Looking back…and forwards

It’s that time of year to reflect and look back. As I finished work for the week on Friday, I just thought “I (still) love my job!”

l’m incredibly lucky to have two brilliant teams at Millies and Sparkles Pre-Schools. We have had another successful year with fabulous children and supportive parents.

The great thing about a blog is that you can look at what you’ve been doing, what’s improved, and what’s changed. Just when we thought we couldn’t get any messier, we of course did. I was influenced by Alistair Bryce Cleggs training and changed some of the things we do. Getting children to make their own dough….well we haven’t achieved it this term, as children lead the ingredient amount, we’ve made goo. But the children are getting the idea now of how to correct the goo, and occasional balls of dough have occurred! It’s all about the process.



We have encouraged children to be more experimental. Creating challenges  for children is fun and helps to achieve next steps. Here we are experimenting with colour mixing with pippettes and kitchen roll. Even the ducks are enjoying it!


We started home play bags to link our learning with home. 45 zip lock bags with goodies to help children’s learning. (See previous blog post). A simple instruction sheet included to encourage learning through play at home.

To round our year off, we had some fantastic team training from Laura Henry, (Separate blog for the new year). Huge impact too, reducing paper work, improving child centeredness (? a word!). It has shifted the mood of the whole team to a higher place! I’m sure there’s a song in there somewhere! Thanks Laura.

Just a few of the changes we have made to make our year successful! Looking forward to the next one.

I wish all my blog readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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