HuggyBeez @ Juniors!!!

Calling all Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grannies, Grandpas & Childminders! Family workshops are now open for November bookings!
All Workshop activities are designed for you and your little one to participate in quality time together, meet new people and have fun!
Taking place in Juniors Day Care these events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Workshops include: Arts, Crafts, Music, Stories and Science. We also have special sessions coming up for parents only.

We have special themed workshops and events coming up so stay tuned!

After each fun filled workshop session you and your child can enjoy a little treat for tea!

Each workshop is indicated from a suitable age. 4 week block bookings receive 15% discount on all workshops.

£6 per child. £4 Per sibling. Parents – FREE
Minimum: 6

*Parking is limited so if you are coming as a group we also provide a pick up and drop off service. Contact us for further information!

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Calling all Puddle Parents!

Interesting term isn’t it?

Becoming a parent is a time for trying to figure out what is the best way to parent your child. Is it the way you were brought up? The way your friends and family tell you to? Or is there a book for the perfect parent that we all don’t know about? Either way, it is something we are all trying to figure out.

That is parenting – trial and error. We all need to understand that childhood is the same, we have to allow room for mistakes to happen in order to be able to learn from them and figure out solutions to problems.

A Puddle Parent is a parent that encourage their children to investigate their own thinking, promote creativity and innovation. They emphasise on the learning of Kindness and authenticity, experiences over academic scales and self satisfaction over the praise of others.

Their hope for their child’s future is based on happiness rather than success, regardless of what they end up doing as a career. That they are happy with what they have chosen in life. This doesn’t mean they just leave their child to their own devices, no, it means that they are there to support, advise and assist where they can but ultimately the choice is the child’s.

Like you, no one should be telling you what you should do unless it makes you happy, correct? You know what makes you stressed, you know what makes you unhappy or how others make you feel and vice versa. Only you can decide on whether you want it to continue or not. And I’m pretty sure the next time it happens you know what you should and shouldn’t do about it.

A Child is exactly the same. There are things in life that they will learn that promotes their daily living skills which is essentially supported by parents and everyone who cares for them. Helping them understand cause and effect to understand it fully and learn where they need to. But when it comes to their interests and passions only they can discover it and motivate themselves towards it because it is what they choose to do. All they need is the opportunity to try.

Children will gravitate towards interests that bring them happiness and that they are genuinely interested in. They will try on other things from the people around them to see if it fits them – some will stick some won’t, but at least they have a choice.

They will mess up, they will fail and they will forget things – and that’s ok, we are all human! It’s what they do about it that will build their stepping stones to learning and resilience, help them choose their own path that is not about competition but about life, empathy and the world in which we live in.

If you are a puddle parent and are looking for a 2 – 3yr old programme that might just be perfect for your tiny human contact us for us for a visit or to enrol in Juniors Urban Forest.

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Do you want to know a secret?


We are delighted to be launching our new 2 – 3 year old programme this October. We have been digging, planting and building our beautiful little forest fit for any Forest Royal!

Juniors Urban Forest has been derived from Varsity with a ‘hands on’ environmental practice.

We are focusing on children’s play through natural and environmentally friendly influences and resources; where Urban meets Rural bringing old play back into new. Who said you can’t have both!

We were never one for Adult led curriculums (as you already know) so this programme took quite some time in developing to ensure our emergent curriculum incorporated as much Child led opportunities and experience as possible without overwhelming our little ones.

We want to take this chance in reminding children of the wonderful surrounding that they have at their fingertips that they can actively investigate, embrace and learn in, whatever the weather. letting kids be kids and identifying for themselves their skills and abilities from their ideas and findings.

Areas in the forest that have been created from strong interests displayed by the children include The Forest Glade, The Mud Mess, The Tree House, Our Welcome Garden, The Dugga- Dugga, Ranger’s Workshop and much more! From this, these areas support:

Knowledge and Understanding Children develop an interest in the great outdoors and respect for the environment.  We provide opportunities for children to develop a relationship with the natural world and how this can be incorporated at home. This will help in  protecting the environment for generations to come. Whilst creating new perspectives of play and learning on an individual and group level.

Connections with nature is a beautiful thing and through a play  it helps children to grow in  confidence as a result of the freedom, time  and space they are given in their  learning. By allowing the organic flow of children’s ideas and interests with adult support empowers them to demonstrate  independence at each individual  child’s rate.

Communication and Information Retention
The sensory experiences provided by outdoor  connections helps prompt language development.  They’ll hear so many descriptive languages about what they are doing and what things are called and why; allowing their vocabulary to blossom with the experience of different environments. Not only does this improve communication skills but also has a positive  effect  on a  child’s self esteem – a crucial part of their development – and asking LOADS of questions!

Social Skills and Peer Support
Activities such as sharing tools and participating  in play help teach  the children to work together as a group, helping each other out willingly and encouraging them to teach others  which strengthens their bonds  and social interactions- especially when mud is involved 🙂

Investigation, Exploration and Discovery Allowing children to freely access natural resources  provides them with a sense of gratitude for what we have. It allows awareness and understanding that our planet provides us with all we need. Urban Forest brings their imagination to life and how they can use, change, problem solve and create from the resources that are natural and readily available. 

Participation and Concentration
High levels of interest lead to high levels of  attention. Providing unrestricted movement from indoor and outdoor is exciting for a child. The fascination of being able to embark all areas fascinates them which develops a strong will to participate and concentrate on longer play or projects, even when it’s time for home!

If you would like to know more about how to *enrol please feel free to contact us on: 02882257021 or via email:

*Spaces are limited!

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Are You Ready To Ditch The Beef For…

It’s a tough job getting children to eat healthy in our line of work, so our staff sit with the children and eat fruit during snack in order to encourage children to be adventurous in their taste buds. Did you know it takes at least 14 times for a child to try a new food before they begin to get used to it? We do!

What we do is blend down every vegetable we can to get the vital nutrients into the kids without them realising they are actually eating it. This way we do our best to ensure children are getting a variety of Power Foods throughout the day in every meal with a reduced amount of meat (even if it is organic and nitrate free).

With all of our activities and daily living skills introduced to the children the result from them picking fruit, vegetables and herbs fill us with glee. It’s so great to see children reaching for broccoli steams to put on their plates – we referred to as baby trees – and talking about where vegetables come from.

This had encouraged us 2 months ago to ensure that all lunches provided in Juniors will be Vegetarian and Vegan. Not always an easy task but we are doing everything we can to live by our core belief of looking after the well being of every child.

So why can this be difficult?

Teenagers and adults alike are able to make these decisions themselves but children are handed the food that grownups feel they should eat. Over the past 10 years many studies have been carried out on the dietary state of our children in particular  Public Health England reveals that one in ten children aged five is obese where there is the scary reality that by the time they leave primary school, this figure doubles to nearly one in five. A staggering 4.3 million of the UK’s 13 million children are overweight or obese.

With our healthy meal options; not only does this helps each and every individual child but is of great benefit to families and the environment.

 A report released by the World Health Organization warns that processed meats rank alongside cigarettes as a major cause of cancer. Elisa Allen, director of PETA UK, says: “According to the findings, 50g of processed meat a day – the equivalent of one sausage or less than two slices of bacon – increases the chance of developing bowel cancer by 18 per cent.

Eating less meat is likely to help with many areas of your health, and another one of the top benefits is you’ll be looking after your heart. “Eating foods with animal fats in is literally killing us,” says Elisa. “Coronary heart disease, which is linked to a meat-based diet, is the leading cause of death in the UK.”

The good news is that we can help prevent the majority of cardiovascular diseases simply by adopting a plant-based diet.” While diving right in and giving up meat altogether might be daunting at first, one day a week is a good start and could make you feel like you’re heading towards a healthier lifestyle. Meat production is a leading cause of climate change, water depletion, soil erosion and most other environmental problems, according to United Nations scientists. Elisa says: “Forget energy-efficient light bulbs or hybrid cars – the best thing we can do to help the environment is to stop eating animal flesh.”

Eating vegetables and grains directly instead of funnelling them through animals uses far less land and water – and that’s why the UN has said that a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from the worst effects of climate change. Who are we to argue with them? Of course, you might think one day a week won’t make much difference, but every little helps. More than half the world’s crops are used to feed farmed animals, not people. “That’s a hugely inefficient way to feed the world’s more than 7 billion inhabitants (more than 1 billion of whom currently go hungry),” says Elisa. So, you could do your bit and eat the crops directly, rather than eat the animals – it’s much more sustainable. And you’re bound to feel good about yourself by doing it.

We all try to do as much as we possibly can to reduce our carbon footprint as the impact has increasingly become a grave concern for the future of our beautiful planet. The time is now to educate our children into practices of respecting our environment as much as possible. If you’re an advocate for making a difference to the future generation it all begins with what we do – not what we say we are going to do. In keeping with our Climate Strategies and Waste Management Policy here are a few things the Juniors & The Hangout have begun: 

*Instead of buying lots of new stuff, source eco friendly resources or recycle resources to be reused.  *Turn off all appliances at the plug, nothing should be on standby!

*Wear a jumper when it’s cold or when it is warm or open a window when it is cool instead of using air conditioning: turning off the heating system when the weather is warm. 

*Eat your veggies: live stock such as cows account for some of earth’s heat trapping gas emissions –Methane. Eating more plants cuts down on the need for so much livestock.

*Close the doors: An opened door to an air conditioned building can let 22 tons of carbon dioxide escape over one summer. That’s about as much as a car on a 5,000 mile road trip! Turn off the air con and open the windows. Not closing doors properly also lets out heating that is being used around buildings encouraging people to use more heating.

 *Walk, bike or use public transport as much as you can. The 2017 report indicated the largest sector for emitting greenhouse gases came from transport. Walking or biking just 1 mile a day for a year could save 330 pounds of carbon dioxide – that’s the same as planting four trees and letting then grow for 10 years. 

*Season your fruit: try to eat most in season locally grown fruit and vegetables. This cuts down on the energy used to grow and transport food, which reduces the release of heat trapping gases.

*Ditch the plastic: not only by using reusable fabric bags but even once a week try a plastic free day that everything you use or purchase is plastic free or free from plastic packaging.  *Hang up your clothes instead of using a tumble dryer.

 *Calculate your impact on WWF carbon footprint calculator. If you know your impact you can take steps to reduce it. 

*Switch to reusable nappies and biodegradable wipes. It takes up to 500 years for a nappy to decompose because they are filled with harsh chemicals and plastics! Not only will you reduce the landfill in our areas but you will also save money, no matter how cheap the nappy is it is making a very expensive impact on our children’s future. 

 *Make an allotment even at home: not only will you be able to use your own home grown produce for your meals you will also educate your children that the earth can give back when we look after it. 

*Re-use your old coffee granules as a slug repellent for your crops in your planters- it’s organic and free from nasty chemicals!

 *Plant large patches of flowers that Bee’s love, like wildflowers and native species. Even dandelions are excellent bee plants, providing vital pollen early in the season.  White clover attracts masses of honeybees, while the longer tongued bumblebees prefer Red Clover.

 *Build and insect house in your garden! They are especially good for lacewings and ladybirds. These two species are very important in the garden as lacewing larvae and adult ladybirds and larvae consume insect pests.

*Plant trees:  lots of trees! If you are in a location like ours there are a lot of busy roads, so we plant as many trees as we possibly can to reduce the Carbon dioxide in the air which is being emitted by vehicles.

We would love to hear from how you are doing this at home with your kids; whether that’s a Plastic Free Friday or having a vegetarian day once a week. Please send in your photographs so that we can show everyone how we are working towards a better future for all children!

Pictured: Banana Blossom Burger. From Jill

‘I love hearing about all the different types of food my son gets to try when he’s at Juniors. As a busy working mum it’s really comforting to know that he’s getting good nutritious food into him throughout the day and not the same processed stuff 5 days a week. It’s one less thing I have to worry about and know that his nutrition is taken care of. The variety he gets also makes him more open to trying new foods when we cook them at home or if we are out somewhere. It’s wonderful that the staff send out the menus for the week to us because then it’s easier to plan his tea in the evenings when I know what he’s been given that day. Happy Child = Happy Mummy!’

– Klaraghkaitlyn Mulvey, Varsity Mum

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