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Little Cuckoos enjoys its annual summer trip on the longest – and hottest – day of the year!

Parents joined their children and all pre-school staff on Wednesday 21st June for the annual summer trip which this year took place at Charlie’s Farm in Choldeton, near Stonehenge.

 

The coach arrived at the attraction in the morning with lots of excitement soon to follow as the children discovered all the fun they had in store for the day ahead. The first stop – feeding the farm animals!

 

With plenty of goats, sheep, donkeys, horses, pigs and a very impressive Highland cow, the children – and parents – were in their element watching the animals happily eating their food.

 

It was the hottest day of the year so far, so shaded spots became popular play areas for children to enjoy woodland trails, climbing in the cool adventure area and settling down for a much-needed picnic.

 

Other highlights of the trip included a tractor ride around the fields, “milking” a life-size play cow, bouncing on the huge trampoline, taking shelter from the sun in the soft play centre, and of course – eating a delicious ice cream!

 

What a huge success! Here’s the next year’s grand day out.

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June 2017:  Little Cuckoos is rated Good in all areas!

Once again, Little Cuckoos Pre-School has been rated “Good” by Ofsted in all four categories including the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and personal development, behaviour and welfare.

We are delighted with the positive highlights in the report, which include comments that:

  • The management team works hard to provide high-quality care and learning for children. It uses the views of staff, children, parents and carers to implement ambitious plans that benefit all the children. 
  • Staff create a welcoming environment, where they get to know children and their families extremely well. They cherish children’s individuality and tailor care and learning to meet each child’s needs. Teaching is consistently good. 
  • Children thoroughly enjoy the wide range of interesting and challenging experiences that staff provide. Children are confident and creative in their play. 

The Inspection Team visited Little Cuckoos on Monday 22nd May. The full report can be accessed via this Ofsted link.

Well done to all the staff at Little Cuckoos – this is wonderful news for the pre-school.

May 2017: Parent’s Information Evening  

On Wednesday 24th May at 7:15pm, at Little Cuckoos – we are hosting a Parent’s Information Evening, which will give parents and prospective parents an opportunity to ask our Pre-school Manager, Hayley, any questions you have about Little Cuckoos – such as the planning of activities, assessing children’s development etc. Refreshments will be provided.

For parents with children already at Little Cuckoos, if you would like to submit a question and are unable to attend, or would like to submit anonymously in advance, please do so by posting it into the green box in the reception area of the building. If you are a prospective parent and unable to attend, but would like to ask a question, please email annavslade@hotmail.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday.

March 2017: World Book Day

Little Cuckoos invited children and their relatives along to a special evening to celebrate World Book Day (2 March). At 6pm, dressed in their snuggliest pyjamas and dressing gowns, the little ones gathered on the pre-school’s cosy rug as parents and grandparents read bedtime books for the annual ‘Stories By Starlight’ event.

Joined by their siblings and excited to be at Little Cuckoos after sunset, the children enjoyed listening to an entertaining mix of stories before settling down for a welcoming cup of hot chocolate and buttered toast to send them off home for a relaxing night’s sleep.

Thank you to all the parents involved in reading this year’s stories, and of course to the pre-school staff for creating such a warming atmosphere and serving up the bedtime treats!

Stories by Starlight to celebrate World Book Day

Stories by Starlight to celebrate World Book Day

 

 

January 2017 – Learning in the great outdoors

Creative work is underway to make great use out of the Little Cuckoos field adjacent to the pre-school which will become a much-loved space for exploring and learning through outdoor play.

So far, a felled oak tree has been cut up to provide seats and ‘stepping stumps’ for the children, and one of the parents has kindly made fantastic wooden bird and bat boxes. The children will be painting each box with woodland colours before they are installed in the trees.

Little Cuckoos is so lucky to be surrounded by plenty of wildlife, and the field will provide the children with many opportunities to enjoy nature and explore the beauty of the great outdoors.

More plans are in place for adding resources to the field and carrying out exciting activities – we will keep you all updated!

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January 2017

Happy New Year to all our parents, carers and children! We hope you have all enjoyed the Christmas break and are looking forward to another exciting term ahead at Little Cuckoos.

 

The Pre-School will be opening again on Wednesday 4th January at 9am for the start of term. Don’t forget extra layers, hat and gloves for your little ones as it is going to be a very cold, frosty week!

 

We will keep you updated on the theme and activities the children will be focusing on this term. During the start of week commencing Monday 9th January, the Committee will be issuing the annual Parents’ Questionnaire.

 

Here’s to another positive and successful year for everyone at Little Cuckoos Pre-School.

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 Christmas at Little Cuckoos

The Little Cuckoos Christmas Fayre took place on Saturday 10 December and was, once again, a huge success. Children enjoyed making their own reindeer food, decorating festive cookies, having their faces painted and watching the magical arrival of Father Christmas who made his entrance in spectacular style – on board a tractor!

During the celebration of the festive season, children have been busy enjoying plenty of arts and craft activities, such as making their own Christmas wreaths with glitter and sequins, making a Christmas card, cutting out shapes for tree decorations, and painting festive pictures.  As we head towards the end of term, there is much excitement at the pre-school with children looking forward to their Christmas party featuring a magician, and the last day of term will be marked by the much-awaited Christmas Nativity performance at St. Margaret’s Church, Corsley, at 11:15am.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope 2017 brings you much happiness and good health.

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Father Christmas visits Little Cuckoos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2016 – celebrating all things AUTUMN!

We are delighted to see our children enjoying a variety of different activities to celebrate our Autumn theme this term. Did you manage to enjoy a spoon of your little one’s delicious homemade apple crumble recently? They had lots of fun making their own individual crumbles and learning about the importance of where our food comes from.

When dropping off and collecting your child from Little Cuckoos, you may have noticed our ‘Farm Shop’ in the classroom featuring a range of real, seasonal fresh produce to create opportunities for the children to play imaginative games and talk about food from the soil.

On 21 October which is our last day of term, we will be running a competition for the best scarecrows! The competition will be judged in two age groups with a prize given to the winners of each group. We encourage you to allow your child to be as creative as they like – all scarecrow sizes are welcome!

We will also be collecting non-perishable food items to celebrate harvest during the last week of term (17 – 21 October). All donations will then be given to the Warminster Food Bank to help provide emergency food and support to local individuals and families in crisis. We are asking parents and carers to add a contribution to this by bringing in food items such as tinned soup, cereal, lentils, dried rice and pasta. Every little donation will help make a great difference. We will display our food donations at Little Cuckoos on Friday 21 October before they are taken to the food bank.

Finally, have you heard about our exciting Mini Monsters Halloween Ball? Keep an eye out for posters which will be on display at Little Cuckoos soon with more details. For now, save the date! The party will be on the last day of term, Friday 21 October, from 4:30 – 6:30pm with buffet food available as well as a disco and fun games. All Little Cuckoos children and their siblings are invited with an accompanying adult. Tickets will be available soon for £2 a child (aged 2 and upwards). We hope to see you there!

 

 

September 2016 has started – welcome back!

We are delighted to welcome our children back to the start of a new term at Little Cuckoos. It was bittersweet to bid our preschool leavers farewell in July, and we are delighted to hear from so many parents and carers of our leavers that their children are already settling in well to their new schools this term.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome some new faces to the preschool this September and we look forward to showing our new starters how much fun they are going to have as they learn through play during their time at Little Cuckoos.

We have some great events lined up for the term ahead including our Macmillan Coffee Morning in aid of the cancer support charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning national event. We will be hosting our very own tea party for the charity on Friday 30 September at 2:30pm at Little Cuckoos. We would be so grateful to any parents and carers who are willing to bake ahead for the event to help support the charity, so if you’re happy to bake up some treats for us to sell at the tea party please let us know.

Little Cuckoos is gearing up for its Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is taking place this year on Wednesday 5 October at 7:30pm at Little Cuckoos. You are all welcome to come along to the meeting to hear a review of the past year from the Chair of our committee. We will also be voting in a new Chair and confirming the management committee for the year ahead.

One of the exciting additions to Little Cuckoos this summer has been a new fence which was built before the start of our new term in our beautiful outdoor space. The new fenced area of land has been leased to Little Cuckoos by the Parish Council and is able to be used by the preschool for a variety of different activities to enhance the learning experience of our children. We will soon be issuing more information to parents and carers about the ways in which we can make use of this land for the enjoyment of the children, so please watch this space as we will be inviting you to help us decide!

With autumn well and truly in the air now, we are looking forward to celebrating Harvest with the children this year. From 17 – 21 October, we will be inviting parents and carers to bring in non-perishable food items to Little Cuckoos, such as packets and tins of nourishing food, that we can collect and donate to the Warminster Food Bank which helps local people in crisis by providing emergency food parcels. This will be a wonderful experience for the children as they learn about the importance of appreciating food and helping others in need.

We wish you all a very happy start to the new term!

 

Term 6  June/July 2016 

We have been very busy !!

This terms learning has been focused around traditional stories & tales including Jack and the Bean Stalk, Goldilocks & The Three Bears and the Gingerbread man. The children have been planting Beans , tasting porridge and making Gingerbread men !

We were visited by the fantastic interactive animal experience Zoolab this term .Using the Julia Donaldson story the Zagaroo ..Zoolab followed the story introducing the various animals .the children were able to touch and handle an African land snail , a Tarantula , Cockroach and even a Rat ! .

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The children were fascinated with the anials, it was a brilliant and unique learning experience .

On Saturday 11th june Children and families joined together to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday. The Cuckoos committee team organised a traditional street party feel celebration with homemade scones and Pin the tail on the Corgi ! ..even the Queen made appearance
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Easter Egg Hunt, Good Friday 

The Easter Bunny is going to be busy at Little Cuckoos on Good Friday! Come along and see if you can solve the Easter Bunny’s clues to win an egg! We will also have our usual fantastic raffle, crafts, games and gorgeous homemade cakes. Please do come and join us! 10am-12, Good Friday (25th March) at Little Cuckoos.

 

Stories by Starlight

Our popular stories by starlight evening took place Friday 4th March  2016, in conjunction with World Book Day events . Over 40 children , parents and Grandparents joined us for an hour of bedtime stories read by parents, aswell as much enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows! The evening is always great success as the children love to join us dressed up in their pyjamas

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Corsley Cuckoos Bedtime .

 

January 2016

Happy New Year! Welcome back to all of our children.

Our next event is our Nearly New Sale at Chapmanslade Village Hall on 23rd January 2016, 10-12. Come along and browse, enjoy one of our homemade cakes and grab a bargain! Entry £1 per adult, tables are available at £10 each. See you there!

 

December 2015

A great time was had by all at the annual Cuckoos  Christmas Fayre 2015!

During the event  Corsley Cuckoos Committee Members and staff welcomed parents, children, family and friends to the nest.  The children took part in making magical Reindeer food, decorated gingerbread biscuits, and even met the big man himself,  Father Christmas, whom in true Little Cuckoos style arrived upon a tractor!

The Fayre is an important part of our fundraising activities and would not be possible without the help and enthusiasm from the  staff and committee members as-well as the donations of bottles, raffle prizes and cakes. A big thank you to all who helped out, attended and donated.

Even Bruno the Bear had a go at the Candy Cane Lucky Dip

Here are some of the magical memories.

 

November 2015

The committee is always organising events to promote Little Cuckoos, raise vital funds and of course to have a little fun!

Come along to our annual Christmas Fair for cakes, crafts and our raffle! Most importantly visit the big man himself in our grotto! Saturday December 12th, 10am – 12pm

September 2015

Our Cake Sale in aid of MacMillan Cancer was on Friday 25th September. We had a great selection of cakes donated by parents and children, and raised a fantastic £107.88 for a really good cause. Thank you to everyone that came along!

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August 2015

Our stand at Corsley Show was a great success, although the weather was a bit of a challenge! We hope you had time to pop along and say Hello to our friendly volunteers.

July 2015

The Summer Fair on 4th July was a huge success! With Walnut the pony giving rides, the bouncy castle, military vehicles and all of our brilliant stalls and crafts a great day was had by all. Our yummy barbecue was very popular and of course our renowned raffle was very exciting!

April 2015

Our annual Easter Egg Hunt took place on Good Friday. We had a fantastic turn out from parents and local families and had a really successful day. The children enjoyed finding the hidden letters around the field and deciphering the secret Easter message! Each child was rewarded with an Easter Egg. Thank you to everyone that came along.

March 2015

Stories by Starlight
One of our favourite events of the year, our annual Stories by Starlight evening gave the children the opportunity to venture out after dark in the PJs with their teddies for some stories and a sneaky hot chocolate! Parents, siblings and grandparents were invited to read to the group!

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Some pictures from previous years:

 

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Hayley, our Pre-School Leader reading one of the stories

Hayley, our Pre-School Leader reading one of the stories