Your child deserves the best start... Since opening in 1990, the aim of Bright Start has always been to provide the very best care possible, creating a home from home environment where children feel happy, secure and valued as they develop and grow as individuals.
Our spacious nursery building provides individually tailored rooms to cater for babies from 3 months, right up to school age children attending our out of school club. We offer full and part time care, before school and after school sessions, holiday playschemes and emergency one-off care. We also offer 15 hours of free nursery education per week for all children from the term after their third bi
Operating as usual
The children were fascinated with the colour of the sky today and noticed the bright colour of the sun.
Did you notice the rare red sun and darkened sky across parts of Britain today? This is what caused it.
This Friday we will be having another stay and play session for children who are going to St Mary's school in September. It will take place from 1:30-2:30pm and all children are welcome, whether they attended Bright Start or not.
If you'd like to bring your child along please let us know so we have an idea on numbers :)
Our outdoor berry-picking adventure
[07/29/15] Minibeast DVDs have arrived!!!!!!!!!!! Please feel free to pop in and collect yours from today!
[07/16/15] Photographs have arrived!!!!!! We will start handing them out today, however please feel free to pop in and pick yours up if you are not in for the rest of the week and would like yours ASAP!
It has been a busy day in the nursery today: there have been Eid-themed activities going on in preschool (and these will continue throughout the week) including henna-painting, face-painting and making sparkly Eid cards.
Tomorrow all of the rooms are going to have a chance to do some baking (there's fruit cake planned, samosas, oaty cookies, kebabs, chapattis and more).
We've also had a special visitor pop in to see us- Lauren with baby Tony! Lauren is looking very well and the children loved seeing her little baby.
Pictures will follow throughout the week of the children enjoying themselves with the different activities!
[07/03/15] Nursery photographs are available now in reception, and they are adorable! If you would like to place an order please let us know by Wednesday 8th July. Photographs are £12.00 each (if you are paying cash please bring the exact amount as we will not have change. Thank you!)
[06/29/15] We'd like to say a big 'welcome' to Antonia, who has joined the Bright Start team today! Antonia has been in our Honeypot room this morning but will spend a little time in each of the rooms getting to know all of the children.
Next Monday and Tuesday we will be joined by a professional film-making company who will be turning your little ones into film stars for the day!
The children will be starring in their very own 'Minibeast Adventure" DVD.
A preview DVD will be ready to take home and view without obligation to buy on the day.
To help achieve best filming results please try and avoid dressing your children in green.
[06/23/15] Just a reminder that we are having group photographs tomorrow. We hope all the children will come in ready to give us some big smiles for the camera!
Making mud pies, scooping up mud gravy and competing to see who could make the biggest mud-splash!
Making mud pies, scooping up mud gravy and competing to see who could make the biggest mud-splash!
Good luck to all of our parents who will be finding out about school places later today.
If you will be needing before and/or after school care please let us know ASAP so that we can make sure we keep a place available in our out of school club.
Fingers crossed for everybody!
This was really interesting, if anybody missed it and wants to catch up. Fascinating to sit back and just watch children play and work things out for themselves!
channel4.com This documentary follows ten four-year-olds as they meet at nursery, exploring how children make and break friendships, share, stand up for themselves, and find their place in a new social group
Learn the first aid to save a choking baby in this video
How exciting- hopefully there should be lots of snow for the children to wake up to in the morning! We'll be open as per usual, however you can check the status of local schools here:
mix96.co.uk Are local schools currently open or closed?
huffingtonpost.com We need to find a way to prepare mothers for the possibility that they may struggle, and that it doesn't make them bad mothers....
Meanwhile over in the Honeypot room the children were enjoying working together to complete a dinosaur floor puzzle. Afterwards they clapped their hands in excitement as they finished the puzzle, and were talking about how big the dinosaur was compared to the little toy dinosaurs on the table, they pointed out the dinosaur's tail, nose, eyes and other body parts, and laughed as they shouted out their best dinosaur roars!
Look at the state of the Beehive's floor this morning after the children enjoying drawing with chalk! Our floor was beautifully decorated with names, shapes, squiggles and body outlines and the children had great fun doing it!
Team Christmas Party 2014
Last night we enjoyed an amazing team Christmas party- a night out at an Italian Masquerade Ball in Milton Keynes! There were some amazing performances, a delicious 3 course meal and dodgems and a casino to keep everybody well entertained. It was a great party to mark the end of a great year that has seen the nursery go from strength to strength. Thank you to everybody for coming and making it such a brilliant night! (Please feel free to add your photos so we can all look back and remember the night without having to rely on my not-so-great photo-taking skills)
[12/04/14] The photographs have arrived! Please ask in reception if you have ordered one of your child for Christmas
oxfordhealth.nhs.uk Speech and Language Therapy
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Now that the wet weather is upon us could children please be provided with a pair of wellies and waterproof coats for outdoor play.
Especially at this time of year it is really important that children can continue to enjoy lots of outdoor play and learning experiences. As long as they are wrapped up warm and have suitable footwear it is perfectly safe, and very beneficial, for them to be outdoors.
Watch out, Mary Berry, you have nothing on our Tweenies...
Our Tweenies had so much fun in the mud-kitchen today. They collected water from the water vat, watching how they could control how fast the water trickled out using the tap, and using jugs and cups to transport the water in.
Some of them delved into the mud-pile, using small shovels and rakes to mix up the dry mud and collect it into saucepans to place in the ovens. And the ovens were a real source of amusement as the children turned the dials and pretended to turn up the heat.
One of the children added water to a tray of dry mud and observed how the texture changed. After emptying it onto the floor a group of them took it in turns to roll it out using a makeshift rolling pin.
Another of the children was collected grass "chips" and putting them into the bowl to go in the oven.
Master bakers in the making!
We will be handing out the Bookstart Treasure Bags to all of our Preschool children today and tomorrow. Inside the packs will be a selection of stories, rhymes and songs for you to enjoy sharing with your children.
If you aren't here this week please don't worry- we will save a Treasure Bag for you to collect next week!
What fantastic imaginations children have!
This afternoon I was lucky enough to stumble upon some of our preschool children concocting a horse-making potion, which arose from a game of Cinderella. After doing all the chores, including cleaning the playhouse and washing down the tables and chairs, they fed the horses which then managed to escape!
So what did they do? Decide to make a horse-making potion, of course!
Each child in the group came up with something special to add to the potion. There were frogs, snails, carrots, and one little boy even came up with the idea of adding a helter skelter. (After Amanda asked him to put it in the mixture, he looked at her with a bemused face and answered, "Well I don't have it with me!" as if she was being totally ridiculous!)
They then went around the group to talk about how their addition would help the potion, and came up with the idea that the frogs would help the horses be able to jump, and the carrots would feed them.
The game carried on for so long as the children went wild with their imaginations and took turns in stirring the potion with their hands and pushing it all in using their feet. The helter skelter proved particularly difficult.
Amanda used the activity which had all the children captivated, to talk about shape and size, quantities, numbers and forces. The children were encouraged to listen to each other and take turns to contribute, valuing each other's ideas and being given the confidence to share their own thoughts.
The group gradually grew, from the original 2 children along with Amanda, to a sizeable number of boys and girls, younger and older children together.
And as much as the children enjoyed themselves, it was also great fun just standing back and listening!
This morning the children in the Nest have had great fun playing with ice. They passed it around, describing how it felt (slippery, wet, very, very cold, freezing) and enjoyed watching each others' reactions.
After holding the ice and talking about it, they got out the blue paint and started to coat it using the paintbrushes, fascinated with watching how it began to melt and turn into liquid.
After this they stumbled upon a wiggly worm outside and had lots of fun watching it and talking and singing about worms. They got out the chalks and even had a go at drawing their own little worms.
Our weekly newsletter has just gone out, including information on the fee increase that will take effect from September. If you haven't received the email please let me know and I will ensure one is sent to you.
The children have had great fun this morning getting out and about in the local area and visiting the park. The older children in our holiday playscheme also enjoyed making some yummy fresh fruit organic smoothies; these went down a treat!
We hope everybody is enjoying the summer holidays and has a wonderful sunny weekend!
If anybody else would like to buy nursery photos please see Kylie, Claire or Sarah ASAP. They are selling fast and we would like to make sure we order in enough extras for everybody.
Photos are £11.50 each.
While the other babies slept, one enjoyed making pretend mud-pies out of sand. She watched with fascination as Agnese poured water into the sand and saw how the consistency changed.
This week has been an emotional week as we've said goodbye to some of our older children who will be leaving us to go to 'big school'.
It is also the last day of term tomorrow for all our children who are attending term-time only sessions.
We've had morning and afternoon parties for all the older ones to enjoy, where they've had opportunities to play party games and sit down for a party snack.
We would like to say a really big 'thank you' to all of our nursery parents for your wonderful support throughout your child's time with us.
It's an absolute pleasure to have the privilege to look after your children, to see them learn and grow as little people, and to know that we have been a part of their early learning experiences.
For those children leaving us to go to school, we wish them all the very best in their new adventures and hope they will pop back in to share their new experiences with us and show off their new uniforms!
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