Cranfield pre-schoolers bury time capsule in new nursery footings
Children at Cherry Trees Day Nursery in Cranfield have sent messages into the future after burying a time capsule on the building site that will become their new home next year.
Messages about fun activities at the existing Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in West Road, together with photographs, hand-drawn pictures, newspapers and stamps were buried near protected trees in the garden of the new nursery on the Cranfield University site.
As Manager Emma Jestice explained the time capsule project is one of many themed activities at the nursery - including two construction ‘role play’ areas complete with plans, child-sized ‘mixers’, hard hats and high visibility jackets - concerning the new build.
“Practitioners and children are equally excited about moving home. The huge light filled spaces and garden areas planned for the new nursery have captured the imagination of us all. The opportunities for imaginative play and learning are endless and we are very excited,” she said.
The 120-place nursery with separate, age-appropriate indoor and outdoor play and learning spaces and a large light-filled suite in the middle for specialist craft, cooking and other activities, is due to open in Spring next year.
Three-year-old Archie Tracey was one of three children chosen to bury the capsule after he contributed photographs of the new site - taken in each season - and stories about the wildlife he has seen in and around Chicheley Creek, which will be viewed by children on special terraces in the new building.
“I hope to see the ducks and wiggly worms again,” said Archie about his hopes for the new nursery.
In the meantime, field-trips by Cherry Trees children to the site in Duncan Road are planned so that they too can monitor the progress of the build and learn about the processes involved.