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Summer term ends 20th July for funded and term time only children. Autumn term starts 3rd September.
Reminder! – Please can we remind all parents to bring in sun cream and sun hats as the weather is getting warmer.

My little girl’s first day at Childsplay was at the age of 5 months and she leaves in a couple of weeks to start her big school journey! There is no doubt in my mind that she is more than ready for the next phase of her journey, she will be starting school in September and is capable of counting to 50, writing her own name and can recite the full phonetic alphabet, Childsplay have played a massive part in her journey and I cannot thank them enough!

The girls at Childsplay have been amazing each and every step of the way, from weening, to potty training to moving house – the transition from home life to nursery life has been seamless and is the main reason I chose to keep my little girl in this nursery despite now living in Leeds. It’s a big decision to return to work full time as a mum but knowing that my little girl has been so happy to attend nursery has made the mama guilt much easier to take!

Thank you all so much, I know my child is going to miss you lots! 🙂


Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centered approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, this multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers.

Jolly Phonics is a big part of learning to read and write, we use Jolly Phonics to teach each child the correct sound for a letter and the correct formation, this then in turn allows children the opportunity to write their own names.

To teach Jolly Phonics each room has their own set of flash cards, the children learn the letters in sets and each letter has an action to correspond to the letter. In the Buttercups room the children learn the sound and the actions for the letters.

As children progress into the preschool room Jolly Phonics takes a more central focus in the child’s learning. The children begin to learn Jolly Phonics through outdoor play, messy play, phonic book and phonic worksheets. Children are encouraged to listen to sounds and to segment them into letters.

At the moment children are using Billy’s box which is where we use a teddy bear and songs to help them blend letters and make words, this is where we use real objects and match them to the letters.

We also promote many Jolly Phonic songs and music, we listen to and learn the Jolly Phonic CD and songs, we have also created our own Jolly Phonic songs personal to us such as ‘I spy names’ & ‘what is..?’