Tortoise Nursery

Tortoise Nursery

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Hi all set up a group for children and parents to swap. https://m.facebook.com/groups/1865396896928233?view=permalink&id=1865398973594692
Thank you so much to all the moms and dads who brought your Christmas Photographs from myself, Julie Eve Photography.. can I take this opportunity to thank you for your custom and to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful new Year!! Take care, Julie Walker, Julie Eve Photography. xx
Hands down the most fantastic nursery. My son went from 12 months old and I needn’t have worried about leaving him. They were absolutely brilliant and I’m sure helped mould him into the little character he has become. Unfortunately we had to leave as we moved out of the area but we all miss the staff at Tortoise and talk about them regularly. The staff really do look after the children like their own and we couldn’t be more grateful for the love and care they showed in the time that we used them
First smile from Evie today was when I said she was going to see you all today. :)
Hi is it PJ day Wednesday??
I'm sat in my car listening to my little laugh whilst they all play football. Its lovely. :)
Wow!!! Where has the year gone? 36 weeks of Marvellous Maths completed by this fantastic group of children. A big thank you to all of the amazing children who have been awesome in all of the sessions. I hope they have learnt lots and are big-school ready...
And, also a big thank you to all of the fantastic staff @ the nursery too for your continued support.
If you have a child in Pre-school in September and
would like to find out more information about what our Little Learner sessions are all about, then please message me directly on the Shropshire Tutor page. Letters will be sent out to all Pre-School children next week.
Lucie is sat sharing her strawberries with her Daddy and piped up ‘sharing is caring Daddy!’ ♥️😂
What a fantastic two weeks Music Minors has had atTortoises Nursery 🎶. We’ve learnt colours, months of the the year AND we’ve drawn musical notation. For Preschool age I’d say that’s pretty impressive. Keep up the good work my little Music Minors 💕. Don’t forget there’s no class next week, see you in 2 weeks. Rachel 🎶🌟(pics to follow)
Hey Steph, any update on when the photos will be ready for collection? x

Local day care in a small and friendly setting!

Operating as usual

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 29/05/2022

A miserable morning and an intolerance for soft play today (me!) 🤪🤣 I had a thought that, although Emmies toys are organised and there's not too many: maybe it's still too much hard work to decide what to play with and how so I set some of her things up. I rotated her stuff so it was all 'new' too!
Some stuff she'll play on her own with (hoorah!) but other stuff she asks or needs me to play too... It's all about balance 🎉👍🏻 Nothing spectacular... Just simplicity at home x

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 27/05/2022

Toddlers have loved exploring the Jubilee colours this week in a range of ways...we hope the paint hasn't stained too many hands!! They have done lots of exploring what their bodies can do, moving in different ways and pushing their own boundaries 😁Lots of pinching, grasping, squeezing and scraping to strengthen their fingers, wrists and arms! 💪🥰 Some of our toddlers are now noticing the camera on them and asking to see their picture or prepping for a selfie, haha! There are too many photobombs and cheesy grins at the camera...all good for understanding technology though! Haha! 🤩

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 25/05/2022

We are expanding the team! We are looking for someone who would like to earn their qualification whilst having a great time gaining experience! 😄🧐 Could you be our next apprentice?

-Are you passionate, driven and motivated to achieve a career in childcare and education?
-Are you excited and imaginative about creating possibilities for children's learning?
· Do you possess an astonishing array of voices that can be used for dramatic effect in all kinds of stories?
· Are you devoted to making connections with families because you know that is the best way to understand children?
· Are you a confident multitasker, for example whilst being bandaged up (because you are the patient today) can you still ensure that all nappies are fresh and you have a plan for snack time
Do you get a real buzz from delivering fantastic customer service that makes families feel awesome about the provision you offer?
· Can you be a superhero (or a polar bear, or an astronaut) at a moments notice because that is what your audience demands?
· Are you more concerned about what children take home in their hearts and minds, than in their hands when they leave nursery?
· Would you love to arrive and leave work knowing that you made a difference?
Please email Steph at tortoisen[email protected] with your CV.

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 20/05/2022

Camera shy this week in toddlers! Lots of exploring, experimenting and risk taking.....they are showing such care for each other and the thought and connections in their play are shining through more each day 🥰🤩🥳

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 20/05/2022

A big couple of weeks for Preschool....spiders, butterflies and bugs were still an interest...turning into colour and texture for the little ones and a focus on teamwork/perseverance for school leavers! An added theme of maternity wards too (eek...lot's of interesting questions and actions observed there! haha!)

In a world where everything is instant, the gratification is immediate and with adults with busy lives it's easy for children to just say 'I can't do it' and not have much patience....we will be focussing on this for a while now with all of Pre-schoolers to aid that attention, focus and the confidence needed to keep on trying with any challenge that may arise in their future! Talking to each other and building strong team work abilities can also aid emotional literacy and children's ability to 'bounce back'!

Our motto's will be ' Where there's a will, there's a way' and 'It's not the winning, it's the taking part!' Some old school values.....straight from the mouths of my parents in the 80's 😂

18/05/2022

As the weather starts to hot up again this week 🌞 a reminder that children need 6-8 water based drinks 💦 each day to remain hydrated and encourage healthy bowels & bladders.

But when your child is a drink-dodger this can be difficult!

Here's some tips and tricks that might help.

1. Make ice lollies using well diluted squash. Don’t add sugar and avoid using blackcurrant squash which can irritate the bladder.

2. Draw lines on drinks bottles. This gives kids a visual goal of how much they should drink at different times of the day, which helps when they’re at school and it’s hard to keep track of how much they’re drinking.

3. Jazz up their water with ice cubes, umbrellas and slices of fruit.

4. Buy or customise your own funky straws.

5. Let them choose their cup and fill it themselves.

6. Make sugar-free jellies that contain the equivalent of one cup of water.

7. For younger children let them use a play tea set and fill up the teapot with water and ask them to make some ‘cups of tea’ to drink the water from tea cups. Hold a ‘tea party; and get them involved pouring the water and drinking it.

8. Fill up a water dispenser with an easy tap on the front at home and fill with water and slices of citrus fruit and encourage them to use it throughout the day to get their own drink.

9. Talk to your child's teacher about encouraging pupils to drink during the day. Their teacher could keep a bottle of water on their own desk and sip from it during the day, or have a ‘carpet time session’ where they explain why water is good for their health & concentration at school.

Have you got any more tips or tricks for encouraging children to drink more? Let us know!

12/05/2022

A beautiful moment this morning releasing 1 of the butterflies......awe filled faces and excitement! 🤩🦋

Mum issues warning after two-year-old son choked on sweet - while sat on her lap 11/05/2022

Mum issues warning after two-year-old son choked on sweet - while sat on her lap

😯😱

Mum issues warning after two-year-old son choked on sweet - while sat on her lap Baker was with Amy during a hair appointment

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 10/05/2022

Toddlers had a lovely week...they were exploring moulding with foam and what else the foam does....sticking things to the windows mainly!! They've also loved using the crates for stepping stones, bridges and then trains so off we went to the train station!! We also loved Preschool bikes and how the wheels work! 😃🤩🥳

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 10/05/2022

Last week was a week of bugs, Eid and bikes! Preschool little ones were doing the Hungry Caterpillar and then ice cream shops as the school leavers explored catching cobwebs, bug hunting/drawing/moulding/ junk modelling and tallying the bugs! Amani told us all about her Eid celebrations and we did our own body art and danced to traditional music 😃
Bike day went down a storm and may have to be a regular occurrence too!

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 29/04/2022

Babies & Toddlers have been getting ready for the beach days and exploring the sand lots this week!!! All of our children have been filling and pouring and seeing what moulds (castles) they could make.
The mud kitchen has also been a big hit, The children have been making mud tea and our favourite word has been "Errrrrr Dirty"
We have also been painting with sand to add a different texture on to cling film 😃😀

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 29/04/2022

This week we have been exploring caterpillars, making playdough models, measuring our caterpillars, and watching them turn into cocoons.

Mel’s group have looked at symmetry and created mini beast models from a variety of materials and loose parts.

Luke and Kays groups have had lots of fun creating their own tea party for the “Tiger Who Came For Tea”, developing chopping, squeezing and learning to recognise empty and full.

We also had a special look at the gardener outside who kindly allowed us to look at her tools and what she does for a job!

🐯☕️🐛🦋🐜🕷🦟

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 22/04/2022

Time for some normality and a Preschool trip to the park this morning!! Lots of core strength building, balancing, arm strength, cardio and friendship building! Not sure who had more fun...the staff or the children 😂😎🤩

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 22/04/2022

A lovely quiet Easter holiday full of crafting, dressing up and water bombs!! 😄🥰🤩🥳

20/04/2022

Hi all! We are in need of a couple of these if anyone has one they no longer use please! 😀

19/04/2022

We hope everyone got their school choices today!! Let us know where your little one's next adventure is going to be! 💔♥️

13/04/2022

Ahh every day 😅😂😎

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 08/04/2022

Wow....another erm...random week for Preschool!! Child led and tuning in to their ideas and interests pays off in their engagement level and learning but it doesn't half take us down a twisted old path 😂 TEETH! Again! Haha...now is the time to get them to the dentist.....no fear in our dentist surgery and a genuine love of making (creepy!) dentures!! Exploring dinosaurs and their teeth, learning the names of ours and, of course, how to look after our teeth!!
Throw in some hammering and nails into veg, bubbles, 'exercises', 'Tortoise Got Talent' style shows on stage, feather races, Easter with a new love for Abba and you get a perfect end to a wonderful Spring term 🤩🥰🥳

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 08/04/2022

Quality over quantity for toddlers this week as there were too many smiling, happy faces posing for the photos (haha) They have been super absorbed in bubbles, wind, rolling objects, ice cream and tea making this week!! 😀🥰🤩

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 01/04/2022

A super week for toddlers too! We started the week exploring Spring, flowers and doing a bit of planting! We then moved on to NOISE!! Something we know our little ones are great at!! We used materials, instruments, tubes, spoons and saucepans...even water!!
We introduced some scissor experiences as the older ones are really trying hard to master those...more to come next week!
The little ones have been engaged with 'rolling' items so we are on the ball (haha) with that and will keep exploring items that roll!
Lots of lovely working together, pretend play and risk taking thrown in too 😄🤩🥳

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 01/04/2022

Independence week in Preschool!! The children are already pretty good with dressing, tidying, taking responsibility but we wanted to give them that little bit more autonomy this week and try to practice these skills more....keep up the good work at home too guys!
As you know most of what we provide is child-led and in the moment which is why we go off on random tangents sometimes because lets face it...children are random 😂

So we started the week with making our own playdough, they continued this by making their own cookies (nearly poisoning themselves with too much salt but still...it's all about the process!)

Somebody then starting talking question time! It led into predators and preys and their TEETH!! They made pretend teeth 😂 and have now had a few days of teeth brushing, making their own toothpaste and dentist role play!

They made their own obstacle courses and finished off the week deciding that they wanted to play duck, duck, goose by the daffodils!! https://www.motherforlife.com/child/3-to-5-years-old/development/learnings/3998-8-tips-to-stimulate-your-child-s-autonomy.thtml

TikTok being used by 16% of British toddlers, Ofcom finds 01/04/2022

TikTok being used by 16% of British toddlers, Ofcom finds

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/mar/29/tiktok-being-used-by-16-of-british-toddlers-ofcom-finds?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1648626382
SCREEN TIME!! Did you know that children should have a maximum of 1 hour per day with a screen? Where possible an adult should be present to continue language and understanding.....and also to keep the child SAFE whilst on line!
If your child doesn't have a tablet then that's great, hold out for as long as you can! Every skill they learn on them can be learnt elsewhere and easily moderated (occasional use of your phone to begin basic skills maybe)
Tablets can be very useful and educational as well as TV but please do monitor the use and consider the impact.
Apps that show videos (Youtube, Tiktok!) can often have an adverse affect on your child's attention span. The constant flicking through (normally very bizarre with no value!) videos, not finishing each clip, being drawn in to that state of focus so no other stimuli can reach them (listening to you!) 🤪
If you do watch these, please make sure you have safety measures in place, timers on and are aware of what they are watching.
You never know what they hear or see on these things and even with parent locks in place or watching so called child-friendly things can have things included you would not want your child subjected to. 🧐
The impact on children's speech and language gets bigger each year, children have American accents and use American words for things. Having low language skills can severely impact on their education.
Please speak to a member of staff for advice and help if you struggle with limiting or using the tablet/screen.😄

TikTok being used by 16% of British toddlers, Ofcom finds Three-year-olds are on the video-sharing platform and it may be affecting their attention span

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 31/03/2022

Last week in toddlers! Lots of imagination, building relationships and exploring confidently. Some lovely communicating and such high levels of engagement for their age.....did you know that a child's attention span is approx 1 minute per 1 year of their age!? These guys are 1 and 2 but will easily stay engrossed for half an hour or more! 😁🤩🥳

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 31/03/2022

Last week in Preschool!! Lots of shape work, collaborative play, imaginative 'randomness' from the children! Staff are so in tune with the children, it really is their own environment. A huge thank you to the parents who came to the stay and play sessions too...it was amazing to have people back in the building 😄😎🤩

Free oral hygiene products available in Boots to those in need – Dentistry 23/03/2022

Free oral hygiene products available in Boots to those in need – Dentistry

https://dentistry.co.uk/2022/02/15/ask-for-jesse/?fbclid=IwAR0c3T344UgYHh_dpDe2eM6NqHPZt6CLngt9EIOTAPQztbtycPNuzNlXNFQ

Free oral hygiene products available in Boots to those in need – Dentistry Boots, the UK's leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, are handing out free oral hygiene products to those in need.

22/03/2022

CJ Wildlife Have kindly donated some bird feeders, food and bug homes today!! The children had a blast filling them up and placing the new additions to their nature garden! Huge thank you to Mark and the guys! 😄🤩

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 11/03/2022

Too busy for many photos this week in Preschool!! Lots of work on our shapes in different ways 😁🤩🥳 So much concentration and detail going into their painting and drawing too....definitely got a bunch of future artists! We also had a 'fairy' focus day where they discussed that boys can be fairies too.....and actually boys can do whatever girls can do....and vice versa of course!! 😁😎

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 11/03/2022

Ahhh toddlers......focus on 'helping' this week and we were amazed!! Holding each others hands whilst risk taking, dancing together, excellent tidying up (sometimes haha!) building together, sharing resources and showing each other how to do things!! 😁🤩🥳🥰

05/03/2022

The day has arrived and the sun is shining for our Kelly on her special day ☀️💐🎊❤️💒

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 04/03/2022

The week that Steph's back survived working in Toddlers 😂😅🤪 I've had a wonderful time getting to know our little ones more.....they've surprised me so much with their lovely language, caring, engagement and love of books and songs! They had a little walk up to the daffodils with some Preschooler's and found a worm amongst the puddles and foam outside! They've mixed 'pancakes', flipped playdough pancakes, built with loose parts, read and read and read books galore as well as shown us how to do 'selfies' 🤪 Somebody (Emily T!) discovered 'bursts' too so I had 197 blurred selfies of her to contend with today 😂

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 04/03/2022

A fabulous week for Preschool.....shadows, shapes, waffles, pancakes, doctor role play, cherry pickers, puddles, bubbles, watercolour painting, writing their own stories, golf tees and team games! High levels of focus, ideas and perseverance in challenges this week! 😁🤩🥳

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 01/03/2022

Apparently it's been the 'best day ever' for Preschool!! A visit to watch a cherry picker and pancakes for snack!! 😂🥳

Photos from Tortoise Nursery's post 25/02/2022

A quiet half term where we have made full use of our 'Family vibe' and mixed together lots! The older ones have loved helping, showing and caring for the little ones :) The little ones have shown great admiration for the older children and tried new skills with confidence. We've kept things simple this week to see where children would take things and even had a stay and play in toddlers! WOW! Parents....IN THE BUILDING!! 😁🥳🥰

25/02/2022

All ready to welcome Kelly on her last shift as a Miss 🎉❤️

Forward is forward.....the speed doesn’t matter!

Are you looking for unique childcare in a small and friendly setting where childhood isn’t rushed? If so, come and meet our team of dedicated and professional staff who treat children as individuals and create an environment where they flourish and develop at their own speed.

About us!

• Privately owned by Councillor Joy Francis and opened in September 2000.

• We have an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ (2017), a Food Hygiene rating of 5 (2017), we are breastfeeding friendly and have recently gained the ‘Maths Champions’ award from the NDNA.

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