Where Christ Makes The Difference
We have completed the UNCRC Rights Respecting Setting Award (RRSA) Level 1 and have received re-accreditation. We are committed in continuing to implement all aspects of the RRSA ethos in our setting.
The aim of the award is to develop practice which is demonstrated through the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Through our involvement in the RRSA award, we have a toy cuddly unicorn called, Helpful Harri. Helpful Harri supports the children to develop understanding of how to care and respect each other, how to respect Playgroup's equipment and resources and to evaluate how thy are feeling. This award also supports the children to make independent decisions and discuss how to diffuse conflicts. Children also make and sign up to a charter, with five simple rules, supporting and enabling them to understand how to respect each other.
We have an accreditation called the "Smile Award" which promotes "healthy teeth make happy smiles". Healthy teeth are important to help children eat, talk and smile with confidence, but teeth are damaged by what they eat and drink. In promoting healthy foods, with no added sugar, little or no salt, and low in saturated fat we support children to have a balanced diet and tooth friendly diet.
In our School Preparation group, children brush their teeth after their snack. This is an initiative we are considering implementing throughout the whole setting, in due course.
We are currently participating the RHS Gardening Award. We have completed Level 3 (April 2018) and are now working towards Level 4. Our reward for Level 3 was a years supply of fruit and vegetable plants (arriving from April 2018). We now have a new raised garden bed to be able to plant these when they arrive. In previous years, the children have grown vegetables, harvested them and made vegetable soup. Children understand the importance of preparing the soil, how to care for the plants, understand the growth cycle and how to harvest their food.