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Abacus offering Forest School sessions for pre-schoolers

Posted on Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 11:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Abacus Pre-School Forest School session in Savages Wood, Bradley Stoke.

Abacus Pre-School is proud to be developing Forest School sessions for the children who attend any of the Abacus settings, currently located in Bradley Stoke, Filton and Mangotsfield.

Layla, who manages Abacus @ Baileys Court, is undertaking her Forest School Level 3 qualification, enabling her to provide a six-session course for the children and their families. She passionately believes that Forest School allows children to learn through their senses, encouraging the development of strong leadership skills.

The Abacus team have been busy tidying a part of Savages Wood, Bradley Stoke so they can hold the sessions in a safe, fun outdoor environment. The children will be taught how and why it is important to look after our local natural environment, along with how to use real tools safely, whilst building camp fires for toasting marshmallows. Fun activities will include getting creative making name tags, necklaces, leaf crowns, flower presses, clay creatures and much more messy play.

They are hoping to run their next Forest School sessions after the October half-term for more forest fun. “Wellington boots at the ready! We look forward to you joining us,” says Layla.

If you are interested in more information regarding Abacus Pre-School, please call 01454 867285 or email enquiries@abacuspreschool.co.uk

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 35). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Abacus @ Meadowbrook impresses Ofsted

Posted on Thursday 12th January 2017 at 1:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Staff and children at Abacus @ Meadowbrook Pre-School in Bradley Stoke celebrate their recent 'outstanding' Ofsted report.

A Bradley Stoke pre-school is celebrating after being awarded a full set of ‘outstanding’ grades in a recent Ofsted inspection.

Abacus @ Meadowbrook, which has been established in free-standing accommodation within the grounds of Meadowbrook Primary School since 2014, was visited by an inspector at the end of November and she concluded that the quality and standard of early years provision at the pre-school is now ‘outstanding’ in all four assessment categories.

The latest result is a step up from the ‘good’ grade awarded to the setting at its previous inspection in May 2014.

In her summary of key findings, the inspector praises the manager, Amanda Lacey, for being an “inspiring and enthusiastic leader of her team” and remarks on the “highly effective relationships” that the setting has with Meadowbrook Primary, other agencies and the local community.

Communications with parents are said to be “excellent”, a factor which helps foster a partnership that “contributes very successfully to the children’s impressive outcomes”.

Children with English as a second language are judged to make “impressive progress” and the children “respect and celebrate differences and diversity”.

The environment and resources at the pre-school are said to be “excellent” and children enjoy an extensive range of learning opportunities both inside and outside the accommodation.

Reacting to the report, Abacus @ Meadowbrook manager Amanda Lacey said:

“We would like to thank all of the staff, parents and children for their continuing support. Our striving to develop and maintain relationships within the local and wider community has enhanced the children’s play and learning opportunities whilst our dedicated team continues to provide a wonderful learning environment for all of the children. Our directors and all of the staff are all thrilled with the outcome and have been enjoying the celebrations this week.”

Jon Barr, headteacher at Meadowbrook Primary, added:

“The Ofsted inspection result has made us very proud at the school. Our partnership at Abacus, since January 2014, has been about building outstanding practice. We are pleased that this has now been recognised.”

More information: Abacus @ Meadowbrook Ofsted report

This article originally appeared in the January 2017 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 15). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Pre-schoolers discover local woodlands

Posted on Friday 24th June 2016 at 8:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Abacus Pre-School woodland adventure in Savages Wood, Bradley Stoke.

The children of Abacus Pre-School @ Meadowbrook and Abacus Pre-School @ Baileys Court enjoyed a wonderfully wet morning discovering the local woodlands at Savages Wood! The children from each setting were invited along with their parents to join in some fun woodland activities, including ‘filling a bucket with woodland treasure’, musical instruments, stories & puppets and ‘bug hunts’ with magnifying glasses.

The children met with the managers from each setting and enjoyed the fun of the muddy puddles and activities taking in a long walk around the woods. The children were very lucky and were invited to join some local colleagues from South Gloucestershire Council who were building a ‘camp fire’.

The session ended with the children enjoying their milk and toasting marshmallows to make smores whilst singing songs!

Amanda Lacey, manager of Abacus @ Meadowbrook, commented:

“The staff at Abacus were thrilled with the parent participation and are hoping to provide similar activities in the future as they are keen for the children to explore their local environment and enhance their learning and play opportunities.”

Abacus Pre-School campfire in Savages Wood, Bradley Stoke.

This article originally appeared in the June 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Pre-school supports charity for homeless

Posted on Tuesday 8th December 2015 at 9:39 pm by SH (Editor)

Woolly Hat Day at Abacus Pre-School, in support of the Midland Road Homeless Project.

Abacus Pre-School is once again supporting the Midland Road Homeless Project this Christmas by collecting tinned & packet food and other essential supplies.

The Bristol-based charity provides around 80 meals per day and solely relies on donations from the public.

The Abacus @ Meadowbrook pre-school in Bradley Stoke held a ‘woolly hat day’ on 9th November, when children were encouraged to bring in an item of food and wear a woolly hat for the day in exchange for a £1 donation.

Abacus has supported Midland Road for many years and its donations are always very much appreciated. Collections will continue up until 14th December and further events are planned for next term.

Amanda Lacey, manager of Abacus @ Meadowbrook, said:

“We think that it is especially important for the children to understand the gift of giving during the Christmas period.”

This article originally appeared in the December 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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