Sunhaven Childminding

Melanie Tilford - Ofsted Registered Childminder - set in Wiggenhall St Germans near Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE34.

Mini Musuem Club

This month Lynn Museum have been running a morning club for little ones every Tuesday, so today we went along to take a look. The children enjoyed some craft activities-one child made a dog and another made a cat. The morning finished with a lovely story time-Hairy Maclary from Donaldsons Dairy! 🐢🐱

Lest We Forget

The Afterschoolers were able to teach the younger ones (and myself) a lot about Remembrance Day and World War 1 as they have been covering this at school. We talked about why we used poppys as a symbol for remembering the soldiers, and they told us how they had made poppys out of plastic bottles at school and put them around the railings at The Tower Gardens in Kings Lynn. I thought this was a fantastic idea so we made some of our own, along with some Rocking Rocks and some free painting. 🌺

Scrub a Dub Dub!

Babies were the child-chosen activity this morning at Toddler group, so I extended this further in the afternoon by setting up a baby washing station. This two year old loved giving the baby a bath, washing it’s hair and tummy, and even did some impromptu mark making in the soap. Afterwards the baby was dried, dressed and put to bed. Night night! πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ

Boom Bang Fizz

This week has been all about Bonfire Night! The children have enjoyed lots of Firework themed activities, including making their own rockets and a special tasty treat-bonfire cupcakes with real mini sparklers! The after-school children have been learning all about Guy Fawkes at school so were able to tell us all about The Gunpowder Plot, and why we celebrate Bonfire Night. Bang! πŸ’₯πŸ”₯πŸŽ‡πŸŽ†

Spooky Scary Skeletons...

What a spectacularly spooky day we’ve had πŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ•·πŸ•Έ

Very Busy Bees

This lucky Mindee got to spend a whole week at Sunhaven for Half Term so we made sure we had plenty of things to do every day! She enjoyed visiting a huge Soft Play centre, with lots of climbing and sliding involved. We said hello to the fish in the Garden Centre-can you spot who we found? 🐠

We also discovered another great playpark to add to our list! What a busy week!

We went to visit a farm one day, we saw some sheep across the way...

A great day out at Church Farm to visit the farm animals. Their Half Term theme this year was The Wild West so we learnt all about how these animals were used during these times. We also got to brush a very friendly Donkey, and stoke lots of friendly sheep, and even a baby rabbit. Once we got home we decided to carry on our learning and draw our own large scale farm, and added our new wooden donkey and sheep that we brought in the gift shop! πŸπŸ–πŸ“πŸ‡

Let's Get Creative!

With Autumn in full swing it was time to start creating some display areas for the children to admire their work and look back on the things they have enjoyed doing. We went to the park and collected lots of leaves to make animal collages with, painted a giant tree to stick them on, and added conkers, pinecones and spices to some new playdough for an exciting, autumnal sensory experience. πŸΏπŸ¦”πŸ‚πŸπŸ¦‰

Small World Play

This happy little girl had a great afternoon immersing herself in small world play. She explored what patterns she could create when she pushed the sea creatures into the playdough, creating her own under the sea scene. Outside, the garden was turned into a mini farm with tiny cows and sheep being tended too. Finally, back inside a mighty battle between the β€œmonster” Hulk and brave superheroes was fought, finishing with the little girl saying sorry to the monster and giving him a big hug. Great imagination and social skills developing! πŸŸπŸ™πŸ¦‘πŸ¦€πŸ¬

Another Park!

We had a stroke of good luck and stumbled across a lovely play park, right in the centre of town! It is surrounded by beautiful green lawns, pathways and even a duck pond! We have decided to visit this wonderful place each week. πŸŒ³πŸƒ

Out and About

Autumn may be here but obviously the weather didn’t get the memo! We had a lovely morning yesterday at the park, getting some much needed fresh air and stretching our legs πŸ‘£πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Red, Yellow and Orange

Autumn is officially upon us so the after-schoolers had a busy afternoon collecting hundreds of conkers! They learnt how to read the scales and weighed them out, using their maths and writing skills to write all the measurements down. They also did some conker paint rolling and made up their own version of the classic Conkers game! πŸ‚πŸ

Our Trip to Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary

Sunhaven had it’s first big outing to Hunstanton Sea Life Centre! πŸ  We had such a great time learning about all the different fish and sea creatures. We learnt that these baby seals have been rescued and nursed back to health in special tanks until they can swim by themselves and be released back into the wild. We even got to watch the penguins be fed their lunch before having ours. Of course, we couldn’t come home without a penguin of our very own! What a day!

Nanny Dog To The Rescue

They don’t call Golden Retrievers β€˜Nanny Dogs’ for nothing!

Oakley has wasted no time in making new best friends. He is so gentle and patient with the youngest children, and is always watching out for them. 🐢

Settling In

Sunhaven is officially open and the Sunhaven babies are settling in nicely; they have been enjoying exploring the sensory baskets, play kitchen and stacking cups. We have also been able to spend some time in the garden, and can’t wait to add more exciting things to it!

The older children have been looking at colour sorting with letters, exploring natural materials, (we even found our first Rocking Rock from the village!) and doing a spot of painting.

The children have also taken an interest in farm animals so we read lots of books about farms, and went on a walk to visit the ducks that live up the road. Unfortunately the ducks must have been sleeping, but on the way we did see three horses, two dogs and one black and white cat! πŸ¦†πŸ΄πŸΆπŸ±