What a great morning we had on Monday visiting Horsham Fire station at Platinum House! Hugely informative and interactive chats hosted by 2 firefighters. We got a great tour of the building, saw all of the kit they wear, got to see all of the fire trucks and the children got to go inside one AND sq**rt a water hose! Great hosts and a great time was had by all. If you get the chance to go, check it out it’s a very impressive place run by equally impressive people.
Jack and Gill Childcare and Forest School
OUTSTANDING Ofsted graded forest school led childcare setting - Ofsted report described us as having
Operating as usual
Cheep, cheep!! The eggs started hatching in the incubator Tuesday night, two little chicks so far…🐣😍🐓
20 years ago yesterday, I started my little childcare business. I want to thank you as our customers past and present, and also my great team who remain committed to our vision in providing something very beautiful and unique for our little wonderful and inquisitive nature lovers.
Thanks also to The Godalming Party Company for our balloon display which sadly isn’t represented well in this photo!
Snowball fights and snowman! ❄️☃️🌨️⛷️🏔️
Have a wonderful 2023 from all of us to all of you!
Merry Christmas to you all, from all of us at J&G's!!
Check out 'Ice Ice Baby Christmas' on JibJab.com Kick it old school this Christmas by busting your coolest moves to Vanilla Ice's classic superhit "Ice Ice Baby!"
Meet our new additions. We’ve been waiting a year to rehome these 2! Here’s Freida our yellow footed tortoise and Snoopy our red footed tortoise. They join Charlie Brown who is our horsefield tortoise. The children love looking after them and especially feeding Freida her favourite treat a banana! 🍌 🐢
Incy, windy spider…spotted on our goat pen!
The wasp spider is a great mimic of the common wasp which keeps it safe from predators, even though it is not dangerous itself (although it can bite). The female (here) often eats the male 😳.
Magic potions and dens but where is Otzi….?
Found this little snoozy guy fast asleep in the duck feed bin at the farm this morning 💤 Happy Sunday everyone 😀 #
Look at this guy! We successfully hatched 5 painted ladies from caterpillars and set them free on Friday. I managed to get a shot of one of them drinking the sugary water I made for an energy boost for them. Pretty amazing for the children to see this.
As you know, we are all about biodiversity, helping the planet as much as we can by recycling and reusing at Jack and Gill's, but have you ever thought about food waste and it's impacts on our planet as well as our pockets?
Please read the below I've thrown together from some articles that I have been reading, as I feel it might inspire you to do some of this yourselves:
Do you know the difference between ‘Best Before’ and ‘Sell By’? ‘Display Until’ and ‘Use By’?
Many of us don't, and it’s causing a whopping ten percent of Europe’s food waste - 9,000,000 tonnes across Europe each year.
Each year, every one of us throws away 100 kg of food. This is about four times the ideal body weight of a 7-year-old child, or the weight of a baby elephant!
And the value of that food is about half a BILLION. Enough to feed 16.5 million average Brits for a whole week. (And that's ONLY the food waste that occurs due to best before labels - not all the other food waste.
So in total, every year in the UK over 7 million tonnes of food and drink is thrown away each year (the weight of about 4 titanicis!), a lot of which has passed its "best before date" but would still be perfectly good to eat.
24 million slices of bread are thrown away a day in the UK due to the best by dates on the packaging!
And archaeologists found honey in ancient Egyptian tombs - and it was still delicious to eat (scrap the best before dates on that)!
So “Too Good To Go” has teamed up with some of the world’s biggest food brands to change packaging, re-classify how products should be labelled, and shake up the way we judge whether food is safe to eat.
It all starts with the 'Look, Smell, Taste, Don't Waste' pictogram. Designed to be stamped on foods that carry a Best Before, the pictogram prompts us to sense-check our food instead of blindly binning it due to a lapsed date.
Check the food for signs of visual decay.
Sniff the food to test whether it smells as it usually would.
Taste a small amount of the food to check whether it's turned unusually tangy or sour.
BUY OUT-OF-DATE FOOD (SAFELY)
No-one is suggesting that you eat anything beyond its ‘Use By’ date, which is there for safety, but when it comes to the ‘Best Before’ date, this is an indication of optimum quality.
With warehouses like Approved Foods, you can buy items nearing their “best before” date including biscuits, tinned food, jams, spreads and snacks, and breakfast cereals at knockdown prices.
You get free delivery over £55 otherwise you pay from £3.
Wasting less food means wasting less water, less fuel, less land, and less labour. It means that more people will be fed from the food that is available and that fewer people will go hungry. And it means that we also save money.
Food is wasted when we put too much food on our plates.
It’s wasted when we buy food and don‘t eat it before it goes off.
And the food is wasted when restaurants or school cafeterias serve portions that are too big or when we ask for too much to be put on our plates.
I’d definitely recommend downloading the Too Good Too Go App to find hugely reduced parcels of food from local retailers. You can make big saving on leftover food from supermarkets, such as M and S, Morrisons, Co-op, Greggs, Costa, Waitrose, Budgens, Starbucks, Londis, One Stop as well as local cafes, bakeries and restaurants.
Check it out, not only will you be more responsible for reducing our food wastage and helping the planet, it will also help our pockets too.
We have been involved in supporting the local community by providing work experience. Great week with our Year 10 student from the Weald Community School who got fully involved in everything we threw at her this week. The best thing for us was that she was in our care from aged 1 - 11!
Well, Fluffy (jack and gill’s childcare and forest school’s elderly resident rabbit), and I didn’t have the Saturday afternoon go quite as planned as somehow between 12pm and 2.45pm, after Forest School Leader Brian had attended to him in the morning, Fluffy got attacked (through his barred cage) and has lost half of his ear. The vet feels that it was a cat as we could see puncture wounds and scratches. After a mad rush to get him to see the vet and a nearly 2 hour round trip sitting in traffic which was very stressful for him and then getting through the first 24 hours of worry that he could die through stress (they are delicate animals) Fluffy is still with us and recovering well! He is happily munching away on some salad this morning in my office. Massive thanks to all the staff at who put themselves out and stayed open to see us and gave him the best care that you could hope for.
We sourced some elder wood to make some celebratory jubilee bracelets and necklaces. The children sawed their own pieces and threaded them with jubilee coloured wooden beads. Elder wood is very soft so it took them a little while to change their technique. They look pretty good I think and the children loved them!
We’ve been making Union Jack offering sticks today.
We’ll be offering them to the fire next week! 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
It’s world bee day today! This week we have been learning about their habitats and teaching the children to be mindful of the flowers as they are “bee food”. We are lucky enough to know someone who keeps honey bees and we can go and see them busy at work!
Old McDonald had a farm… and on that farm he had some ducks!
What a lot of eggs to collect! We love the nests that the ducks have made in our recycled tyres.
Let’s get counting those eggs!
It was Hedgehog awareness week last week and the children spent the week doing lots of hedgehog themed activities including making hedgehog bread rolls! Some of them were renamed as they didn’t quite look hedgehoggy but the intention was there! We have hedgehogs that pass through the Jack and Gill garden and we were lucky enough to see one under our wheelbarrow last year! Please support the 2022 appeal by donating at justgiving.com/campaign/HAW22
Let's take a walk in the forest.
Walking in the forest. Walking in the forest
We're not afraid. We're not afraid.
Walking in the forest. Walking in the forest. We're not afraid. We're not afraid.
One step. Two steps. Three steps forward.
One step. Two steps. Three steps back.
Stop. Listen. What's that?
It's a bird!
We're not afraid!
Poultry housing measures have now been lifted (but the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone remains in place). This means that our birds are out of flockdown!
It’s been a long winter for them but how joyous to see them out foraging again!
Mr or Mrs Fox paid us a visit in the early hours of this morning, here he/she is looking over at the chickens. We are thankful our birds are safe and sound in their pens with electric fencing surrounding them!
Beautiful to see the fox on camera though 💕
Happy Easter! 🐣 🥚 🐥
How are you spending yours?
Mustn’t forget to say Happy 3rd Birthday to this little lady! Our woodwork companion, alarm sounder and zoomie expert! She always brings a big smile to our faces!
And one of the children made her a mud birthday cake in our mud kitchen area!
Happy Birthday to Zoë aka Bubbles!
We’re loving our array of egg colours from the Jack and Gill small holding! Check out the size of the white egg at the back too 😳!!
Little Farmers. Our little folk were helping to muck out the animals, lay fresh bedding down, change water, top up feed and collect eggs! Plus we had to treat one of the goats with eye cream…what a busy morning!
It’s not often that you walk into your bathroom and find a mouse on the floor! It had fallen through the skylight! A bit stunned so was easy to catch. Thankfully the cats were sound asleep 😳
Lovely surprise gift for all of us today from one of the children. Thanks Alice, they brightened up our day! Spring is definitely on its way 🥰
Happy New Year 2022 to everyone and here’s to another year of creating amazing memories!
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