Awards and Latest News

Keep up-to-date with all the latest from Fennies. Stay in touch with important announcements; get an insight into the each of our nursery settings and scroll through our recent awards.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest Fennies news, important announcements and get an insight into the each of our nursery settings


 

Mental Wellbeing: How Lockdown Can Affect Social Anxiety

Mental Wellbeing: How Lockdown Can Affect Social Anxiety

Fennies are proud of how our children have returned to nursery and settled in after the unprecedented period of lockdown. However, we have recognised that some of you may have some concerns surrounding social anxiety in your little one.

First of all, what is separation anxiety? Separation anxiety can occur when a child feels unsafe or deeply unsettled when away from their carer or parent. According to the NHS, separation anxiety mostly affects children aged 3 months to 5 years, therefore it is important that we recognise these signs when settling back into nursery life. Catriona says it is key for parents to create a feeling of consistency during this time to combat any anxieties, “keeping things as close to how they were before and making as few changes to their environment as possible is key. Having things around that are instantly recognisable and familiar to the child helps and engaging the children in these familiar things will make them calm and therefore give [a sense of] safety to the children.”

If you feel concerned that your child may be experiencing separation anxiety, some things to look out for include disproportionate stress when separated from a loved one, unwillingness to leave home and reluctance to be alone. However, this can be difficult to notice if your child is internalising their post-lockdown struggle. Parents know their own child, so it is important to trust your own judgement and not dismiss anything you may have picked up on. If you are concerned, a great way of overcoming this and initiating communication is through drawing. Catriona recommends “drawing shapes with our fingers on each other’s back and trying to guess the shape can be a good game to help this connection…the more interaction the parent can have, the more they’re going to pick up what’s bothering the child and the easier it will be for the child to either show this through play or talk about it.”

At Fennies, we are aware that some children can struggle with the initial separation from their parents or carers when beginning their journey into nursery life and therefore offer a settling in period during the child’s first week of registration. We are aware that separation anxiety may become an issue for both children and parents who were previously settled, and now must reintegrate back to nursery life. The first thing to note is that any anxiety or stress you may feel is normal and will pass. The practitioners at Fennies will be able to provide support and reassurance and aim to be as accommodating as possible.

Children who are not neurologically typical or with special educational needs may demonstrate social anxiety by regression or hyperactivity, for these children this can be an emotionally intense experience. Catriona explains that encouraging the development of fine motor skills can develop the brain and nervous system; “children will develop at different rates; they will reach their milestones in their own time. It’s so important not to add stress and pressure into this process, the more children can play with their parents, have routine, structure and consistency, the more likely their development will be unimpeded.” She recommends activities such as drawings in which the child follows lines and shapes, colouring in, balancing games and anything involving interaction with other children. “Accept that this might not be a quick process and give it a bit of time to happen, there’s no rush.”

Finally, Catriona says that it is important to note that “this is temporary, imposed and everybody has been in the same situation.” She emphasises the importance of navigating these times at your own pace as this will make children feel more solid and secure, “it’s important to be reassured that there is no rush for this and we’re all in it together.”

Fennies top tips for dealing with separation anxiety:

Emotional literacy:

How parents communicate throughout this transition can play a great role and it is important that what is spoken matches what is going on. Explain why different routines can feel scary at first but will soon become normal. It can help to share some things that you find tricky to help children realise  that how they are feeling is normal.

Bedtime:

Consistent bedtime routines can play a huge role in supporting your little one’s development and wellbeing. Limiting screen time before bed and replacing these with alternatives  such as drawing, reading a bedtime story, or playing with building blocks would be beneficial.

Developmental Play:

The curriculum at Fennies encourages developmental play but it can also be fun to incorporate this at home. Activities in which a personality is projected onto inanimate objects like dolls, cuddly toys or figures can contribute towards emotional development and encourages empathy.

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Fennies Nurseries wins at the 2019 British Business Awards

Fennies Nurseries wins at the 2019 British Business Awards

British Business AwardsThe British Business Awards recognise organisations that have made outstanding contributions within their sector. The prestigious award ceremony took place at The Royal Lancaster in London on 30th October and an array of industry leading businesses attended the momentous occasion.

With 27 years’ experience in the childcare sector, Fennies has adapted but always managed to remain a market leader by demonstrating innovative ideas. We are extremely proud to have won ‘The Better Business Award,’ which is presented to businesses that have implemented procedures to ensure that they operate more efficiently.

Following the win, Dane Hardie, Head of Commercial said “there has been a lot of stress and strain in the industry in the last 5 to 6 years and we have really adapted our business practice to ensure we can still deliver top class quality childcare.”

We take great pride in being recognised for our hard work and dedication. Our aim is to make innovative developments within the sector and our forward-thinking approach to childcare has resulted in this fantastic win.

CLICK HERE to view our interview on the night.

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Discover life at Fennies from the comfort of your own home

Discover life at Fennies from the comfort of your own home

Our children and family’s safety are our highest priority and we are delighted to be offering live online tours adhering to the governments social distancing guidelines.

Our virtual tours offer a 360-degree virtual reality view of our nursery settings, allowing parents insightful access to our facilities and resources prior to registering for a place. This is a fantastic opportunity to speak directly to your Nursery Manager who can provide an extensive insight into how our nurseries can support your family and answer any queries you may have.

 

“Since the virtual tours were launched we have seen an unprecedented level of demand. We recognise the importance for parents to experience their child’s learning environment before registering their place, and the live virtual tours make this possible,” says Head of Commercial, Dane Hardie.

Our nurseries offer wonderful spacious rooms, the highest standard of facilities and resources, alongside bespoke outdoor play areas to guide and support children’s learning and development. Alongside this, Fennies educational practice is delivered with a contemporary approach to the EYFS, supported by our Head of Education, Shanti Flynn.

Book your virtual tour today! Call 020 8770 3222 or fill in our online booking form here.

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How Fennies Day Nurseries are enhancing their PE Curriculum

How Fennies Day Nurseries are enhancing their PE Curriculum

From 15th June children will benefit from focused PE sessions led by Sasha Flynn. Sasha has recently graduated from university with a BSc Hons in Nutrition, Exercise and Health alongside being a qualified personal trainer, with a wealth of experience working as a sports coach for children of all ages. Sasha is passionate about enhancing children and adults’ lifestyles and wellbeing and is also studying for a master’s degree in counselling for children.

 

Sasha is looking forward to devising and delivering a comprehensive PE curriculum working alongside children’s key carers at each nursery, this will ensure activities are tailored to meet targets across all key areas of learning. The activities will also play a crucial role in supporting the development of children’s mental development by building upon self-confidence, self-esteem, team building skills and communication and language through activities involving taking turns and following instructions.

Fennies Oxted Nursery Manager Kerri Savage says, “Physical activity has endless health benefits for children. Not only does exercise improve a child’s overall health and fitness, but it has been scientifically proven to improve their mental health and cognitive development as well. Physical development is essential and allows the children to explore and learn new skills such as hand eye coordination, balance and enhance strength. We recognise that children need daily access to physical activity to promote fitness and expand their fine and gross motor skills. Learning this in a natural environment provides challenge and risk to their development.”

We hope you are just as excited as we are for Sascha to join the team!

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EYNP Accredited Fennies Day Nurseries Q&A with Nutritionist Janet Aylott

EYNP Accredited Fennies Day Nurseries Q&A with Nutritionist Janet Aylott

All eleven of Fennies nurseries are accredited with the Early Years Nutrition Partnership and we are delighted to share this Q&A with Registered Nutritionist, Janet Aylott.

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Fennies Day Nurseries Children Thank Key Worker Parents on BBC Breakfast

Fennies Day Nurseries Children Thank Key Worker Parents on BBC Breakfast

We are extremely proud to be able to support all key workers during these unprecedented times as we keep all eleven nursery settings open.

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