Early Years team launch new uniform

Timg_0241he Early Years team based at Freshlings Nursery have recently had a uniform upgrade which reflects their status as professional early years practitioners. The design was settled upon after a collaborative exercise involving the whole team.

As Early Years Education Manager Vicky Smith explained; “It was really important that the uniform was smart, professional yet practical enough to enable the team to carry out their duties in comfort. We are all really pleased with the result and feel that this change brings us right up to date.”

Freshlings Pre-School Children Graduate

Freshlings Nursery Graduation 2016
Freshlings Nursery Graduation 2016

The children at Freshlings Nursery celebrated leaving pre-school with a graduation party with their families on Thursday 14th July 2016.

40 children, their parents and wider family members joined the staff in a celebration event in Drakes Park which included a graduation ceremony, picnic and party games. The children enjoyed making the graduation hats prior to the event and we would like to thank everyone that was able to join us.
We wish all the graduating children all the very best for their future as they make the exciting move onto school.

Freshlings Nursery Supports Innovative South West Company

Vicky Smith, Richard Adams; Sally Marks and Kim Webster with children from Freshlings

We are delighted that children from our nursery are amongst the first to sample the innovative new Totsup Big Red Bus, a fun and interactive reward charts from South-West start up firm Totsup. As UCSP Childcare and Education Development Manager, Vicky Smith said:

“At Freshlings nursery we are very open to new ideas and love being the first to try out new products or ways of working. It was great to see how well the children responded to the Big Red Bus, particularly Elodie and William who worked really hard on their pictures.”

A huge thank you most be given to Totsup Founder Sally Marks who donated the products to the Nursery. As Sally explained:

“I have been developing the Totsup red bus over the last two years and it has undergone extensive testing as well as input from an educational psychologist and early years educators. While we now have a really good grasp of how it works in the home, we have less experience of seeing it in a nursery, so this is a great opportunity for me to get some ideas on how it can best work in a childcare environment.

My reason for donating the buses was primarily to thank Plymouth University for the support they’ve given me in getting Totsup off the ground. As a GAIN20 member I’m delighted that they were able to give me match funding to support my Crowdfunding campaign, which has been invaluable in getting Totsup to launch stage.”

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UCSP’s Early Years Education Service opens state of the art outside play area

Collaborative project results in huge improvements to the Plymouth University based nursery setting.

·        New outside play space enhances a well-established and much loved early years setting.

·        This development represents continual improvement of the service in line with up to date educational thinking and research.

018 The 10th March saw the official opening of a new outside play area in Freshlings Nursery, a sector leading early year’s education facility in the heart of Plymouth University.

The opening represents the culmination of a collaborative project involving the UCSP Early Education team, Plymouth University Architecture Students, Cornwall Based company Earth Wrights and the children of Freshlings Nursery. As early year’s manager, Vicky Smith explained;

“It is vitally important that our children have the opportunity to play, learn and develop in a safe outdoor setting. It was therefore fantastic to be able to involve them in the design process in order to ensure that the space, activities and play areas are exactly what will excite and inspire them.”

The project involved designing and building interactive play areas in a downstairs space, which is open to the air. In parallel, a cohort of Architecture students from Plymouth University conceptualised, designed and constructed an interactive outside area in the adjacent space. The funding for the project came from a Plymouth City Council Grant, matched by investment by UCSP ltd and supported by Plymouth University.012

Matt Hodson, UCSP’s Commercial Service Director said; “As a customer focussed organisation, we take huge amount of pride in the service that we offer and that extends to our very smallest customers. Seeing the children happy, relaxed, and engaged as they enjoy the new space is incredibly rewarding and gives our parents confidence that their sons and daughters are having the very best experiences on a daily basis.”

The nursery has been providing quality, OFSTED approved, childcare to the staff and students of Plymouth University for over 25 years and this development represents an ongoing commitment to the continual improvement of the service.

Chloe Rowland, a parent of one the nursery’s pre-school children said “My son and I have been watching the building progress with great interest and he is so excited at all the new things he can see have gone in down there. He’s really looking forward to being able to go in and have a play and regularly asks me when it will be finished. I think it all looks absolutely brilliant and it’s full of really interesting things for the kids to explore. I love the ‘natural’ look that comes with the use of the tree trunks, rope and sand and the inclusion of everyday objects like the milk cartons and the coloured wool in different contexts will fire the children’s imaginations. I think you’ve managed to totally transform the play area and maximise its potential on what was, let’s face it, a rather limited budget! 10 out of 10 from us!”