Community: West End Edibles

Thanks to funding from Creative West End and Creative Civic Change, our West End Edibles project is go!

The project aims to bring the people of Morecambe’s West End together to grow and share food in publicly accessible spaces. As well as making healthy food freely available for all, West End Edibles is promoting the learning and sharing of growing skills, community connections and wellbeing.

So far, the project has connected with the Friends of Alexandra Square group, with plans to contribute herbs and fruit bushes to the park, and The Good Things Collective’s local Micro Gardens project.

Growing Packs of a range of organic vegetables are being distributed to West End residents who would like to grow food at home, or begin growing seedlings to plant out in public spaces in the area for all to enjoy.

To request your own free Growing Pack, email Amy at secretgardenmorecambe@gmail.com

Highlights from a sunny September

What an exciting month we have had here at The Secret Garden Childcare. We have welcomed new friends, harvested arm-fulls of our allotment’s first-season vegetables, and had lots of fun observing the summer tail off and the autumn begin.

The truly magical thing about nature-centred learning is that we are blessed with new surprises, resources and things to explore every day in our outdoor classroom. No two weeks, days or moments are the same!

As Margaret McMillan wrote, “the best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky”. Absolutely!

Rising to a lock-down challenge

In response to the Government’s recent request for key worker childcare provision during the coronavirus pandemic, The Secret Garden Childcare has vacancies throughout the week for the children of key workers.

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These vacancies – for children aged 18 months to 11 years – are open to support key workers to continue in their essential roles when they don’t have childcare at home. For more information, call Amy on 07397 159 761.

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside…

The Secret Garden Childcare has packed its bucket, spade and seaweed identification book, and is preparing to open in Morecambe Bay!

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Please bear with us while we get our setting ready to offer outstanding nature-based learning and care to the children and families of Morecambe. We are busy finalising plans for our new outdoor classroom, planning activities and adventures that make the most of the brilliant landscape and wildlife Morecambe has to offer, and training ourselves up to offer the best Beach School experiences. We can’t wait to open our doors for visits and look-arounds, and to meet you, Morecambe families! Watch this space for more details on look-around sessions in the coming months.

“Who do you think would win a race between a tortoise and a sloth?”

I wonder…

At The Secret Garden Childcare we love to wonder, and to wander, and truly embrace the everyday wonderful in the natural world that surrounds us.

In a boundless act of wondering, our imagination is free to explore limitless possibilities; the world can be magical, fantastical, hilarious and awesome – as it should be for every child; as it should be for all of us. In our wondering, we take time to explore every possibility (an impossibility) to come up with new stories, ideas and solutions to our questions. The ability to wonder makes us all inventors, storytellers, scientists and philosophers.

“Where did the frost go?”

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“How did this pea plant get here?”

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“Who put these ferns here?”

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“Who do you think would win a race between a tortoise and a sloth?”

I wonder…

 

Garden guests

Despite our rather miserable Manchester weather, this week The Secret Garden has welcomed lots of wildlife! Ladybirds are loving the flowers, the bumble bees are at the roses and, this morning, we found this very hungry caterpillar nibbling at the lettuce.

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We are continuing to plant wildlife-friendly plants to encourage a diversity of wildlife into The Secret Garden. Hopefully we can find something that they prefer eating to our lettuce!

Playing out: 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4

image.jpegDo our children enjoy playing out as much as we did when we were kids? This article in The Guardian suggests not, but has some really useful tips on how to promote outdoor play, linking to the National Trust’s brilliant 50 Things to do before you’re 11 3/4 which features loads of outdoor family events.

We will be covering at least 32 of the National Trust’s ’50 things…’ regularly at The Secret Garden Childcare: not a bad start before your 5th birthday!

 

The Secret Garden – Stay and Play!

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On Saturday 16th July, we welcomed friends and family to ‘Stay and Play’ at The Secret Garden, testing out the Mud Kitchen, the cosy cabin and, of course, the healthy snack menu! A big thanks to everyone who joined us on the day.

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If you would like to arrange a visit to The Secret Garden Childcare to look around the setting and discuss registering your child, please email Amy at secretgardenmcr@gmail.com.

We are currently awaiting our Ofsted registration, so are hoping to open late Summer/early Autumn 2016.