Bamford Pre-schoolers artistically celebrate Spring

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Everyone at Bamford Pre-school has been eagerly awaiting Spring and what better way to celebrate the start of the season than with a fantastic workshop with our ‘artist in residence’, Jenny Mather.

During an engaging creative process, our pre-schoolers used the sounds of nature to inspire their artwork – listening to different bird songs and drawing what they thought the songs and birds would look like. They then moved onto ceramic artwork as the children made ducks out of clay and had artist licence to decorate them; there were some very colourful ducks! The individual artwork was then brought together in a beautiful scene of “New Spring Life” which will be used as the front cover of the Bamford News (April edition).

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Caroline Hunter, Pre-school Leader commented: “Through Jenny’s expertise, our pre-schoolers ‘sprung’ into creativity developing not only a wonderful piece of Spring artwork, but also their ability to use different materials, their imagination, creativity and team work. All the children were rightly proud of their artwork and it is fantastic they can share this with family and friends in the Bamford News magazine. Thank you Jenny for your time, skills and enthusiasm”

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Jenny said: “The creativity from all the pre-schoolers was fantastic to see and be a part of. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and was amazed at how quickly the children immersed themselves in the process and produced fantastic artwork. It was great to extend my visit to incorporate other expressive arts by singing songs and reading to the children as part of their World Book Week celebrations. A wonderful day!”

The art workshop is part of Bamford Pre-school’s commitment to creating a fun learning environment, helping each child develop their social skills, creativity and confidence in preparation for school.

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Bamford Pre-school is open Monday – Friday during term time, including Breakfast Clubs. For more information please visit: www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk  or call 07591 979051.

‘Merry Christmas’ from everyone at Bamford Pre-school!

The last few weeks have been full of festive fun at Bamford Pre-school. During our craft sessions, our pre-schoolers have been busy using their skills and creative flare to make Christmas decorations and cards, as well as a nativity scene which is displayed in the Methodist Church. We are fortunate that one of our parents was able to share a German tradition of making festive biscuits with a treasured recipe. Our culinary activities were popular with our little ones and their families!

Singing Seniors lunchWe also used the upcoming festivities to think of others by supporting Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper fundraising campaign, and singing at Bamford’s Seniors’ Christmas lunch at The Anglers Rest. We didn’t forget our animal friends either, as we have been looking after them by making bird feeders and food for Santa’s hardworking reindeers.

All the excitement culminated in our Christmas Party where the children enjoyed educational entertainment from ‘Oreo and Friends’ with their menagerie of animals, including armadillos, tarantulas, meerkats and snakes. The children gave a fantastic performance of their Christmas Carols to their family and friends to round off the celebration. An extra special visit from Father Christmas helped ensure that everyone was ready for 25th December!

Caroline Hunter, Pre-school Leader, said “The last few weeks have been busy and extra special full of fun activities for developing skills and thinking of others. Thank you to everyone for your support through our December raffle and ordering our bespoke Christmas decorations which together have raised over £500 – a fantastic amount which will make a real difference. On behalf of all the staff and committee I would like to wish all Bamford Pre-school’s families and friends a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!”

Thanks to Bamford Pre-school supporters!

Squiby donation photoBamford Pre-school was thrilled to be recently chosen as the beneficiary of ‘Squiby’s Pick 6’. A Bamford-based social group, Squiby’s members voted to support pre-school this autumn donating £466 from their local lottery! Squiby (aka Paul Fathers) has been a fantastic supporter of pre-school and in the last year has helped fund extra educational activities and visits. The most recent donation will be partly used to fund a visit to Weston Park Museum – the children and staff are really looking forward to this!

Caroline Hunter, Pre-school Leader commented “As a small local charity donations from supporters like Squiby make a significant difference to pre-school.  It helps to fund extra trips, activities and purchase equipment which are of huge benefit to our children, bringing learning to life. We are very grateful for all the support – both financial and in kind – we receive from the local community. We feel fortunate to have such supportive families and friends of pre-school. Thank you all!”

In recent months, Bamford Pre-school has been successful in grant applications to contribute to our new Forest School initiative. We would like to extend thanks to Carbolite, Alpkit Foundation and the Councillors Initiative Fund (in particular Councillor Charlotte Farrell for supporting our application).  These funds have contributed to training and equipment for our new Forest School activities; an initiative we are really excited about.

Win in pre-school’s December raffle

Pre-school committee, staff and families organise a range of fundraising activities throughout the year to enable us to enhance our offering. Support our next fundraiser by purchasing tickets for our December raffle. There are some fabulous prizes up for grabs, including meals, jewellery and luxury gifts – just in time for Christmas! Tickets can be purchased from pre-school or the Anglers’ Post Office from Sunday 1st December – Wednesday 18th December. Good luck!

Happy Harvesters!

Bamford Pre-school started the new academic year celebrating all things autumnal! This included a visit to a local orchard, where our pre-schoolers enjoyed picking fruit, including blackberries, apples and plums. It was a great opportunity for the children to learn about the lifecycle of plants, the changing seasons and where our food comes from. Our little ones put this learning into practice by making some delicious apple muffins from their harvest!

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Caroline Hunter, Pre-school Leader, commented “We aim to tie our learning closely to the world around us, whether this is through trips, visitors, activities and the books we read. Our children loved our orchard trip, from taking the bus, to working together collecting the fruit.”

It wasn’t just a celebration of the nutritious value of fruits but also their artistic value, as the children use ‘blackberry paint’ to create some fantastic masterpieces!

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Exploring the world around us is part of Bamford Pre-school’s commitment to creating a fun learning environment. This approach helps each child develop their social skills, creativity and confidence in preparation for school.

Bamford Pre-school is open Monday – Friday during term time, including Breakfast Clubs. Opening hours are:

  • Monday and Wednesday 9am – 1pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8am – 3pm

For more information please visit: www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk, call 07591 979051 or email: bamfordpreschool@hotmail.co.uk

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Fire engines, Forest School and future fun!

The last few weeks at Bamford Pre-school have been busy, packed with lots of fun and learning. Just before the end of term, Hathersage Fire Brigade visited to teach the children about the importance of fire safety, letting them explore the fire engine and equipment. To great delight, the children were able to use the pressure hose on their teachers who were in full protective clothing. The visit certainly brought learning to life for the children! 

The end of year party was a special celebration for all the pre-school children, in particular those that are moving on to ‘big school’. All the children thoroughly enjoyed their transition week at Bamford Primary, who put on an exciting range of activities to help the children get settled for school in September, including yoga, baking and crafts. The younger children are looking forward to returning to pre-school after the summer holidays for more fun and learning, especially as Bamford Pre-school will be continuing its strong focus on learning through nature and the great outdoors by working to become a Forest School* accredited setting.

Caroline Hunter, Pre-school Leader commented, “We’ve had a great year at pre-school, with so many different activities and lots of learning. We are all very excited about next year; given more demand for our services, we are increasing our hours, establishing our Forest School provision, as well as continuing to organise visitors and trips. We would like to say a big “Thank you” to all our supporters, friends and parents who help make Bamford Pre-school the special place it is for our children!”

Bamford Pre-school is open Monday – Friday during term time, including Breakfast Clubs.  From September, the hours will be:

  • Monday and Wednesday 9am – 1pm 
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8am – 3pm

For more information please visit: www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk, call 07591 979051 or email: bamfordpreschool@hotmail.co.uk

Bamford Pre-school’s supporters can be found at http://www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk/our-supporters/

*Forest School is an inspirational process that helps children develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in the outdoors. Activities include; den building, painting with mud, creating woodland musical instruments and campfires! More information can be found at: www.forestschools.com/pages/what-is-forest-school-an-introduction.

Bamford Pre-school’s little litter pickers

In June, Bamford Pre-school undertook a litter pick around the village led by Peak Park Ranger, Tom Lewis.

The children took their roles responsibly carefully collecting rubbish from around pre-school, the Anglers, the green and the recreation ground. Tom and the pre-school staff highlighted the importance of looking after the local area and being ‘good citizens’. After all their hard work, the children enjoyed a well-earned play at the recreation ground. 

Caroline Hunter, Pre-school Leader commented, “Our partnership with the Peak Park is very important to us. We are grateful to Tom for taking time to highlight to our little ones the importance of looking after our local environment. The children worked very hard and take a real pride in looking after their village. Thank you to all the parents, friends and family who sponsored our litter pick.”

Tom agreed, “We are fortunate to live in such a special and beautiful place. Enthusing the next generation about protecting their local area and community is so important. The children did a great job and it was a really fun day!”

Bamford Pre-school is proud to be an active member of the local community and the litter pick is part of this ethos. 

Bamford Pre-school is open Monday – Friday during term time, including Breakfast Clubs. For more information please visit: www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk or call 07591 979051

Bamford Pre-school combines ice-cream and learning!

Just before the summer half term, excited children from Bamford Pre-school set off on an adventure to Thorpe Farm, the home of Hope Valley ice-cream!

Focusing on ‘Understanding our World’, the children’s learning started immediately on the 271 bus journey to Hathersage, as the pre-schoolers talked about public transport and different ways to travel. After a walk up Thorpe Farm driveway, the children were delighted to be able to get close to lots of different farm animals – donkeys, pigs, chicks, calves and, of course, cows! They were fortunate to see the cows being milked and learned about the importance of animal husbandry. After all the learning, the children were rewarded with a delicious Hope Valley ice-cream and a play in the sandpit and toy tractor park, before a return bus journey back to Bamford.

Caroline Hunter, Pre-school Leader said “We had a fantastic day out, with the children learning a great deal about their local area. At pre-school we aim to provide a fun, nurturing learning environment, to help our children become confident and independent for the next stage in their educational journey – trips such as today are a big part of our approach. All the staff were very proud of how caring the children were towards the animals and how enthused they were to learn”.

A big thank you to Jane Marsden and the Thorpe Farm team for a wonderful warm welcome. Also a big thank you to Paul Fathers for a generous donation to help fund this trip from his charity raffle. Thank you all very much!  

Bamford Pre-school is open Monday – Friday during term time, including Breakfast Clubs. For more information please visit: www.bamfordpreschool.co.uk or call 07591 979051.