World Book Day and Red Nose Day took centre stage across all our nurseries in March, giving the children lots of opportunities to practice reading while learning about their favourite characters.

World Book Day is a registered charity and a fantastic initiative with a mission to give every child a book of their own, to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and, of course, promote and celebrate reading.

It is something we like all of our nurseries to get involved with every year, because it helps make reading fun and books come alive.

This year was no exception, with staff and kids alike embracing the day and having a super time, while practicing their reading and language skills.

Red Nose Day is also always a big hit with staff and children. It provides a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about charity and the importance of being kind and giving.

This year saw lots of activities around the day, including making buns and dressing up. And of course, many of the children came to nursery wearing their own red noses!

Elsewhere, March was filled with lots of fun and educational activities.

The Sunshine Bears at Bricknell Avenue explored the garden in the sunshine, splashed about in the water, spent time in the garden kitchen and playing with Lego blocks.

The warm weather enabled the Honey Bears to have a teddy bears picnic with some lovely picnic food and the Tiptoe Bears also had fun with food, planting vegetables in the secret garden and exploring different types of coloured pasta.

At Bridgehead, the Honey Bears expressed their artistic sides by drawing on different textures and looking at the different marks they could make. They also planted bulbs in the garden and will water them and watch them grow.

The Sunshine Bears mixed stories and food with the Hungry Caterpillar – they enjoyed feeding the caterpillar all the food from the book – and they made some Gruffalo crumble.

Mother’s Day was big celebration at Waterside. The whole nursery had a wonderful time when mums, nanas and grandmas came along to play and share the afternoon with us. This made for a wonderful atmosphere and some very excited children!

Given its rural setting, it will come as no surprise that the children at Bishop Burton enjoyed an animal-themed March. The Sunshine bears had a fantastic time decorating different spring animals for their new display board and the babies had fun learning about the Dear Zoo book and acting out the story.

At Gorton Road, the Sunshine Bears played with magnifying glasses, examining bugs in the tuff spot, and the Honey Bears had a musical March. They sang songs and practiced moving in time to the music.

They also had messy fun creating marks in paint with a range of different toys including a toy car.

March has been yet another fun-packed and educational month across all the Tiptoes nurseries. With April well underway and the warmer weather coming, we’re sure spring will continue in the same way.