Cbeebies Land!

Hey guy’s today I’m going to share my experience at Cbeebies land, which is inside Alton Towers. So my nephew turned two years old the other week, so myself and my friend took my two and three year old nephew for a day out.


We started the day with a two hour drive, the boys did really well, with one little tummy ache but apart from that they stayed awake the whole way there. Then comes the gruelling walk from the car to the park, which with two little ones took about half an hour to walk.

Tickets: There was two adults and two children, the youngest was free and the cheapest way to do it was to pay for one child online and then pay for two adults on the day with a cadburys 2-4-1 offer.

We then went into the park, Cbeebies land is situated to the right of the lake. My three year old couldn’t contain his excitement and decided we were going to go on the Post Man Pat ride.

Post Man Pat: Its a cool little ride, you sit in Pat’s van and ride round although I didn’t realise that you were supposed to press the buttons as you went round. As you come to the end you stop right next to Post Man Pat, so be sure to take a selfie with him!


Next was the In The Night Garden boat ride, I’m not too sure who was more excited to find the characters.


Showtime! Make sure you check the times so your children can watch and meet their favourite characters. The boys really enjoyed watching Zingzillas. The showtime arena is near Nina’s science lab, be sure to check it out especially the smelling game!


Some rides have height restrictions, we were given a wristband for the oldest boy to say he was over 0.9m; but just watch when they put it on, as they put his on too tight and we ended up taking it off.


One activity was Justins Pie-o-matic factory. You will literally be pelted in all places with balls! Probably more fun for older, taller children as my little one couldn’t see over the balcony.

After we went on all the rides within Cbeebies land, we went for a walk and to get some food as we hadn’t quite realised it was so late. Obviously we had brought some snacks for the boys and they were quite happy. Prior to going I looked to see if there was any deals online and I found a voucher for two adult meals and two children’s meals for £18.50. Perfect, the food was great, the staff were lovely and the restaurant was clean. If you do use the voucher make sure you print it off before you go!

While walking around Alton Towers there were a few rides the oldest boy could go on and he loved the Pirate ship. Then we came across he aquarium, both boys really enjoyed it, we got to see a shark, a sting ray eating an apple, we found Nemo and Dory. We even had the opportunity to touch a starfish.


Before we knew it, it was 6pm and time to leave and ready for the half an hour walk back to the car and then the 2 hour drive home, although this time both boys slept most of the way home.

Before I finish this I have to share a few more cool things. Starting with the baby changing area, there are loads of them and they’re clean. They have buttons on the wall so you can change songs and while your little one is laying there they can look at the lights on the ceiling. The boys loved it and enjoyed picking their own music.

As you come into the park there is the option to hire a push chair, single or double which may be a better option if you’re worried about leaving your own pushchair while you go on rides. However we had no problems with leaving the one we took, just made sure we took our bags off.

One last thing, at the moment they’re doing a deal, come back tomorrow for £10 or come back any day for £15. Obviously we had to take advantage of this offer.

Overall it was a fantastic day, both adults and the boys enjoyed our time there and will go back again.

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My favourite children’s books.

I love reading books with the children at my nursery, watching their faces light up as I turn the page or as I do a different voice for the characters. Here is a list of my top 5 favourite books.

 

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We’re going on a bear hunt!

I could read this book out without having it in front of me, my key children love reading this but we’re never sat down. We’re up, rolling our trouser legs up, spinning around and pretending to swim. This isn’t the quietest of stories, but its so fun to act out.

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The Gruffalo.

Julia Donaldson is my favourite author, I love all her books. This is a great one to read with preschoolers, as they can identify the photos and really get involved in telling the story.

 

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Aliens love underpants.

This one will have your little ones laughing, talking about the aliens and even talking about which pants are their favourite.

 

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Room on the broom.

Another Julia Donaldson book; it has the children in suspense as they tell you if they think the witch will be ok. It’s a good book to talk about friendship and how working together can help others. (Like tidying up!)

 

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The very hungry caterpillar.

This covers so much and really gets the children thinking. Counting how much the caterpillar has eaten, do they eat those foods and then what is about to happen to the caterpillar? Their faces light up when they see the final page.

Well the concludes my favourite books to read to children at work, not only is it great so see them smile and sometimes the confusion on their face, its also fun to read books you enjoy yourself.

 

Helping a friend?

The big C word… the dreaded six letter word, that you never ever want to hear come out of someones mouth… Cancer!

Iv lost many people to cancer when I was younger but just before Christmas last year my best friend told me she had it. I felt like my world had caved in, I felt this massive lump in my throat, my heart hurt like someone had pulled on it and it felt as if time just stopped. I didn’t know what to do or what to say; I mean, what do you say ? Sorry? Are you ok? There’s a thousand questions I wanted to ask, but I just couldn’t speak.  I stood there in shock on the phone, with her asking me if I was still there and I some how managed to splutter out one word, “w,w,what?”.

How do you help a friend who’s been given this news? She didn’t want anyone to know so I couldn’t ask, so I turned to the internet. It gave me the simple things of being there, making them smile, taking flowers and taking their mind off everything. It made me think of how I’d feel if the tables were turned. I decided that no matter how hard it gets, I’ll be there, I’ll save my emotions and how I feel for when I’m home, after all this is about her not me! I tell her I’m here for her, I know when shes hurting, when shes upset and I can’t force her to tell me whats going on. But what I can do, is hug her and tell her that I’m there, and that she can call me when ever she feels like talking. So far it seems to have helped and I can see the sense of relief on her face after.

So for anyone out there who is in my shoes or have been there, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know how to help her deal with this.

This same amazing woman said to me;

“Surround yourself with positive people and the positivity will rub off on you”

Working with children.

Working with children can be extremely fun, exciting and rewarding  however it can be emotionally and physically draining too. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love my job, I adore the children I teach and remember those I have taught.

3 years at college, a lot of assignments later and  I’m in the real world, I’m a fully qualified practitioner. I’m an adult. I already had a part time job but suddenly it was all real, I wanted to get a job working with children.  Finding somewhere came easier than I had expected, thankfully I had been there as a student and knew a few of them. I started in the September 2014, being introduced to all these new people was scary. Will they like me? Will I fit in? Am I the youngest here?

I had a knot in my stomach, as I had sat with my new manger and filled out paper work. Filling in the normal stuff, but then it came to my health. Do I lie, should I tell the truth? I could feel myself welling up as I ticked the no to the mental health question. I lied but I didn’t want it used against me. I made a deal with myself to come off the anti-depression tablets. I’ll talk about that another day.

So I now work in a nursery with children who are between the ages of 2 and a half and 4 years old, we have English, EAL and SEN children. It can be quite tough teaching a child so young to now speak English when they have barely mastered their home language. Although seeing them transform over the 2 years we have them is so rewarding and I admit there are times where I’v cried because of simple little things like coming out with full understandable sentences, writing their name for the first time, or simply accomplishing something they never thought they could.

One of my little ones has amazed me so much! Fluent Polish and English, can write her own name and understands everything. She has found it hard when it comes to maths, I wasn’t overly concerned because she knew the basics, well she knew more than enough ready for school. However this particular day she made me so proud and made me think more about why I do what I do. I had a group of 6 children, all sat working on maths we were looking at numbers and quantities. You can imagine what it was like 6 children round a tiny table all wanting my attention, it was overwhelming! So for a child who struggles and will shut off and refuse to carry on, she did it! She got it, all by herself. I explained what I wanted them to do and she got on with it and got it all correct without help. Now to you, you might think this is a simple little thing but I could not of been more proud. I cried. All my hard work and dedication had paid off and it made me realise why I do what I do.

Looking back I wish I hadn’t worried so much. Thinking that being an adult would be fun, yeah I guess it is but I never imagined I’d struggle as much as I did. I never expected life to throw so many rocks my way, but I overcome them. I am now stronger than I ever have been.

Don’t doubt yourself, you can do it!

For now stay safe, happy and positive.

The first one!

My first post…

I thought making a blog would be an amazing idea, my way of expressing myself. the good, the bad and the ugly and hopefully help others. Who know’s there might be someone out there reading this, if you’re thank you!

A little about myself, I’m a 22 year old woman. Woman? Girl? Lady? All sound quite strange, using woman makes me sound old, using girl makes me sound like a child and lady, well that implies I’m elegant, which I am far from! Female, lets stick to that. So, I work in a Nursery with children between the ages of 2 and a half and 4 years old. I adore my job, it is so rewarding in many ways. I don’t know about you but I always find this the hardest bit, what do you say? Have I said enough? or too much? I am sure you’ll get to know more soon enough.

For now, stay safe, happy and positive.