Our diary outlining some of our bigger activities ...

However we do take part in daily activites which I will be happy to tell you about at the end of each day.

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Christmas Tree Festival (December)

We spent a lovely day at the beautiful Christmas Tree Festival at St. John the Divine Church in Worthing.

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Home Day (November)

We spend the morning doing arts and crafts like pebble painting and messy play. Then in the afternoon we spend some time watching films and playing games.

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Amberley Museum (October)

An Arts and Crafts day was taking place today so the children got to make paper hats and have a go at block painting. Then after lunch we spent time looking round the museum.

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Washbrook's Farm (September)

We met a friend today at Washbrook's Farm as she has twin girls who were celebrating their second birthdays. We all got to enjoy a lovely buffet lunch, then the children had fun on the tractor ride and playing chase through the maize maze.

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Paradise Park (August)

Huge plants and dinosaurs were all part of today's fun! The children explored the gardens and the park areas before lunch. Then after that we enjoyed a train ride and playing in the indoor soft play area.

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Amberley Museum (July)

We spent an enjoyable day at Amberley where the children learnt how printing used to be done all by hand and had a go themselves. Next we caught the bus "Dark Star" to the electricity exhibition where the children were shown how different forms of electricity are used before looking around all the exhibits. We visited the pottery and had a go at making something with air drying clay. Next we looked around all the old fire engines & buses, played in the telecommunications hall using different kinds of phones & computers before catching the little train back to have our picnic.

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The RSPB Big Sleep Out (June)

This year for the first time we took part in the RSPB sponsored sleep out. The children raised money by getting sponsored to sleep out in my garden under a gazebo. We started the evening by taking a picnic tea to sleepy hollow woods, playing games and going on a bug hunt returning home at about 10 pm. The children got into their, onesies whilst I made hot chocolate, they then took turns roasting marsh-mellows in the chiminea before settling down in their sleeping bags for a night out. Some of them witnessed dawn, others were still asleep but were all awake by 6 am. We all enjoyed breakfast together before parents arrived. We raised £245 for the RSPB!

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Beach Combing (June)

Living so close to the beach we are often going for walks and the younger children particularly enjoy collecting shells & odd shaped stones. When warm enough we take a picnic & stay longer so the children have time to go rock-pooling or swimming if the tide is in.

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Mohair Centre (May)

During term time I sometimes take the preschool children a little further afield & one of the places we really enjoyed was the Mohair Centre near Ringmer. The visit was arranged for a group of childminders to go & the children had hands-on experience of collecting eggs, feeding the pigs & ponies and bottle feeding lambs. A picnic lunch and a play in the park finished our visit off in time to come home for the school children.

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The Observatory Science Centre (April)

Had a fab day here, lots of hands-on activities for the children, both inside & out. We particularly enjoyed "painting" a picture using lasers onto a screen which could then be e-mailed to our home addresses.

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Gaston Farm (April)

Another firm favourite with the children is our annual visit to Gaston farm near Arundel at lambing time. The children get to hold chicks and ducklings as well as giving a lamb a cuddle. If we are lucky we get to see a lamb born during our visit as the sheep are giving birth in the pens around us. rnThe tractor ride up onto the downs is not to be missed either, making it an enjoyable day out.