Scarning Little Owls Open Day
I remember being a new mum and someone mentioning to me if I had put Elijah’s name down for a nursery. I panicked I hadn’t, and I didn’t even know where to start. A couple of mum friends quickly came to the rescue and recommended Little Owls. A phone call, a tour round and the rest is history.
For the last three years when ever I have heard or seen someone ask for a recommendation it isn’t long before Little Owls has left my lips and I am certainly not the only one with the strong social media presence from the parents of the nursery on local community boards.
It wasn’t a surprise to me at all when they announced a new Little Owls Nursery would be opening in Scarning, they could take more children and give them the wonderful experiences they have for so many of the children who have attended and currently do so at the Toftwood setting.
On Saturday 16th June 2018 not content with the traditional walk around tour Little Owls decided to open it’s doors to the local community and prospective parents and host an open day at the Scarning nursery and show everyone the hard work they have put in to make this a truly outstanding setting to go alongside it’s neighbouring sister in Toftwood.
New prospective parents that were interested in coming to view the nursery as well as existing families were all invited along for a morning of fun, activities and getting to know one another. Little Owls managers are themselves working parents and know how hard it can be to get time of during the week so they specifically chose a Saturday so, those who don’t normally get the opportunity to attend could come along for the fun too!
The new Tawny Owl baby room was bustling with little people who may soon be joining the room, and parents got to experience first-hand what the facilities were like and the dedication of the staff who gave up their Saturday to make the day even more special.
It can be really daunting to go round and view a nursery or school but to do it in a where there are other parents, with similar aged children that you can chat to makes the environment even more family like and welcoming.
There was no option for the small members of the family to get bored while you asked questions with the number of activities being put on in each room. Staff really went the extra mile to make the morning as fun as it could be with refreshments being served as well!
Each room had a different activity, as well as treasure hunts to complete which took you around the full setting so you could take in everything and even earn a medal! Each family got a handout with the activities on offer and ones that they could try for themselves at home. They included; Tawny Owls; Hand printing alongside a poem which the parents could take away as a memento from the day. Snowy and Barn Owls had cake decorating, scented play dough, owl craft collages and lots of table top activities for the children to get their hands stuck into.
Face painting, and community feel den building also gave it the feel of a traditional family fun day too!
It was a unique event put on by Little Owls Nusery to make the parents and children feel at ease whilst they make the all important decision of where to send their children to nursery. It brought parents together who may not have met otherwise as well as giving the children a chance to interact with one another and get to know their potential new keyworker and nursery.
Perfectly timed just before Father’s Day, with the fun the families had and the success of the open day I have a feeling this will be the first of many bespoke events the nursery holds for the community of new and existing parents of both Little Owls Nurseries.