy so you can come and have a look around at any time with your little one. There will always be a member of management available to give you a tour. To let us know that you’re coming call us on 01733 390 969.

pre-school children with own tablet

Number of pre-school children with own tablet increases

New research has found that nearly half of three and four year olds have their own tablet device to use.

The research, conducted by Childwise, found that the majority of children this age are competent technology users and can open apps, adjust volume, turn devices on and off and take pictures.

One in three children under five has their own tablet, up from one in four last year. But as tablet use has increased, figures show that access to mobile phones has decreased as a result. The findings are based on interviews with over 1,000 parents of children aged between six months and four years.

“Pre-schoolers and their parents have rapidly adopted the tablet computer,” comments Jenny Ehren, Childwise research manager. “It has quickly emerged as a most-wanted device for children, even among the very young – and parents have encouraged this, considering tablets and the games and apps on them, a great way to keep small children entertained and provide a learning benefit.”

While many parents are comfortable with the amount of time their child spends watching video content each day, a significant number are less enthusiastic.

As the particular effects of early electronic usage have not yet been found, there is no reliable way of determining the impact on development in children who are using mobile devices regularly from a young age.

Whilst these devices can be a useful learning tool, it is beneficial to limit children’s reliance on them and only allow a set access period each day. Ideally, this time should be spent using educational apps instead of watching programmes, which is what they are currently most commonly used for.

For information about how our nursery in Peterborough can help you and your child, call us on 01733 390 969.