October was a busy month at Rosedene Nurseries, filled with exciting activities and special events. We celebrated Early Years Wellbeing Week, EB Awareness Week, and International Chefs Day.
Autumn-themed activities were held both inside and outside of each nursery, including walking around the woodland, trips to the park, and getting creative with lots of pumpkins!
Early Years Wellbeing Week is an annual event that promotes the importance of early years' wellbeing. At Rosedene, we celebrated by sharing daily content with our team on the importance of well-being. On Tuesday 10th October, we also celebrated World Mental Health Day with a ‘Tea and Talk’ in each of our settings, where we promoted communication about well-being, providing our teams with tea and biscuits hampers and talking cards.
As part of our Forest School that week, we also showed our children the importance of well-being through a Spa themed Forest School session! The children enjoyed some yoga in the woodland, as well as embracing nature and enjoying natural yoghurt face masks! Inside the nurseries they explored a variety of well-being activities including a gratitude pumpkin where each child passed around a pumpkin and shared what makes them happy.
International Chefs Day was a great opportunity for us to celebrate the brilliant and creative team members working behind the scenes in our nursery kitchens. We created fun fact files on all of our nursery chefs, where they shared what they loved about cooking for the children and why they chose a role in early years cooking.
We held a Halloween themed Half Term Holiday Club! The children enjoyed getting involved in costume competitions, spooky themed baking and afternoon teas, and of course pumpkin picking and pumpkin carving.
One of our highlights, was celebrating EB Awareness Week, which was very significant to us as Jodie, our Egglescliffe nursery manager, has a nephew Louis with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
EB is a rare and life-limiting condition that affects the skin and internal organs. During the week, we organised a fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for DEBRA, a UK-based charity that supports people, such as Louis, with EB. Our children took part in our ‘Wear your clothes inside out day’ and also worked together to create over 150 butterflies for a beautiful display, often EB is referred to as ‘Butterfly skin’ due to the fragility. We are so proud to share that we raised over £600 across our nurseries, and want to thank all of our team, children and families who got behind such an important cause. We have a special blog about our EB Awareness week here too!
Next month we look forward to hosting parent events and celebrating important weeks such as Children’s Book Week, Anti Bullying Week and Road Safety Week…and shortly after that…it’s Christmas time!