A group of children take part in our committee meetings each term. Two meetings are held per term with the aim of giving the children a voice and the opportunity to give feedback on their nursery experience and initiate change where appropriate. Children are more motivated to learn when the environment, activities and resources interest them: involving the children in the decisions we make ensures that we are ‘in-tune’ with them.
Children’s Committee Meetings
The children are invited to contribute their ideas on the items set out in the agenda in a meeting held in the office, around a table with nibbles and refreshments. We ask families to take a little time to talk to their children about nursery and write any comments on the agenda points provided as well as making suggestions for other agenda topics to be discussed at the meeting. It goes without saying that we are happy to talk about anything that interests/worries/excites the children. The overarching aim is to improve our setting for your children.
Some of our Meeting Minutes
23.09.2019 Children’s Committee Meeting Minutes, Woodberry Day Nursery (Fawley)
Today we had our first children’s committee meeting and the children were really motivated!
We started with the topic of food at nursery and what the children liked.
The children were very complementary about the new menu that has been rolled out. Super seed butter and home made pizza with crunchy vegetables was the most popular choice. Children enjoy serving their own food and having a snack cafe so it doesn’t interrupt their play.
Broccoli came out at the top of our favourite vegetables, with chopped up carrots coming a close 2nd. This then led onto a discussion about the children growing and preparing their own vegetables, the setting will purchase some safety knives and chopping boards for the children – they want to be more “hands on” and help our cook prepare lunch. Next spring, we will also look into growing our own vegetables, in a little allotment that the children can look after.
We then moved onto to discussing what the children liked to do at home and whether we could support or extend those interests at nursery. The children came up with some fantastic ideas: especially for role play. So, we will now support the children to create a shop, a sailing boat and a vet, as these were the top suggestions from the children.
When the children were asked “how could we make preschool more exciting?” the children were ready with some very creative ideas. First, they would like more bug hunts and also to make a bug hotel, then they wanted to learn more about how the body works and also, they would like to do some experiments. All are possible, and our team are now busy planning enhancements to the preschool room to incorporate the children’s passions!