Now and Next

Cute little girl looking at the camera while climbing up a wooden playground.
Daffodils and snowflakes!

The changeable weather has kept us all on our toes, but I’m sure you will all agree, the daffodils and sunshine really do help to start each day with a smile. Although COVID hasn’t disappeared, we are all being encouraged to ‘move on’ and try our best to have some type of normality. Good weather […]

Two twin baby girls are playing together and hugging at daycare.
2022 has arrived

Happy New Year to all of our Sparkling Minds family! I wanted to start by saying a huge thank you on behalf of the whole team for all of the cards, gifts and kind words before we closed for the Christmas period. The team deserved a well earned break and COVID certainly didn’t want to […]

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Christmas & New year

A time to unwind and look forward to 2022! The build up to Christmas was different for us all this year, although hopefully an improvement on the previous one; with many managing to spend some quality time together. For those unfortunate enough to have COVID visit the household, we hope you managed to have some […]

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November- Fireworks & Celebrations

Overview and updates: As mentioned in the previous blog, we have been waiting for our additional staff to join us. You may have heard the children in Rainbow room mention Kazza; she is a very experienced level 2 practitioner with over 11 years of experience in EYFS. She has now spent two full weeks getting […]

Boy playing soap bubble.
Autumn is coming!

Overview and updates: This month has seen lots of new beginnings. We have two lovely new members of staff in our team; Nicola has joined us as ‘Break and Lunch Cover’ and may work across all of the rooms dependent on numbers. Katherine has also joined us and is currently working with both Rainbow and […]

Three young kids, two girls and one boy, are looking at a picture book. They are lying on the floor in a daycare room. One girl is pointing at the book.
Awesome August!

Overview and updates: What a busy month we have had! Our Starlight children have all been notified of their school places and they have been busy strengthening their little finger muscles for writing during their free choice activities. Families of those moving on to school were all offered the opportunity to meet with me to […]

Little boy (5 years) in community garden, smelling fresh herb plant.
Summer has arrived!

The sun has made everyone feel more relaxed and the children are constantly glowing from their layer of sun-cream. Thankfully the air con has been keeping the rooms at a comfortable temperature and the gazebo (alongside our beautiful Willow tree) has provided the much needed shade in the garden. Snack picnics under the Willow tree […]

Child playing with toy car in a sandbox
New Additions

General update: This month has been extremely busy. Due to our growing numbers we have advertised for several staff and have been fortunate enough to have three new additions to our existing team. Please take a look at the ‘Meet the team’ page to read a little about Maddy, Stacy and Kelly. Maddy has joined […]

Cute little girl feeding chickens outdoors
Easter Bonnet Competition

Thursday 1st April 2021: We will be holding an Easter bonnet competition in each of our rooms. Age appropriate prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. A special prize will be awarded for the most original design! Staff will be planning fun activities for the children and this will include a COVID […]

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COVID Testing update

Latest COVID testing update from Government: We have been reading through the latest guidance and have also received COVID testing kits for staff. All staff will be self testing twice each week from 22nd March 2021 to allow us to continue with safe provision for all of our families. Testing will take place for all […]

Shot of a young brother and sister playing in the rain
Spring is in the air!

General update: The glimpse of sunshine really does make everything feel better. With Boris pointing to a little glimmer of a light (at the end of the long COVID tunnel) people finally have a little spring in their step. We are no where near out of the woods yet, but with spring bulbs peeping through […]

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Snow Update

We hope you have managed to have a little family fun in the snow (while staying COVID safe of course). Ian and I went into nursery at lunch time to finish a spot of painting in Rainbow Room and D.I.Y. in Sunbeam Room. The building was warm and electric etc were all fine. We left […]

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Settling in and progress made so far.

General update: The electricians were in on the weekend and have installed all new lighting. The wi-fi throughout the building is now complete and ready for the next step. Soon we will be able to update our IT and begin to set up the new EyLog and EyMan systems. Senior staff are booked in for […]

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A new chapter as ‘Sparkling Minds’.

New ownership and a new website to share information of our organisational structure, plus our four core values and news of new electronic profiles.