2016 Chuckle Bunnies Are Ready For School!

The children at Chuckle Bunnies Day Nursery and Preschool – Swadlincote are ready for school and are celebrating!

Please do scroll down this page – there are a lot of photos and also a number of special videos!

It’s always a sad but exciting time when our older children leave Chuckle Bunnies to start at big school. The great part is we know that they are all very well equipped to make the most of the opportunities and challenges that are to come.

Emma Cotton, Nursery Manager said, ”It’s been great celebrating the successes of the children. Many of them have been with us since they were babies. It has been marvellous to see them grow and develop. It’s also sad to know they are leaving, but it really feels a privilege to have been part of their lives and provide them with the best possible start!”

As can be seen below they are jumping for joy!

They were all so pleased and proud that they didn’t just want a group photo – they wanted individual ones as well! Well, how could we say no? We feel their characters really came through.

The children all were given certificates that showed and confirmed they were “School Ready”. This wasn’t just a rubber stamp certificate – they only received it because we felt they were “School Ready”!

So what is “School Ready”? A very good question!

It’s a term that Ofsted and the EYFS have brought in. Some people love the term, some people hate it. But to be honest, if one just looks at it as “Being Ready for School” then it doesn’t sound so scary! Indeed we’ve always seen that as our aim in life. To help and support the children who attend the nursery to achieve what they are capable of and what they can. So, if this means they are ready to read then we will help them to do this. If they like running around, we will help them to do this to the best of their ability – but also to help them to learn that there is a time and a place for it.

We believe that if your child left us and couldn’t settle into school quickly and wasn’t confident in their new surroundings, we would have let them down. The certificate has on it the basics, but we felt that people would like to share in what the certificate showed. So we took some videos and because people can’t believe that we have children who can read before going to school, we’ve taken some short videos of them doing just that!

We hope you’ll enjoy the photos and videos. We are so proud of all of the children and wish them all the success for the future! They deserve it!!!!

08/08/2016 Ay Up Me Duck Fund Raising at Chuckle Bunnies Swadlincote

The children at Chuckle Bunnies Day Nursery and Preschool – Swadlincote held a week of fund raising to raise much needed funds for NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society)

Emma Cotton would like to say a big thank you to all the parents for their fantastic support as nearly £300 was raised for the charity.

Throughout the week there were many activities taking place. The children baked and decorated cakes and biscuits which were then bought. They were of course eagerly eaten! Children celebrated different dance styles on Bunnies Boogie Day.

There was also a raffle with prizes very kindly donated by local businesses which we again would like to say thank you for. Also a guess the number of sweets in the container – very popular!

And finally there were different forms of duck race which the children loved. We hope you like the photos we took on the day.

22/04/2016 Princes, Princesses, St George and a Dragon

The children at Chuckle Bunnies Day Nursery and Preschool – Swadlincote held a Prince and Princess themed day to celebrate St.George’s Day.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the action packed day, taking part in different superhero activities, making a large dragon together and acting out being knights and princesses. They also learned about some historical aspects of St. George.

Emma Cotton, Nursery Manager said, ”It’s been a great day. The children have really entered into the spirit of things, coming to nursery in wonderful outfits, dressing up as knights, princesses and dragons. They were very proud of the large dragon that they made, being very eager to show their parents.”

31/03/2016 Sleepy Bunnies at Chuckle Bunnies Swadlincote

The children at Children at Chuckle Bunnies Day Nursery and Preschool – Swadlincote were over the moon today as they celebrated National Bed Month by holding a Pyjama Party on Thursday 31st March 2016.

The 45 children aged between 6 months and 4 years wore their favourite pyjamas to nursery. The day was to celebrate National Bed Month and to educate the children about the importance of rest and sleep.

The little sleepy heads had lots of creative fun designing their own pyjamas, weaving a blanket whilst discussing their sleep routines. The children sang bedtime lullabies and played the sleeping lions game.

Emma Cotton, Nursery Manager said, “The day was great fun and a tremendous success. There has been lots of giggles as the children saw staff in their pyjamas too. There has been lots of different activities for all the children to get stuck into including snuggling up for stories under a duvet.”

30/03/2016 Bunnies in their own supermarket sweep

The children and staff at Chuckle Bunnies Day Nursery, Swadlincote went on their very own supermarket visit on Wednesday 30th March 2016.

8 of the pre-school children aged 3 and 4 years put on their coats and went out into the community to their local supermarket. The children had previously discussed what they would buy and wrote their very own shopping list so they wouldn’t forget.

On their travels the children’s questions flowed as they asked what road signs meant and practised their ‘Green Cross Code’ when crossing roads.

The children bought items to make chocolate nest cakes and also items to tickle their taste buds so that they would learn more about the various tastes we are able to detect: i.e. salty, bitter, sweet and sour.

In the afternoon the children got deliciously messy as they created their chocolate nest cakes and wowed parents as they showed off their cookery skills when they took the cakes home.

Emma Cotton, Nursery Manager said, “The trip was a great success. There have been so many learning opportunities along the way and it was great to see the children out and about.

16/03/2016 Tails Wagging With Excitement at Chuckle Bunnies Swadlincote

The children at Children at Chuckle Bunnies Day Nursery and Preschool – Swadlincote have been going barking mad as they raise money for a local Guide Dog charity on Wednesday 16th March 2016.

The 45 children aged between 6 months and 4 years turned up ready for a treat of a day in their doggy outfits to raise money for the blind dogs. The children had bags of fun with a range of activities from hunting for their bone, to doggy obstacle courses, which the children really got stuck in with. There was also a special visit from someone from the dog’s charity to talk to the children.

Emma Cotton, Nursery Manager said, “The day was an amazing success, the children had lots of fun getting into the role the role doing doggy rolls and the older children were fascinated learning how the dogs helped the blind. There were lots of giggles as children took part in the doggy agility course and as they led one another blindfolded around the nursery. We are very grateful for the parent donations and the effort they put in to create wonderful costumes. With our best paws forward we were able to raise money for this wonderful local charity, which a previous parent of the nursery has set up.”

One of the Photographers from the Burton Mail came and took lots of photos of all involved. Below is a photo of the Story in the Burton Mail and then some of the photos which we took at the time. We hope you enjoy them.

14/01/2016 Baking Day at Chuckle Bunnies Swadlincote

At Chuckle Bunnies Day Nursery and Preschool in Swadlincote we held our very own Great Bunny Bake Off. It was held on 14th January 2016 and children and staff got really onto the spirit by dressing up as chefs and bunnies.

We all celebrated traditional baking as various groups within the nursery decorated a cake for parents to judge. Children also decorated yummy individual cup cakes to take home. They also tasted their work later in the day … some a little earlier as their taste buds just couldn’t wait!

The day was lots of fun and involved much laughter. The children had lots of fun getting creative and decorating the cakes. One of the Photographers from the Burton Mail came and took lots of photos of all involved.

Below is a photo of the Story in the Burton Mail and then some of the photos which we took at the time.

We hope you enjoy them.