Staff, children and parents thoroughly enjoyed this years annual Halloween competition! Both sites decorated their hallways and the children participated in a range of fun Halloween-inspired activities from making 'mummy' pastries to carving pumpkins, handprinting monsters, making pumpkin boats and learning a special monster mash dance for the judges!
The theme for this years competition was a child-friendly Halloween and the judging criteria focused on: parents input, evidence of activities having taken place leading up to the competition, the wow factor and celebrating cultures and religions from around the world.
We invited three Early Years experts from Essex County Council to come and judge who deserved to be crowned this years winner and receive the coverted trophy! Points were awarded for each area and the maximum points to be gained were 90. Overall our Hawthorn Avenue site were victorious with 81 points and in a very close second place were our Turner Road site with an impressive 78 points!
Parents were excellent participants in this year's competition and contributed photos of activities and craft they had done at home with their children. Some visited the local pumpkin patch and each nursery held an event whereby parents could come into the nursery to share a Halloween snack or take part in a messy craft morning for Halloween.
The real winners, as always, were the children who had a fang-tastic few weeks making craft, taking part in activities at home and nursery, making special Halloween snacks and cakes and generally learning about Halloween in a fun, child-friendly way!