The Rocking Horse is an Ofsted Outstanding, privately owned and family run, registered children’s day nursery located in a quiet residential street in Finchley Central, London. The nursery is within walking distance of the beautiful grounds of Avenue House, Victoria Park and Finchley Central underground station.
"The Rocking Horse is the Mary Poppins of the nursery world - practically perfect in every way!"Parent
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"The staff are the best, so caring and genuine."Parent
"I'm sure you've heard it many times before but after being shown round by the lovely Beth, seeing how impeccably clean it was, and most importantly how very happy and relaxed the children all are, I wanted to let you know what a special place The Rocking Horse is - especially compared to all of the other nurseries I have seen. "Prospective Parent
"After visiting, we knew Rocking Horse was was simply brilliant. We visited many other nurseries, serving only to confirm that Rocking Horse is the only place we see our child."
Children In Need Fundraising! Thank you for all your support so far, we have raised at least £750 to date! Our raffle prizes are amazing and now include a voucher for 6 sessions of laser hair removal in the 'SKN' clinic at London Wall. Remember to get your raffle tickets from the classrooms. If you are not in you can't win! (Any further donations for Raffle prizes also greatly received - up to this Friday morning please) The raffle takes place this Friday 24th November @ 2:30pm with Millie the Giraffe from Millie's Mark joining us to celebrate achieving our Millie's Mark award https://www.milliesmark.com/ https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/schools Read More
22 Nov 2017
UK Parliament: Stop supermarkets from selling raw fruit and veg in plastic packaging. https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-stop-supermarkets-from-selling-raw-fruit-and-veg-in-plastic-packaging?recruiter=836351971&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition ... via @UKChange Read More
21 Nov 2017
Weekly News - Monday 20th November 2017 Hummingbirds I'm driving in my car , I'm driving in my car. Beep, beep, toot, toot I'm driving in my car!....... We are having fun with wheels, cars, trains and planes in support of road safety week Millie the Giraffe is coming on Friday 24th November to celebrate our Millie's Mark Award and she will help draw the tickets for our Children In Need raffle. Kingfishers We are exploring technology this week. We will look at the white boards, take pictures and press lots of buttons. We will also be looking a road safety and the importance of holding hands when crossing the road Millie the Giraffe is coming on Friday 24th November to celebrate our Millie's Mark Award and she will help draw the tickets for our Children In Need raffle come and join us at 2:30pm for the raffle draw. Quetzals We are interested in dinosaurs at the moment so we will explore the prehistoric lands. We will make giant dinosaur footprints. Make a friendly dinosaur for our class and have a prehistoric feast on Friday. We will also learn about road safety and practice crossing the road. Millie the Giraffe is coming on Friday 24th November to celebrate our Millie's Mark Award and she will help draw the tickets for our Children In Need raffle come and join us at 2:30pm for the raffle draw. Toucans We are continuing looking at professions. We are going to make our own city with lots of different jobs situated there. We will also be looking a road safety and the importance of holding hands when crossing the road Millie the Giraffe is coming on Friday 24th November to celebrate our Millie's Mark Award and she will help draw the tickets for our Children In Need raffle come and join us at 2:30pm for the raffle draw. Macaws We are looking at how special we are. 'I am special, I am me' We will look at the colour of our eyes, hair, how tall we are, what are are favourite foods, colours, likes and dislikes. We are unique. Can all the children please bring in something that is special to them or a picture of them doing something special to share with the class. We will continue with our songs for our Christmas show. We will also be looking a road safety and the importance of holding hands when crossing the road Millie the Giraffe is coming on Friday 24th November to celebrate our Millie Award and she will help draw the tickets for our Children In Need raffle come and join us at 2:30pm for the raffle draw. Quotes of the week: Audrey and Pearla were walking upstairs to the office to photocopy a picture. Audrey commented on how well Pearla was climbing the stairs. Pearla replied, "my stairs at home are too heavy!" Tigerlily was listening to the Spice Girls in the library and said "This is PowPow music!" whilst dancing her heart out. Children In Need: Well done everyone who has donated and helped, we have raised so far approximately £350- you can continue to buy raffle tickets until Friday 24th when we announce the winners. Blocking the Driveway This week we had a parent phone us to to say she was stuck on our driveway for 15 minutes because another parent in a silver VW Passat had blocked her in. Thank you to the other parents who came to her rescue and helped guide her out of the spot. Please be considerate of others whilst parking and do not block the driveway. Please take care when reversing as we have had several people comment on parents' cars reversing too quickly and dangerously. Spanish Lessons Casandra from the Kingfisher room would like the opportunity to teach our parents some Spanish so that they can support their children's learning of Spanish throughout the nursery. No details have as yet been arranged so if you would like to attend Spanish lessons please email us so that we can get an idea of numbers. Dates for the Diary: 20th-25th November- Road Safety Week. Thursday 30th November- St Andrews Day- Scottish dress Monday 11th December- Celebrating National Human Rights Day Tuesday 5th December Macaws and Toucans Parents Evening 7pm-9pm (Please note there will be no other times or dates to speak with key persons) Tuesday 12th December Quetzals, Kingfishers and Hummingbirds parents Evening 7-9pm (please note there will be no other times or dates to speak with key persons) 13th December (Wednesday) to 20 December (Wednesday) HANUKAH Jewish We will celebrate and teach the children with stories, games and creative activities Wednesday 13th December Macaws theatre trip to The Tiger Who Came To Tea- more details to follow Thursday 14th December Adam Ant Party with Quetzals, Toucans and Macaws Only children who attend that day Friday 15th December Christmas Concert with Toucans and Macaws St. Mary's Hall @3:45 pm Monday 18th December Christmas Lunch Only for children who attend that day Monday 18th Father Christmas is in town! If you do not attend please pop in to see Father Christmas in the morning Monday 18th Hummingbirds, Kingfishers and Quetzals Christmas concert @3pm in Macaws Classroom Dress in festive costumes. Tuesday 19th Fancy Dress and Party Time Tuesday 19th Nursery Closes at 6:15pm for our Christmas Holidays Wednesday 3rd January Nursery re opens for 2018 - Copyright © 2017 THE ROCKING HORSE NURSERY, All rights reserved. www.therockinghorse-nursery.co.uk Our mailing address is: THE ROCKING HORSE NURSERY 5 VICTORIA AVENUE London, Eng N3 1BD United Kingdom Read More
20 Nov 2017
http://www.parenta.com/2017/11/02/8-ways-to-stay-well-this-winter/ 8 ways to stay well this winter It's that time of year when there's a noticeable chill in the air and the nights are starting to draw in. The change in seasons presents a challenge for our health, especially as cold and flu bugs start to circulate. Here, we've put together 8 ways to help you stay fit and well over winter: Choose "in season" food Where possible, try to eat "in season" fruit and veg such as blackberries, pears, carrot and beetroot. Not only will it have done fewer air miles to get to your shopping basket but foods in season contain the nutrients and minerals that our bodies need at this time of year. For example, butternut squash and apples are packed with vitamin C to boost our resistance to colds. Go outdoors often As the evenings start to draw in, the low levels of daylight can cause some of us to feel tired and a bit down. In fact, studies have shown that 1 in 3 people in the UK suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Seasonal Affective disorder is sometimes called "winter depression" as symptoms worsen with the change in seasons. One way to combat this is to get outside and make the most of the natural daylight whenever possible. Have a flu vaccination Flu symptoms can come on quickly and spread to others through sneezing, coughing and touching surfaces which have been contaminated with the bodily fluids of an infected person. Symptoms include a sudden fever of 38c or above, aching body, sore throat, feeling exhausted, diarrhoea or tummy pain, cough and headache. If you fall into the category of having a serious medical condition such as asthma, are over 65, or pregnant, then you may be more susceptible to contracting flu. The Government advises these more vulnerable groups to have a flu vaccination. Boost your vitamin C intake Whilst the best source of vitamin C is from natural fruit and veg, if your diet is deficient in these fruits then it may be worth taking a supplement. The following foods are high in this essential vitamin: oranges and orange juice red and green peppers strawberries blackcurrants broccoli Brussel sprouts potatoes Vitamin C has several important functions in the body, including protecting cells and keeping them healthy. The NHS website advises that adults (aged 19-64 years old) need 40mg of vitamin C a day. Have a hearty breakfast There's nothing nicer than being able to tuck into a warm breakfast on a cold winter morning. Having a bowl of porridge is a great way to start your day, and gives you slow release energy to keep you full for longer. Oats also contain lots of vital vitamins and minerals. Make your porridge with low-fat milk or a non-dairy alternative such as almond milk or water, and don't add sugar or salt. Top with a sliced banana, raisins, mango or other fruit for extra flavour and to help you hit your 5-a-day target. Increase your intake of vitamin D Studies have shown that Vitamin D, which our bodies normally synthesise from the sun, can help to ease depression, as well as reducing the symptoms of heart disease. From about late March/early April to the end of September, most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need from sunlight. However, outside of these months, it is much harder to do so. Foods which are naturally high in vitamin D include: oily fish – such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and fresh tuna red meat liver egg yolks fortified foods – such as most fat spreads and some breakfast cereals Stay hydrated Current recommendations for how much fluid you should take in do vary, but many people aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. However, your fluid requirements may vary depending on how active your lifestyle is. Keeping an eye on the colour of your urine is a good indication of whether you're dehydrated. If your urine is colourless or light yellow, you know that your body is well-hydrated. If your urine is dark yellow, however, this can be a sign of dehydration. Get more sleep A recent study has shown that lack of sleep can contribute to us getting sick. Researchers at the UW Medicine Sleep Centre examined 11 pairs of identical twins with different sleep patterns, taking blood samples from each. They found overwhelmingly that the twin who got less sleep had a more depressed immune system compared with their sibling. Not sure how much sleep you should be getting? The Sleep Council recommends that the average person aged 18- 65 years old needs 7-9 hours per day. Find out how to create the perfect environment for a restful night's sleep here. Read More
15 Nov 2017