Friday 22nd May 2020

Friday, May 22nd 2020

Today's story is the Gingerbread Man published by Mimosa Publications

Storytime with Raksha - The Gingerbread Man

Activity Nine - Making Binoculars

Have a lovely weekend, we'll see you next week.

Letter from Councillor Julian Bell

Thursday, May 21st 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

please find below a letter to parents and carers from Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council regarding the re-opening of Ealing's schools.

Letter to parents from Councillor Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council.

Kind regards, Ellie Larkin, Headteacher.

Thursday 21st May 2020

Thursday, May 21st 2020

Today's story is Mrs Wishy Washy, written by Joy Cowley and published by Penguin Books.

Storytime with Fiona - Mrs Wishy Washy

Activity Eight - Pasta Threading

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Wednesday, May 20th 2020

Today's story is Handa's Surprise written by Eileen Browne and published by Walker Books.

Storytime with Poonam - Handa's Surprise

Activity Seven - Mark making in shaving foam

Here is a video to help you with today's activity

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Tuesday, May 19th 2020

Project One - Shadow Drawings

Monday, May 18th 2020

Good morning everyone,

here is this weeks creative project, we hope you have fun making your own shadow drawings.

Project One - Shadow Drawings

Click here to see an example of something you could create

If you live locally and can walk to Greenfields, you can come and collect some chalk from us here.  Please follow the simple guidelines below to keep everyone safe.

1 - Ring the buzzer at the front gate.

2 - Staff will talk to you through the intercom - tell them that you are there to collect some chalk.

3 - The gate will open and you will see the chalk laid out in envelopes on a table.  Please only take one envelope and do not touch any of the others.

4 - Do not attempt to go inside the buidling.  Only staff and children that are currently attending can enter the building.

Don't forget to wash your hands as soon as you are finished your chalk pictures.

Have fun and don't forget to to send us photographs of your creative work so that we can share it on our website with your friends.

Creative Workshops

Monday, May 18th 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

At this point in the summer term we would usually be working on a creative project with our artists in residence Rosie Potter and Patricia Ayres that the children would initiate, plan, develop and create.  We would then usually take these projects out into the community to share with our friends and families.  Those of you that have been with us for a while may remember our Water Donkey Project and our Wonderwall Project.

We are very sad that we will not be able to bring the children and families together this year for a shared creative project, but instead we have worked with our artists and their students from Wimbeldon College, University of the Arts London, to develop a series of creative workshops that you can enjoy together with your children at home.  Each week you will be given a starting point for your project but you can be as creative as you like and develop it however you and your child would like to.  We would love it if you could send some photographs of your creations to magda.demelo@greenfieldschildren.com and then we can share these with everyone on our website gallery so that we can all see what you have been creating during this season that we cannot be together.  The students will also use the children's work as part of their project and assessments to submit to their university.

Look out for project number one which will be posted later on today.

Creative Workshops - a collaboration between students at Wimbledon College University of the Arts London and children, staff and families at Greenfields Nursery School and Children's Centre 

Warm regards

Ellie

Monday 18th May 2020

Monday, May 18th 2020

Today's story is Hippo Has a Hat written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated Nick Sharratt and published by Macmillan Children's Books.

Storytime with Raj - Hippo Has a Hat

Activity Five - Leaf Rubbings

Have a good day!!

Friday 14th May 2020

Friday, May 15th 2020

Today's story is The Very Hungry Caterpillar written by Eric Carle and published by Penguin Books

Storytime with Marie - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Activity Four - Making sculptures and models with household objects

Thursday 14th May 2020

Thursday, May 14th 2020

Our story today is Dear Zoo written by Rod Campbell and published by Simon and Schuster

Storytime with Satnam - Dear Zoo

Activity Three - Making playdough

Wednesday 13th May 2020

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

Storytime with Raksha - The Three Little Pigs

Here is another fun activity for you and your child/ren.

Activity Two - Rescue the animals!!!

Tuesday 12th May 2020

Tuesday, May 12th 2020

Today's story is I Went Walking written by Sue Williams, illustrated by Julie Vivas and published by HMH books.

Storytime with Raj - I Went Walking

The staff have also been developing some activity ideas for you so that you can have fun with your children at home while helping them to develop some early learning skills.

Activity one - Making Maracas

Covid 19 - Phased re-opening of schools and childcare

Monday, May 11th 2020

Bucket Time

Thursday, May 7th 2020

Today is our last bucket time with Paula, we hope you ahev found these videos useful.

Bucket Time Four

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend, see you next week.

Bucket Time

Wednesday, May 6th 2020

We hope you enjoy today's bucket time activity.

Bucket Time Three

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Tuesday, May 5th 2020

Today's story is Lima's Red Hot Chilli.  We hope you enjoy it.

Storytime - Lima's Red Hot Chilli

Bucket Time

Tuesday, May 5th 2020

Today Paula is back with another bucket time activity.

Bucket Time Two

Monday 4th May 2020

Monday, May 4th 2020

Today's story is Monkey Puzzle written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Alex Scheffler and published by Alison Green Books

Storytime with Marie - Monkey Puzzle

After the story you coould get active with an obstacle course, if you have a garden you could set something up outside but if not try something like the one below.

Indoor obstacle course

Have a good day!!

Bucket Time

Monday, May 4th 2020

Good morning everyone,

If you have children that have social communication difficulties you may have heard your keyworker talking about 'bucket time'.  Bucket time is an activity that we do everyday with some of the children at nursery and this week Paula will be sharing some videos with you to help you do bucket time at home with your children.

These videos are for you to watch each day with your child.  Your child will enjoy the familiar activity with Paula and you can learn how to do it so that next week you can do it by yourself with your child.

We hope you find them useful, here is bucket number one.

Bucket Time One

We will be back tomorrow with bucket number two.

Foodbank

Friday, May 1st 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

If you have not been affected financially by the Covid 19 crisis and are looking for ways to help others, Greenfields are working closely with the Ealing foodbank to support vulnerable families.  We have referred a number of families to the foodbank to help them to feed their families during this time and are acting as a donation point in Southall.  As you can imagine the demand for this service is very high at the moment and any donations that you may be able to make would be very gratefully received.  Greenfields is open for donations on a Mon, Tues and Thurs 11am-2pm.  We will then arrange for these to be delivered to the main foodbank centre in Hanwell. Please follow the link below to find a list of foods that are currently needed and your closest donation point.

I am so grateful to be working in such a kind and caring community at this time, I hope you are all keeping well and safe and I look forward to seeing you all as soon as it is safe to do so.

Warm regards

Ellie

Foodbank Donation List

Friday 1st May 2020

Friday, May 1st 2020

Our story today is Owl Babies written by Martin Wadell, illustrated by Patrick Benson and published by Walker Books.

Storytime with Kimrit - Owl Babies

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Thursday 30th April 2020

Thursday, April 30th 2020

Today's Story is Handa's Surprise written by Eileen Browne and published by Walker Books.

Storytime with Marie - Handa's Surprise

When you have finished you could make a fruit salad or fruit kebab with some of the fruits in the story or why not try some of these water play ideas.

Water play activities

See you tomorrow

Ellie

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Wednesday, April 29th 2020

Good morning children, 

today's story is Ten Play Hide and Seek written by Penny Dale and published by Walker Books, we hope you enjoy it.

Storytime with Paula - Ten Play Hide and Seek.

When you have finished the story maybe you can play a game of hide and seek with whoever is at home with you and don't forget to get outside while it is dry!!!

Friday 24th April - Going Outside

Friday, April 24th 2020

Dear parents and carers,

during our telephone conversations with you, some of you have been telling us that you and your children have not left the house since the lockdown begun.  This is concerning, as staying inside all of the time can have a negative impact on your emotional and physical well being.

Government guidance says that we can go out once a day for exercise as long as we follow the social distancing guidelines and keep more than two metres away from anyone that does not live in our household.  We can also go to the shops to buy essential items such as food and if you have nobody else to look after your child you can take them with you.

Some of you may know our friend Dr Jenny Watson a GP and member of St John's Church in Southall.  Please watch her video by clicking on the link below where she explains how you can stay safe while going out for exercise.

Dr Jenny Waston - Going outside during the Covid-19 lockdown.

I hope this will reassure you and help you to feel more confident in taking some daily exercise.

Yours Sincerely,

Ellie Larkin

Friday 24th April - Storytime

Friday, April 24th 2020

Our story today is Cheeky Monkey by Anastasiia Drakova, Rosalind Jenner, and Templar Internal Design.

Storytime with Paula - Cheeky Monkey

After the story you could make your own puppet from paper or an old sock and make up your own 'Cheeky Monkey' story.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Tuesday, April 21st 2020

Today we have a story from a friend at another Children's Centre.  We hope you enjoy it.

Today's story - Cave Baby

You can find more activity ideas as well as advice and guidance on the Family Information Service facebook page: 

Ealing Family Information Service Facebook Page

You can also follow the links below to some guidance from the Department for Education with some useful ideas for activties you can you do at home to support your child's learning.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-children-aged-2-to-4-to-learn-at-home-during-coronavirus-covid-19

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/

Remember that we are here to help you so if you need anything please call us on 020 8813 8079 or email admin@greenfieldschildren.com or head@greenfieldschildren.com

Monday 20th April

Sunday, April 19th 2020

Good morning, we hope you had a good weekend and are all keeping safe and well at home.

Today's story is 'Ouch I Need a Plaster' written by Nick Sharratt and read with permission from Scholastic Limited.

Storytime with Paula - Ouch I Need a Plaster

After the story you could choose one of these activities to support your child's fine motor skills.

Early Start Fine Motor Activities

Have fun.

Friday 17th April

Friday, April 17th 2020

Good morning everyone,

Kashia is reading our story today - Brown Bear, Brown Bear written and illustrated by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle

Storytime with Kashia - Brown Bear, Brown Bear.

Here are some more songs with Paula to.

Songtime with Paula

Have a lovely weekend

Ellie

Thursday 16th April

Thursday, April 16th 2020

Today's story is In the Tall, Tall Grass by Densie Fleming and is read by Indy.

Storytime with Indy - In the Tall, Tall, Grass.

This is another story about animals so you could try some more animal movements today.

Here is a receipe for making playdough, you could make some animals from playdough to add to your Zoo that you made yesterday.

Playdough receipe

See you tomorrow......

Wednesday 15th April

Wednesday, April 15th 2020

Today's story is a nursery favourite - Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and read by Samina.

Storytime with Samina - Dear Zoo.

After the story maybe you could try moving like each of the animals, for example; can you stomp like an elephant with a long trunk or slither on the ground like a snake?  Maybe you can hop like a frog or run on all fours like a lion?

Once you have worn yourself out moving like animals you could make your animal zoo using old boxes, paper or sticks from outside.  Have a look at the picture below to give you some ideas.

Make your own zoo

Have fun

Ellie