Wellside Kindergarten is located in Falkirk and is registered to provide daycare for up to 48 children from birth to those not yet attending primary school. It was inspected 07 September 2016 and received grades of ‘very good’ for care and support and ‘good’ for staffing. The inspection report noted that outdoor play and learning opportunities were excellent, management and staff were passionate about the outdoors and children were observed to have fun outdoors and be confident and independent, using natural objects to stimulate their imagination.
Outdoor fairies and pirates
Susan Adrian, Manager tells their story.
“The children were showing a great interest in Fairies and Pirates so we decided to encourage children and families to show off their creative side by hosting an outdoor Fairy and Pirate Night. The children were asked, it they wanted to, to make either a pirate ship or fairy house at home with their parents or carers and bring them into the nursery to display at the event.
Our aim was to encourage a learning link between home and nursery. There was a great response and parents welcomed the opportunity to take part. We were amazed at the standard and thought that was put into each creation. Our staff also made houses or ships to display. We had creations made from clay, recycled materials, wood, cardboard, bottles, boxes and all were beautifully decorated. Many were lit up with fairy lights and had personal touches like photographs. The children added extra touches to the event by designing tea light holders to display around the garden and enhance the magical feel that we were trying to create.
We offered hot chocolate and the children toasted marshmallows to warm us up on a cold winters night. The children enjoyed showing off their creations to their parents and carers. We were very proud of them all. We took lots of photos and shared these on our digital board. The Falkirk Herald came along and ran a nice article showcasing our houses and how we made links to 'Our Creative Journey'.
We have very supportive, engaging parents but this event allowed more parents to participate because there were elements of working with children at home. In light of this, the parents, siblings and many grandparents were keen to come along and see their creations. They enjoyed sharing the experience with the children and many commented that it was a good opportunity to see their children engage with friends and allow time for parents to network.
We feel all the children benefitted and it was nice to see sibling groups sharing the experience. Many of the older siblings who attended used to attend the nursery themselves and enjoyed being back and involved. It was a very family orientated event.
Comments from Parents:
“Just want to thank you and the staff for hosting such a lovely event! It felt really magical when we came in and it was clear everyone had made a huge effort to make the area beautiful, safe and fun! Beth's big brother (unprompted) commented today about how nice the party had been and that he had lots of fun. Thanks to all the staff for going that extra mile - it was really appreciated! Another lovely memory to store away from the nursery years!”
“It was a great idea, Susan – your patience paid off! Nice way to get lots of families mingling, and great to see the kids looking so proud.”
“I thought it was a gorgeous event and well worth with the wait with the odd snowflake falling magically upon us. So many fantastic fairy and pirate creations! Thank you all.”
“Fraser thoroughly enjoyed the fairy/pirate night, especially the marshmallows! It was great to see all the hard work everyone had put in and they were all displayed so beautifully! Thanks again for a lovely evening.”
“Thanks for organising, really nice to have the chance to see Rosie with her friends in nursery.””