Spring 2023 Highlights

We are excited to have started our Curiosity Approach Accreditation and are working with parents to enhance the happiness and creativity of their children at nursery. Our first module is on the nursery environment and we are hoping to add to our wonderful, homely and inviting environment. Parents are helping us to add loose parts, real and recycled materials and role play items such as hats, bags, phones, kitchen equipment and utensils. 

The awful news of the earthquakes which caused devastation in Turkey and Syria inspired Little Lancing to play their part and to try to make a difference. Children and staff wore black, red, green, white or stars (the elements of the Turkish and Syrian flags) and made small donations towards The British Red Cross who will be working closely with the Red Crescent in Turkey and Syria to provide immediate response to those in need. We were proud to have raised just under £100. 

The children always love being creative and had fun making Valentine’s Day cards for their loved ones and this year was no exception! We had a wonderful day celebrating how important family and friends are and thinking about ways to make others feel happy. The children spoke a lot about their loved ones and shared stories of how they celebrate Valentine’s Day in their family. 

We celebrated World Book Day with a colourful array of Superheroes, Caterpillars, Pirates and even a Tiger and Caterpillar or two! It was lovely to see the children sharing their favourite stories and borrowing books to take home from the Little Lancing Book Library. 

Some of our Preschool children had a wonderful time visiting Lancing Prep Hove for a ‘Mini Music Maestro’ session. The children enjoyed making their bean shakers and we were delighted to receive the following feedback from Kirsty Keep, Head Mistress of Lancing Prep Hove, ‘I take great pride in the fact that the children at preschool here are the best behaved and most engaged children I ever meet, but today Little Lancing Preschool children have blown my socks off! They are confident, comfortable children who show all the skills they will need when it comes to head into Reception, and I can see why you are so very proud of them. My sincere thanks for bringing such lovely children to join our Mini Music session. We hope to see you again very soon.’ 

Preschool children have been learning personal privacy with the help of the NSPCC initiative ‘Talk Pants’ featuring the friendly dinosaur ‘Pantosaurus’. This is a simple conversation to help children to understand that their body belongs to them and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. This is another initiative we have shared with parents, so that together we can help keep our children safe. 

Our Forest School provision has developed considerably and is now fully embedded for Preschool in the mornings. Activities included toasting marshmallows and making hot chocolate. Recently children been making shelters, bird feeders and homemade candles, embarked upon a dragon scales treasure hunt and made popcorn with a ‘magic wand!

With Easter, and hopefully warmer weather approaching, the children are looking forward to exploring the signs of Spring arriving.