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West Wickham Gallery

Sports Day July 2015

Thank you to everyone who stayed to cheer on the children at this years sports day! It was a huge success; even the sun joined us! Huge congratulations to all the children who took part. You are all well deserved winners!

The children at West Wickham Village Nurseries enjoy a wide variety of both inside and outside activities that support the EYFS.


The parents enjoyed a wonderful morning at our West Wickham pre-school, they were invited to our morning ‘Stay and Play day’. The pre-school was set up with a wide variety of activities that supported children’s physical development in particular promoting their fine and gross motor skills. Parents enjoyed taking part in the different activities with their children, and gained an insight into how children’s physical development is promoted in the setting in preparation for pencil control and writing.

Imaginative Play

The children used recycling materials to build a Water Wall. They enjoyed pouring water through the shapes, watching the way the water flowed.

Junk Modelling

The children made a dinosaur from different resources, incorporating 3D shapes. Using imaginative play they were able to choose the materials needed and set about gluing the dinosaur together.

Our Christmas Nativity 2014

Our Christmas Nativity 2014 was once again a huge success and we are very proud of all the children who put on a wonderful show.
Well done to you all!


Another of our very successful Stay and Play Days! Many thanks to all the parents, grandparents and carers who came to support the children with their continued learning. We all loved exploring and making an incredible mess….. But….


Squish! Slosh! Plop! Children don’t mind getting dirty. Water, sand, finger paint, foam, cornflour, play dough and clay—these are all favourite play materials. Adults, on the other hand, are sometimes unwilling to make these materials freely available. After all, they are messy. They involve lots of cleaning up. And children don’t really need to make such a mess, do they? The answer may be that children need to make a mess more than we may think. Messy play has many benefits for children.

Children are active learners. They learn through play. Play allows them to make sense of the world around them. Through play, children learn to make choices, solve problems, and make plans. Learning processes grow and concepts develop. Play makes learning exciting and interesting. It ensures that children remember what they learn. Messy play is particularly attractive because it stimulates many of children’s senses at once and because of the variety of materials available.

Messy play is a wonderful learning experience for children. It offers rich sensory experiences and builds self-esteem, confidence and enhances communication and language skills. Messy play materials can be used many ways. There is no “right” way to enjoy them. Messy play stresses the joy of the moment, not the product that results. Children feel successful and gain a sense of control. Messy play is good for children. So come on....

Get Stuck In!!


Cognitive Development

Children further develop their problem-solving skills each time they determine how they will use materials and objects: How do I make the shaving cream blue? A young child can gain a greater understanding of cause and effect: What happens when water is added to dirt? Children develop maths skills such as size, counting, matching, classifying and sorting, more/less, full/empty, sink/float.

Social and Emotional Development

Sensory play provides children with the opportunity to feel good about the choices they have made. They take pride in predictions, make observations, and learn to cooperate with the group when they are working side by side with other children. Most children love messy play and pounding play-dough, squishing mud, feeling water run through their hands are all ways of staying in contact with feelings while learning to control what to do with them.

Physical Development

Sensory play reinforces and provides practice with fine-motor skills and coordination; pouring, measuring, whisking, stirring, shaking, etc. Children learn to control their bodies as they accomplish tasks. Gross motor skills are honed as children explore with hands and feet.

Language Development

Messy play brings new language to children, and gives them fun experiences to talk about with each other or trusted adults in their lives. Messy creative play builds on children's language development introducing them to new exciting words.

Literacy Development

Pre-writing skills are developing as they pour, grasp, and practice hand-eye coordinated tasks while using the materials and tools.

Creative Development

Messy Play provides plenty of process-driven opportunities. When a child uses creative thinking skills and express their creativity without worrying about a finished product, they continue to build their self esteem and confidence.

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