Treasure Basket Activity

A baby responds through senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing, sight and physical movement. A treasure basket is ideal to support a baby’s exploration through these senses by providing a rich variety of everyday objects to offer stimulus to these different senses.

A treasure basket should be constantly changing and evolving and be regularly replenished with new objects.

Suggested items for a treasure basket:

  • Fir cones
  • Large pebbles
  • Shells
  • Chestnuts
  • Feathers
  • Pumice stone
  • Conkers
  • Piece of luffa
  • Small natural sponge
  • A lemon
  • An apple


Objects of natural material

  • Woolen balls
  • Little baskets
  • Wooden nail brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Shaving brush
  • House painting brush
  • Cosmetic brush


Wooden objects

  • Small boxes
  • Small drum
  • Castanets
  • Clothes pegs
  • Cotton reels
  • Curtain ring
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Bowl
  • Egg cup


Metal objects

  • Wire sponge
  • Small egg whisk
  • Bunch of keys
  • Lemon squeezer
  • Garlic squeezer
  • Bulldog paper clips
  • Closed tins containing rice, beans, gravel
  • Tea strainer
  • Tin lids
  • Large scent bottle top
  • Costume jewelry


Objects in leather, textile, rubber, fur

  • Leather purse
  • Colored marble eggs
  • Velvet powder puff
  • Tennis ball
  • Golf ball
  • Small cloth bag containing lavender, rosemary, thyme, cloves
  • Fur pompoms.


Paper/ cardboard

  • Inside of kitchen rolls
  • Small cardboard boxes
  • Tin foil
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Notebook




How is your baby responding?

  • Looking
  • Touching
  • Licking
  • Grasping
  • Mouthing
  • Picking up
  • Dropping
  • Banging
  • Selecting
  • Discarding
  • Sucking


Babies are exploring

  • Weight
  • Texture
  • Sound
  • Decision Making
  • Size
  • Shape
  • Smell


As they choose an object they are discovering

What it is? What it can do? What they can do with it!

Fixbies Visit the Fire Station

As part of our theme ‘People who help us’ we managed to arrange a visit to Rastrick Fire Station. The children were very excited as they had been learning all about the emergency services and had their very own little Fire Station within the role play area of the Preschool room, with coats, hats, gloves, scarves and high visibility jackets on we manned the mini-bus and headed the short journey down to the Fire Station.

We were greeted by firefighter Paul who introduced himself to the children and the staff team and then by Firefighters Alex and Robert. With all children in tow we were divided into two groups and shown the daily routine of White Watch from where they kept their uniform, helmets and apparatus, to the Fire Appliances they used to help people in an emergency


The children loved the Fire Engines but I think the highlight of the day was the Fire Boats where the Firefighters gave the children a ‘bumpy ride’ simulating how it would feel on the water. There were screams of delight and cries of ‘More! More!’

Thank you White Watch we had an amazing informative insight as a day in the life of a Firefighter! We had lots of re-enactments when we got the children back!

When Doctor Johnson Came To The Nursery

The children were very excited as Gracie had been telling them all last week that mummy and her were coming to nursery with their doctor’s bags. Doctor Johnson works in the local community and explained to the children what her job entailed. Her job was helping to make people better. Both Dr Johnson and Dr Grace brought along their doctor’s kits, Grace looked the part wearing her doctors white coat too.

Doctor Johnson brought along with her a wonderful jigsaw (which she kindly donated at the end thank you Petra) showing the different body parts and organs which make up the body. She divided the children into two groups and as teams they worked together putting the jigsaw together, lots of questions and screams of delight on parts they were able to identify ‘oh look that’s a leg’ and ‘oh look that’s his head’. Brandon glanced across at me and said ‘look Angie we are doing a jigsaw’. Dr Johnson then went on to talk to the children about the many amazing tools she carries in her doctor’s bag such as the stethoscope, ear and pulse monitor.

Dr Johnson explained what she uses her stethoscope for ‘I listening to your heart.’ Would you like to listen to your heart Dr Johnson asked the children. Lots of eager hands were raised and Brandon was one of the first to listen. Petra asked him ‘what does it sound like?’ Brandon said ‘like a drum,’ giving her one of his cheeky grins! Harmony listened to hers, pulled a face but did agree that it sounded like a drum.

Dr Grace and Dr Johnson together went through their doctor’s kits talking about what they had in, Dr Grace pulled out some glasses from her bag and said ‘these are to help you see,’ she pulled out a syringe, ‘this helps you stop getting poorly or sick.’ Dr Grace and Dr Johnson went through their doctor’s kits each in turn pulling out the many different instruments used to help a doctor identify and establish someone’s illness or injury.



Dr Grace was animated as she told the other children what her clever mummy did and took great delight in helping demonstrate what each instrument was used for, She was a little unsure about the otoscope and didn’t really want her mummy looking into her ears! Dr Grace bounced back and enjoyed helping her mummy show us how we could also listen to our breathing with the stethoscope, how we could take our pulse and what did they think Doctors give medicine for and why we needed to be careful with them.

Well with no further prompted Dr Grace told the children that ‘if you take the lid off (referring to tablets in a medicine bottle) and you swallowed it by accident the grownups would be very cross,’ and ‘because you can’t touch them cos medicine can make you very sick,’ Grace repeated ‘don’t touch the medicine,’ the children listened intently, one or two nodding their heads as if in agreement!

The next trick up Dr Johnson’s sleeve was a fantastic demonstration about why we should wash our hands properly. She asked for a balloon, glitter and a little bit of water, she blew the balloon up, put some water on the outside and then put the glitter on top. She asked Dr Grace to pass the balloon around the group explaining as they went about getting rid of bugs and germs and how they spread. Dr Grace said ‘we get rid of the bugs by washing them away’, this was quickly followed by ‘I need to wash my hands’ by the majority of the group!

Whilst the children were washing their hands Dr Grace took over and passed the doctor’s instruments around to the remaining children and telling them what that particular item was used for.  A massive thank you from all at Fixbees for delivering this amazing session Petra and once again for our jigsaw. And thank you to Dr Grace too, mummy couldn’t have done it without you!

Day Care Nursery and Out of School Club in Huddersfield

ParentZone App

Keep track on your child’s progress at nursery by downloading the ParentZone App.

For Apple click here

For Android click here

Once you have registered and logged in you can see what your child has been doing at nursery from the observations the nursery staff have uploaded, which can be found on your child’s Timeline.

You can even add your own comments.


How to add your own comments or pictures.

Click Add from the drop down menu on the right hand side.

Select your child, then enter your comments or pictures and click Save.

Press View it Now, which will be highlighted in green.

Select the comment yo want to submit.

Then on the Actions drop down press Done.

Fixbees Visit Elim Pentecostal Church

On a frosty Thursday morning Fixbees Preschool wrapped up warmly and boarded the Company mini-buses for a trip to Elim Pentecostal Church.

We were greeted at the door by Natasha and Nicola who helped the staff get the children into the reception area, taking off coats, hats and gloves and then writing name tags for all the children. We were invited to join in the Tiddlers group which runs every Thursday for mothers and toddlers which provided a wonderful array of toys and crafts lovingly set up for the children to play with. With a few ground rules set in place the children quickly absorbed themselves in play.


Before we knew it, it was story time with Natasha who told the children a wonderful story about the man who was very greedy and wouldn’t share his money, well the children all joined in shouting out when Natasha raised her hand to say “He loved his money.”

After story time Nicola and Natasha encouraged the children to participate in an activity, decorating money boxes, some of the children joined in but not all as they were more interested in dressing up in the many different outfits available.

Time went very quickly and before we knew it, it was snack time again! What a delight. They offered the children an array of different fruits and freshly toasted crumpets, yummy! The children’s manners were impeccable and they sat beautifully remembering to say please and thank you without prompting!

After snack time the children were given a guided tour of the church where they were introduced to Sharon, who was responsible for ‘counting the pennies’ and looking after the church’s finances, Michael who was responsible for organising the meetings and Tim and Mark, who were the church’s pastors.

Thank you once again Natasha and Nicola for making Fixbees Day Care feel so welcome!

Training Day

This year’s Birkbees Group training day was held on Friday 19th February at Birkbees. Once everyone had signed in and had welcome refreshments and a catch up chat, they split in to groups to begin the day.
All the staff who work with over 3’s headed for Stingers where Jo Barker was to spend the morning talking about how to deliver maths and understanding of the World in the curriculum. These were areas of the EYFS noted by staff for development.
The under 3’s staff were split in to two groups led by Diane Wilkinson and Vanessa White. Upstairs in the training room Diane talked about Enabling Environments, looking at indoor and outdoor provision.
Downstairs in honeybees Vanessa looked at attachment theories, treasure baskets and heuristic play.
Time for lunch! Jenny (Nursery Rhymes cook) and Rose (First Class cook) had spent the morning providing individual lunch boxes for staff with a selection of sandwiches, crisps ,fruit and a chocolate biscuit.
In the afternoon the over 3’s staff went back to Stingers for a fun packed Science Workshop whilst the under 3’s changed places and enjoyed the training session they hadn’t done in the morning.
The day went really well and all the staff came away with some great ideas to enhanced the provision at their respective nurseries.

Heuristic Play

“Acquiring tools for learning”


We are collecting again and would like your help in providing the following materials.

We refreshed our knowledge on heuristic play at our staff training day in February and your help in gathering these resources would be brilliant so we can implement it through out the nurseries


 We want to collect the following items:

Boxes, tins with lids, cotton reels, cones, coasters, pieces of wood, tubes, pegs, shells, stones, Dolly pegs to peg around a box or a stainless steel bowl, curtain rings, paper towel holder, cup tree, bangles/bracelets, lengths of chain/beads, ribbon, scarves, balls of different sizes and textures, tubes, cones, pompoms, wooden door knob, cone shaped shells etc, pine cones, leaves, containers and lids, baskets with handles, large jars, bags, containers with small and large openings, baskets that fit inside one another, metal objects, small objects to put in jars and be shaken, a wooden stick for banging, small cardboard boxes, wooden egg cups, yoghurt pots, kitchen roll tubes, empty sweet tins, paper cake cases, paper bags, plastic milk bottle tops, small metal buckets, small metal pudding basins, insides of chocolate boxes, different sized tins, metal bowls, wooden bowls and raffia coasters.

Food For life Award

In September all the Nurseries signed up to The Soil associations Food for Life Award.

Since then we have been looking at all things Food!

The award is split into 4 sections

  • Food quality
  • Food leadership and food culture
  • Food education
  • Community, partnerships and parental engagement

We have introduced a new menu in November which meets the Voluntary food and drink guidelines and we are close to having all the sections approved. We will keep you posted with our progress!

Our new food policy which hopefully you have all seen (download is available on the website if not!) outlines our food philosophy. Our decision on birthday cakes not being allowed in the setting was a little controversial at first, but I think that most of you have accepted this now, thank you for your support.

We have dedicated staff hours to ensuring that whilst in nursery the children will learn all about food. From growing to cooking and the best bit of all…eating new and healthy food. Our staff have also been introduced to new foods so this award is helping everyone at the nurseries to be open to new healthy food.

The growing season is coming! Jen, our Food For Life Coordinator has a new colleague, Andy. He is joining the team to help with all things outdoorsy! He will be supporting Jen to build new raised beds for planting, helping to keep the outdoor areas clean, safe and tidy as well as helping the children meet the Food Education element of the award. We are all really excited to welcome Andy to the team. Say hello if you see him around.

Grandparents Growing Event 14th-18th March. More information to follow

Some of our staff team will be attending the Food Initiatives Nutrition Education (FINE) training organized by Kirklees Council. This training will mean that the staff will be qualified to deliver healthy eating training….look out for our cook and eat sessions in your nursery!

The children have been on visits to the market and other local shops to see where food is sold in our communities. On these outings many new foods have been introduced to the children and staff.

We have celebrated Chinese New Year with food tasting and learning about other cultures. We look forward to continuing to celebrate other cultures and look forward to your support with this.

Please support our Stay and Play sessions in each nursery, where you can. It is so important that we engage families into children’s learning. Most of our sessions are based on the food for life criteria. Follow us on FaceBook so you don’t miss out!

In the summer term we will be taking preschool children to Stirley Farm at Almondbury to experience a working farm.

It you would like to get involved with the Food For Life Award in any way, please contact your settings Nursery Manager, we would love to see you involved. Thank you


Persona Dolls

Why we use Persona dolls within the nursery….

Within the Birkbees Group we aim to equip the children within our care with the necessary tools to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible and effective contributors. Persona Dolls promote personal, social and emotional development The use of Persona Dolls is an excellent idea especially in our multicultural society. It teaches our children about other cultures and lets them realise that everyone is different be it background, race or colour. It is a good learning tool for the children as they grow up to be able to integrate with all races and cultures irrespective of background. The Persona Doll approach offers an effective, stimulating, non-threatening and enjoyable way to combat discrimination, foster emotional literacy, raise equality issues and empower children. The Dolls and their stories develop children’s ability to empathise, to appreciate that name calling, teasing, exclusion from play and treating other people unfairly causes pain and unhappiness just like hitting, kicking and other physical responses do. Children are encouraged to stand up when they experience or witness unfairness and prejudice. A tall order but if the Dolls are embedded in an anti-discriminatory and culturally appropriate curriculum they are well able to meet the challenge. Successful learners Persona dolls encourage our children to become successful learners through:  discussions and learning in everyday situations  promoting learning enabling the children to be creative and expressive, to work with others, to develop an appreciation of aesthetic and cultural values and ideas, and to prepare for advanced learning when they go to primary school  developing positive attitudes and respect for one another