Festive fun at Grasshoppers Day Nursery

Festivities were well underway at Grasshoppers Day Nursery in St Albans as children began to decorate the setting, starting with the Christmas tree in the garden outside.

After dressing the branches with a series of beautiful baubles and lights, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on York Road turned their attention to the individual trees in their age-appropriate classrooms for an annual decorating contest, which this year is themed around the topic of recycling.

As part of the competition, which will be judged by nursery parents, children and colleagues have been set the challenge of making all of the Christmas decorations from reused materials in order to promote positive environmental messages and their work with Eco-Schools, for which they have earnt a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award.


During the festive period, an exciting schedule of events has been planned to bring joy to Grasshoppers, from a Christmas Jumper Day to a Carol Concert for families with seasonal treats including mince pies and mulled wine, as well as magical touches for the children, including reindeer food to take home on Christmas Eve. 

In the spirit of giving back, the nursery are also hosting a range of fundraisers over the holidays to raise money for Cancer Research UK, including a dress down day which raised a total of £362.00 and a Christmas shop with the opportunity to buy personalised snow globe gifts for a small donation to the charity.

Grasshoppers Day Nursery Team Leader, Lauren Ringrose explained;

“We have had a brilliant time preparing for Christmas and the children have been delighted to immerse themselves in all of the activities on offer. This has provided so many exciting learning opportunities, and we are now looking forward to catching up with our wonderful nursery families for carols, which we were unable to do last year.”



Celebrating 30 years of service at Field House Day Nursery

There was cause for celebration at Field House Day Nursery in Buckingham as colleagues honoured beloved Nursery Practitioner, Sallyann Grantham, as she marked her milestone 30 year anniversary at the award-winning setting.

Having started in 1991, a decade before the Tingewick Road nursery was acquired by Childbase Partnership, Sallyann is Field House’s longest serving member of staff and has helped to positively shape the lives of hundreds of children in her care throughout her career, whilst witnessing the transformation of the original 15 space setting to 131 spaces with upcoming barn conversion and new outdoor play area. 

To mark the special occasion, proud colleagues organised a ‘30 cards for 30 years’ initiative, where each day through November Sallyann receives a card from a colleague, past or present, penning memories and offering their congratulations, whilst Field House are also planning a celebration outside of nursery with team members from over the years, and planting a special tree outside in her honour.  

From taking part in traditions and events including the annual Buckingham Christmas Parades with the children to helping local people in need with Field House food bank drives, the surrounding community has been hugely important to Sallyann, who has gone on to marry and have two children of her own, and is often stopped around town by former families from the setting who remember her fondly.

Raising money for worthy causes has also been integral to Sallyann’s time at Field House, from making her famous rocky road for nursery bake sales to taking part in team fundraisers including go-kart days, these efforts have helped contribute to the £3million and counting that Childbase Partnership have raised for charities including ‘Mind’, ‘Alzheimer’s Society’ and ‘Cancer Research UK’ over the past 30 years.

Field House Deputy Manager, Lucy Piosek explained;

“Everyone that works with or knows Sallyann knows how much Field House means to her and how much she means to all us here. She is far more than just a colleague and over the years has become a good friend to many people, including the parents.”

Speaking of the achievement, Sallyann said;

“I started working at Field House when it first opened as a nursery in 1991. 30 years later, I am still here and feel part of the brickwork. I have looked after so many children who I still see now, and their parents. Some of the children are now parents themselves. I have got so many happy memories of the children and the people I have worked with over the years. It has been amazing to watch the small nursery grow and change but still have the same Field House family feel. I can’t see myself being anywhere else, here’s to the next 30 years”.


Cedars Day Nursery - Leighton Buzzard

We prioritise the importance of outdoor play at Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard. All children at our Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery have access to our large, natural garden area on a daily basis as we recognise the impact that being outdoors has on a child’s social, emotional and physical development. The children enjoy planting vegetables and tasting their produce, served by our dedicated Nursery Chef.

Cedars Day Nursery, Mentmore Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PA

Tel:  01525 850200