Summer Fayre 16th July 2016

We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came to our summer fayre! We really appreciate all your support. The weather was very kind to us (thank you to everyone who kept their fingers tightly crossed!!) and the sun shone for the duration of the fayre. Lots of burgers and crepes were eaten, bottles and toys were won and faces were painted… It was great to see current parents having a chance to stop and natter with their friends and to welcome back several old Jolly parents and also say hello to lots of our new September starters too.




13770308_10154762936255139_6522416140192002313_nIt looks like we have raised almost £800 this year. So each room will be given £130 to spend on new resources for their room. The children will be heavily involved in the decision making process and we will then post updates as rooms decide what they are going to go for… Exciting choosing ahead!!

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way, shape or form, whether they baked, donated toys/bottles, spared some time to man a stall, or simply enjoyed a burger and a beer/cuppa in the sunshine.

We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did… Xxxx ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

Our school leavers’ trip to the train museum – 7th July 16

We would just like to say thank you to our lovely ‘BIG’ school leavers who made our trip to York Railway Museum such a BRILLIANT one. It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to spend the day with them all and we are so proud of each and every one of them as they were so well-behaved, so interested in everything and so happy and excited all day long! We don’t quite know where they get their energy from… Everything ran perfectly and every train was on time, we had fantastic snacks and a great packed lunch and all the exciting things to do kept us fully entertained.
No doubt parents will have heard every detail, but some highlights from the day were; finding the 100 year old kitchen on a train, travelling on the mini train and the driver whizzed us around twice, watching a puppet show with cheeky Mr Punch and Judy (and a crocodile!), trip-trapping over the bridge, playing on the park, standing next to enormous trains and looking at their numbers, colours and shapes and we all loved the gift shop of course. All this as well as games of ‘I spy’ on the four actual trains we travelled on…
We are sooooo proud of them all and we know that with their sense of adventure, confidence, inquisitive nature, interest and happiness and fun, they are all ready for the next stage of learning within school and are ready to spread their wings and fly….
Choo, choo, clickety-clack, clickety-clack……….. xxxx






Our 2016 Teddy Bears’ Picnic with our friends from Woodlesford School Nursery





Today, Wednesday 22 June 2016, we all walked up to ‘BIG’ school with our teddy bears as we were meeting up with our friends from Woodlesford School Nursery.  They had their bears too and together we all had sooooo much fun.

We played on the tyres in their school grounds and our teddies were almost as good at jumping off them as we all were!  We listened to the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and we were so clever as we joined in with all the repetitive parts and we were great at sound effects too!  After the story we split into three different groups and we all took part in different activities.  We played parachute games with our teddies and we also used the ‘pea pod’ to play ‘pea pod pressed!’.  Our teddies flew high in the air as they ‘zoomed to the moon’.  We also loved waving at our friends as we lifted the parachute in the air and looked underneath it like a tent.

Another group went on a bear hunt through the environmental garden, we pretended to squelch through mud, fight our way through the long, wavy grass and keep a look out for the bear who was hiding from us.

All this was occurring whilst the last group took part in craft activities where we made rubbings with crayons to reveal a bear, we drew our own bears and showed how clever we were by cutting out bears to stick on a headband.

After all the groups had had a turn at each activity we all sat down to eat with our bears.  We had a yummy picnic and we chatted away happily with our friends.

It was such a fun morning and, as one little girl said spontaneously on the walk back, ‘It was great!’  We waved a cheerful goodbye to our school nursery friends and thanked them for letting us come and explore their fab school grounds.  Then we walked an exhausted walk all the way back down to Jollies.

All the Jolly grown-ups were beaming as we had made them so proud as we had listened carefully, walked sensibly, played beautifully, been so friendly and polite and our teddies had been extremely good too – as they must have been following our excellent example!!


Woody Bear Arrives in Woodlesford…

Woody Bear Arrives in Woodlesford…


If you go down to Woodlesford today you’re in for of a big surprise…

We had a wonderful morning on Friday 17 June 2016 welcoming ‘Woody Bear’ into his new spot across the road from Jollies. He arrived in style on the back of a van and a tractor lifted him into his position for the summer. We were all so excited and we clapped when he was in his new habitat! We waved excitedly as we watched it all happen and we thanked the Woodlesford in Bloom team for making the village so lovely for us all to enjoy. It was a very, very exciting morning and we shall be keeping a close eye on Woody from our nursery windows! Mummies and daddies don’t forget to give him a wave when you arrive at nursery and collect each day as Woody Bear is looking forward to making lots of jolly new friends over the summer…

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Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration (Our Royal/Footie Afternoon Tea Party!!)

On Thursday 16 June 2016 we had an afternoon tea party at nursery to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.  We decided to hold our celebrations after the official events had occurred over the weekend as we hoped that this would make it all the more meaningful for our children as many would hopefully have watched (and chatted about) some of the things occurring and how this was a very special birthday.  On this day everyone came in wearing red, white and blue and they all looked fabulous!

Our party had a double focus as it was a Queen’s afternoon tea combined with a footie party!!  England were playing Wales and we wanted to cheer on the teams and get sporty too.  We had goalposts around the area, we kicked and passed balls, we lined up and did a celebratory conga outside cheering our support for the teams as we listened to the commentary live on the radio.  Our children had a mixture of crowns and flags painted on their faces as we all got into the royal/footie spirit.

We congregated in our garden area together under red, white and blue bunting and sat on our royal blankets as we had our afternoon tea party.  We had sandwiches (not cucumber ones!!), carrot and cucumber sticks, slices of pizza, sausage rolls, crisps, fruit and cakes – it was a party after all!  We sang ‘Happy Birthday Your Majesty’ and chatted happily together with our friends.

The most marvellous thing was that the sun shone down on us just as we were all eating and this was entirely unexpected as thunderstorms were predicted.  It was a lovely afternoon as we celebrated together in the sunshine…  Thank you to all our children, parents/carers and staff team for all your support.  You looked terrific and all made such an effort on this special day as you took part in the wide range of activities that were occurring.  We even had our very own Jolly Queen as Megan opted to dress not in red, white and blue, but as Her Majesty herself…






Jolly Building!!

Today we have been super excited to take delivery of some new outdoor building bricks.  These have been purchased with last year’s summer fayre money (along with our heuristic shed, our new writing area and other changes that have recently been made too).  The children have already enjoyed stacking and creating as they have played cooperatively together to build, build, build…  We have also had an outdoor mirror delivered so our role-playing princesses, pirates, fire-fighters and other characters can admire themselves and check that they are looking gorgeous!!  This will be put up as soon as we can arrange for ‘Bob’ (Ed… Sian’s hubby and our handy man) to come and visit…  EXCITING!!DSCN1642 DSCN1643 DSCN1645 DSCN1662 DSCN1664 DSCN1635

Great garden makeover!


On Saturday some of the Jollies staff team set about re-vamping the outdoor areas. We bought and built new storage sheds to house heuristic and mark-making materials for all our children to enjoy whilst they are playing outside.


We moved our existing mud kitchen to a new home on the decking at the bottom of the garden, giving it a facelift….a lovely sink, and new pots and pans!  Mud pies here we come…


We had a huge clear out of our outdoor store and re-arranged some of the resources under our canopy in a new ‘Movement Area’, encouraging our children to explore all the equipment when they come outside to play within a dedicated space!
















IMG_9883Exciting ‘smaIMG_9859ll world’ (imagination) tyres of diggers, dinosaurs and fairies!  Weaving stations set up to develop fine motor skills……


Jollies just got brighter!

On Monday 25 April our long awaited new uniform finally arrived… It has taken months to organise and get ordered as the staff team went through much deliberation as they trialled colours, sizes and types of clothing.

Finally the consensus was that hoodies were to replace the traditional jumpers that we had always had as people felt these were more modern and more comfortable/practical to wear.

The traditional blue was to be replaced by each team member’s choice of colours for both polo shirt and hoodie.  The only thing we asked was that the colours went together… No clashes as we couldn’t bear it on our eyes!!

People selected their colours and sizes and ‘fits’; some preferred the ‘ladies fit’, some the ‘mens’…

We decided the name badges had to go as they were too easily knocked off or pulled by little hands and so instead we were to have our names embroidered on our shirts and hoodies so all can read easily.

The new rainbow uniform arrived in time for us to start wearing it on Monday and this was very timely as many of Team Jolly had given up their time on the Saturday before this as we had wanted to have a good tidy, paint of walls and paintwork and after donning power tools on Saturday as we sanded, painted and cleaned (‘Bob’ would have been proud of us!!) it felt just right that our new uniform arrived after we had spent the weekend working as a team to make the building even brighter too!

The response from our children has been phenomenal as they have shown off their fabulous knowledge of colours as they have excitedly discussed what the jolly grown-ups are all wearing and we love the brighter, individual feel that the uniforms have.  You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled and see if you can tell us which colour hoodie is the most popular?!  How about the polos?!

Next Saturday the great garden overhaul commences… Watch this very exciting space.  Mind you we’ll probably be wearing our old blue Jollies tops as scruffs as we tidy, build and create!  Exciting times ahead and massive thanks to our Jolly Team for all their hard work and dedication.  There’s no team quite like our Jolly Team and for this we are eternally grateful.


Easter Parade 2016

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We had our annual Easter Parade on the 23rd March. We walked around to our butchers and sang them some Easter songs and then the younger children went to the park for a cheeky biscuit. The older children then went to our local residential home, Midland House to sing to the residents and to judge their traditional Easter bonnet contest x

World Book Day 2016

We love a good opportunity to dress up at Jollies so we love annual World Book Day!!! We dress up, read our favourite stories and re-enact what happened in them too. We had such good fun x

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