We’ve been getting on with planting our vegetables in the Walled Garden at Gillies Hill Community Woodland this week. We’ve been planting the beans, turnips, carrots, courgettes, onions and beetroot that we sowed before the Easter holidays. So far we have filled one of the beds where the old greenhouses used to be. Next week we hope to get our raised bed planted too!
During the current pandemic the Care Inspectorate are not able to make their usual unannounced visits to inspect early learning and childcare services. To ensure quality is maintained they are, instead, sampling services and asking them to complete “Key Question 5: a self-evaluation resource and tool which will sit alongside their Quality Framework for Early Learning and Childcare when it is published later this year.
CVN were asked to complete this evaluation and we are delighted that, following its submission along with the required evidence, we have received the following feedback :
“It is clear that nurturing and warm relationships are at the heart of your values and ethos and this has ensured children feel safe and respected in your setting”
“you have made mindful changes to practice, where necessary, while also preserving the experience children know and love to help them adjust to the ‘new normal’”
“There are robust, clear and concise risk assessments in place which support everyone to understand their responsibilities in maintaining a safe environment”
“we are confident that your consistent presence during children’s experiences supports staff understanding and practice in a positive way”
We are working hard at CVN to maintain our service during these changing times and such official feedback about our practice is a welcome pat on the back #CVN #teamCVN #ELCStirling #teamELC #patontheback #workinghardinhardtimes #covidresponse #stickwithitscotland #ELCImprove
What a lovely autumn day we had today in the woods. We put up a hammock and the children enjoyed taking turns swinging in it. We made a fire and, this week for a change, cooked some damper bread over it. The children kneaded the dough before we wound it like a snack around a stick and held it over the fire. The wood was very damp so we all had to work hard to keep the fire going. We collected some wood to store which will hopefully keep a little drier for future occasions.
We have had a new table delivered and our children set to work to build it, checking the instructions beforehand and making sure they had all the pieces they needed.
We were very busy at Nursery today! We made a new sign for our garden and then went out for a walk to find some autumn treasures. We found apples, elderberries, hawthorn berries and loads and loads of brambles. We picked some and will try making some jam to eat with our bread. We also spotted some conkers on a conker tree and acorns on an oak tree. So many things to see in our countryside 👍🏻
We received our company registration certificate from Companies House this morning.