It’s been another busy week around the company and I spent some time at our Lincoln College nursery with a photographer, trying to get some good photographs of the children at play. The old adage of never working with children or animals did spring to mind once or twice, particularly as the children seemed fascinated by Mazz (the photographer), who has the most amazing purple hair! They also loved looking right at the camera lens, very close up, complete with sticky nose and finger prints.
We usually have photographers in at least once a year for parents to order portraits, which are particularly popular for Christmas presents. However, this time it was for something rather different, as I am currently writing a book which we hope to have out next Spring, which will be a collection of recipes and activities that parents can carry out with their children. So, when you next come into nursery and see them making a lovely sticky mess with cornflour and water, or using soap flake mixture for painting with, you will be able to go home and make a similar mess! We will also be explaining a bit about child development and how you can help your child to develop language skills, improve their numeracy and generally make good progress across all areas of learning through play. Most of all it will be a fun book and we hope to have some really lovely pictures of children from around lots of the nurseries; so far we have been at Faringdon, Benson, Buckland After-School Club, Newark College, Lincoln College, The Marina and Wragby Road. An enormous thank you to the staff and children at these settings who have been so helpful and I am really looking forward to sorting through the first draft of photos in a week or so.
We’ll keep you posted on progress and will be advertising the book at all the nurseries in the New Year.