Friday 1st of June was the date that Gavin Burns was egged and sprayed with silly string, why you might ask. Well sadly this was Gav’s last day as a playworker at Broxburn Family Centre’s Out of School Care. Gav has a new job working with children with autism in Linlithgow. All of the children and staff of the centre would like to wish him the very best for the future.
On the plus side, we have a great new staff member called Charlene, who can’t wait for the summer programme.
The Scottish weather might be unpredictable but it hasn’t stopped us getting out to play.
Last Wednesday we took our mobile play tent ‘Playbase’ out to the park in the Mayfield area of Armadale and set up to welcome families with little ones to play. The grass was very wet but thankfully it didn’t rain and we had a great time blowing bubbles, getting messy with shaving foam and chasing round the tent with the trolley. The only downside was the midgies which were a surprise – better pack the midge repellant for next time!
We’re back in the park off Mayfield Drive for the next two Wednesdays, 11.00 – 1.00pm, so if you live nearby and have children under 5, why not come and join us. We can’t promise sunshine but we can promise fun!
There’s always lots to play with in Broxburn Family Centre’s Playroom, but as our Play Policy says, we like to get out and about too, to provide children with more interesting and varied opportunties for play.
So as the sun was shining last Thursday afternoon the Early Years staff loaded up the minibus and took the wee ones on an adventure to Blackness beach. While their mums and dads were back at the centre studying hard in our ‘English for speakers of other languages’ class, their children were exploring the beach, scrambling over the rocks, investigating sea-shells and rock pools and enjoying the freedom to play outside. They also had a picnic on the beach at snack time, although some preferred to eat the sand instead!
There were lots of smiles on the beach, then sleepy children in the bus on the way back to the centre – lucky parents!
Keeping ourselves healthy is a serious business but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a laugh while we’re doing it!
Broxburn Family Centre’s Health Group have learnt about lots of different factors which affect our health, including nutrition, exercise, substance misuse and mental ill health. They found out that research has shown that laughter, being playful and socialising with others can be very beneficial for our mental health, so they thought they’d try it for themselves. Their session included making funny faces, playing silly games and watching comedy clips and all felt a lift afterwards as a result.
So why not give it a try… grown-ups can have fun too!
Why does food taste so good when you cook it outside? Our play staff found out that it’s probably because you’re so hungry from all that outdoor play. They managed to build and light the fire and cook from scratch on a soggy day, and now have the skills to do this with the children in all our play settings.
Many of our play staff braved the rain to take part in outdoor play training ‘doon the burn’. They learnt about fixing up a zip wire, playing with water, using fire safely with children and using the outdoor environment in play.
The fire came in handy at lunch time too, as they cooked up a tasty treat of turkey burgers, goulash and soup.