A slightly belated Happy New Year on our Grassroots blog... (editors New Year's Resolution - to blog more frequently)!

 

Hoping you all had a wonderful break over the festive period. The last few weeks at nursery in the lead up to Christmas were extremely busy and it was a much welcomed break for our staff (as Christmas is our only closure week). However, we enjoyed some lovely craft activities, a visit from Santa himself and an unforgetable nativity play, which took place on stage in the barn next to our donkeys! Pictures to be added to the website gallery...

We are now looking forward to planning even more exciting things for our Grassroots children, and require two more staff to help us do this!

 

We are seeking a Level 3 Nursery Nurse for our Baby Room (40 hour week over four days, Competitive Salary) - Role commencing March 2016 and also a Nursery Nurse for Summer/Bank work - Role commencing June/July 2016 - September 2016

 

Please visit our recruitment page http://www.grassrootshargrave.com/recruitment if you are interested or know anyone who may be inetrested - recommendations are always best :)
 
Call: 01933 626547 for further details.
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Parents and relatives of children are welcome to join us at 10am on Tuesday 28th July for our first Sports Day.

This small event is set to be lots of fun rather than hugely competitive and a lovely opportunity for the children of Grassroots to bring extended family to their nursery. Fingers crossed for good weather! Light refreshments will be available and the event will finish in time for the children's lunch at 12.

We look forward to seeing you :)

 

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Parents and relatives of children joined Grassroots on a fabulous toddle through the fields on Monday 20th July to raise funds for the children's charity Barnados.

As well as enjoying a beautiful walk together at Mill View Farm, the children loved showing their families the donkeys, chickens, ducks and pigs at the farm, which they visit every day.

A huge thank you goes to parents and relatives for generously donating to this worthy cause. We will post the total amount raised in due course :)

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Children will be welcomed by the colours of spring when they come to nursery on Monday, as we have planted up some of our wellie boots!

Thank you to those who donated a pair or two - you know who you are :) Much appreciated.

If anyone else has any old wellington's they no longer need... big or small, holey or whole - all welcome!

 

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It was a great day for our biggest tractor fan at nursery on Friday, as we caught up with one of the John Deere's on our farm walk.

We were just admiring our latest arrival on the farm (a new calf born last weekend) when the tractor returned from the field. With it safely parked up and a quick risk assessment completed, six excited children were able to sit in (and pretend to drive) the tractor - the chatter and smiles were something to behold! Whilst at the steering wheel children of just two years were quickly shouting "move tractor" and "beep beep" - whilst the ever impatient queue at the steps shouted back "its my tractor" and "my turn"!

As each child was carefully lowered down the steps, they rejoined the queue for another go and promises had to be made that we could do it again another day! :)

Our biggest tractor fan proudly took his picture home... here he is:

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Today at Grassroots we braved the cold wind and watched our new wind turbine being lifted by the crane... then we quickly popped to see the animals, fed the chickens, collected eggs and went inside to make windmills!

 

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In our first month of opening the doors at Grassroots, the children have explored the farm on a daily basis and have quickly come to love the outdoors and all it has to offer!

The donkeys are a firm favourite, as are the cows, which we hope will be calving soon - so more babies to look forward to welcoming :)

Dressed in our 'muddy gear' we have enjoyed many aspects of farm life... including lots of walks, cracking the ice on the muddy puddles, feeding the chickens, collecting eggs (and baking biscuits with them), as well as sledging when we had the snow. It was great fun to run in the fields and see our tracks where no-one else had walked before heading back to nursery for a warm drink and snack.

We will hopefully create a gallery page very soon for more pictures of our activities - so keep checking back or have a look at our Facebook page. :)

 

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At long last we can finally announce that WE ARE OPEN - fully registered with Ofsted and happy to welcome the children we met before Christmas.

TODAY WAS A BIG DAY - the first day at Grassroots for lots of little people and it was a delight. The staff were over-joyed to come back after the Christmas break and do what they like doing most - and to add to the excitement - our Meditteranean Donkeys arrived, so the children were able to witness first hand the benefits of being outside on the farm.

Wellie clad and with lots of jumping in puddles, our farm walk took us past the ducks and chickens, then the cows, finishing up at the donkey stable where the children enjoyed feeding them their hay tea! There were smiles all round and it was a joy to watch. Promises had to be made when it was time to head back to nursery that we could definitley see them again tomorrow!

Welcome Grassroots children and welcome 'Sassy' and 'Smokey-Joe' (mother and son donkeys) :)

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Friday 14th November 11am - 7pm

Drop-in at your leisure on Friday 14th November to see how Grassroots has been set up! Our manager, owner and new members of staff are all looking forward to welcoming you and telling you about our 'Grassroots' ethos...

• See how the children will enjoy the seven areas of learning in our purpose built nursery

• Experience the home-from-home atmosphere in our baby room

• Sample the nutritious hot meals we will be serving on our menu

• Discover how the childrn will utilise the farm/animals daily

• Imagine the fun they will have in our free-flow setup to the secure garden

And last but not least - if you wish to secure your child's place at nursery on the day of visiting... fill out a registration form, and we will give you their 'Grassroots' sweatshirt (included in the registration fee) as well as a FREE 'Grassroots' kit bag to bring into nursery when they start! :)

 

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It's been all hands on deck for the past three weeks and a lot has been achieved in this time. Inside the nursery fixtures and fittings have added the finishing touches whilst outside the builders have pressed on installing the sedum roof and cedar panelling to the entrance... fencing the secure garden area and wryly smiling at me when I ask for 'one more little addition - while you're still here'! It's all taking shape! 

The cleaners have also been, so from tomorrow we start creating our seven areas of learning and populating our spaces with all the things we have purchased (my house may even resemble my home once more by the end of half term)! There's still lots to get ready to welcome people for our drop-in open day - but the end is in sight.... It's looking beautiful and it couldn't be more exciting! 

We have to admit though we will miss some of the lovely tradesmen who have worked with us since May on this project - but in their place will be little people to welcome to Grassroots.... and we are going to have heaps of fun! 

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We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a very relaxed OPEN DAY on Friday 14th November for parents (children welcome) to come and have a look at what we have been busy setting up! It will also be a great chance for you to meet our nursery manager Gaynor Dicks and ask any questions you may have about the setting and see how we plan to use the farm and location to employ our ethos to the full.

Call in to Grassroots Nursery, Mill View Farm, Hargrave NN9 6BE anytime between 11am and 7pm on Friday 14th Nov and we look forward to meeting you.

A full list of session times and fees are now on the website (session/fees tab at the top of the site) together with a booking form for those of you who would like to secure a place. General enquiries regarding available sessions can be sent via the 'Contact Us' Booking enquiry.

 

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'Jolly Jinet' a lovely small mirror dinghy in red, white and blue was collected today and bought back to the farm so she can be installed in our nursery garden!

Imagine the voyages we will be able to have when we are not out on the farm... or the pirate adventures? Its all getting quite exciting even for us adults!

In fact it has been plain sailing for the last few weeks, with dry weather the builders have been able to progress at a good rate of knots. Inside the nuresry now has beautifully clean plastered walls and is awaiting its first coat of paint, whilst the new extension area now features a welcoming entrance area and good sized kitchen. Decisions are being made as to the colour scheme of the flooring, children's toilet area and accessories, and our new manager is busily putting together the finer details of policies, fees, session times and menus.

Whilst we still cannot advertise an opening date, we do promise to keep you posted and will be creating a comprehensive brochure to whet the appetite!

Enough of the pirate/sailing/water puns... and back to work me hearties!

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As the dry, good weather continues, as does the steady progress of building and harvest at Mill View Farm.

At first light this morning, Grassroots nursery looked much the same from the outside as it has done for the past two weeks, but within a matter of hours, roof tiles have been laid and the building has taken on a much more complete appearance. To the front of the building the parking area has been cleared and foundations have been dug for the extension, which will really alter the character of the setting when it is topped with its natural sedum roof. This new addition will house a welcoming entrance and fully equipped kitchen.

It must be said that considerable change has also taken place inside where there are now defined spaces for the different age groups, together with a managers office, toilet block and doorways to create the free-flow play areas into the garden. Work on the plumbing and electrics has also begun. Well done Meadsway!

Meanwhile work on the farm itself is in full swing as the weather allows the combines to keep rolling - and a steady flow of grain being bought back to base. As much as the garden would like it - I dare not do a rain dance yet - let the sun shine on and the progress continue! Happy days!

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Grassroots are pleased to announce that a fantastic manager for the nursery has been appointed.

Nursery owner Kimberley How commented "After meeting some wonderful candidates, some of which we hope may join our team in the coming weeks, we have chosen a highly experienced professional to lead our new venture - its all very exciting!"

Pink Recruitment in Tilbrook held the interviews, during which all the candidates displayed lots of passion and enthusiasm for their industry, although it was a real love for the outdoors which was key for this role. Grassroots wants to guarantee every member of the team not only be qualified but possess a real understanding of the ethos it wishes to deliver and it was imperative the nursery manager could lead this from the offset. Experience in managing a team, maintaining high standards and a genuine love of children and learning obviously all factored in the final decision.

Kimberley How added "As a mother of two children myself, I felt our nursery manager had to be someone whom parents and children would easily trust, talk to and like - its a big step, especially for new parents, when a child starts nursery and we want to ensure it is a home-from-home setting, where every child matters as individuals. I look forward to working with our new manager in the coming weeks to make this happen."

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progress2Work started on the nursery just three weeks ago and already the building has been through some major changes.

With a deadline of the end of September, Meadsway builders have made a racing start to creating our fantastic farm-based nursery and are 'on-schedule' according to architect Alex Bond.

With years of experience in designing schools and nursery settings, Alex Bond is certain the nursery will provide a great location for children to learn and grow, and is confident that the project will be completed on time.

Local residents have already witnessed the biggest change, with the old roof being removed an the new trusses being put in place.

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pink-logoThe response to our advert for a Nursery Manager has been exceptional and interviews have started taking place this week.

Receiving applications from local rsidents with years of childcare knowledge to professionals relocating back to the area from as far afield as New Jersey and Singapore - the enthusiasm for our exciting new venture has been outstanding.

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vinehausmedia-logoAs you can see www.grassrootshargrave.com is now online and looking fantastic thanks to Terry Rugg at VinehausMedia.co.uk.

Armed with a sketchy brief and page design by nursery owner Kimberley How, former work colleague Terry Rugg set off to create the new nursery’s website, which is hoped will keep you informed of progress and in touch once Grassroots is up and running.

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