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Hampstead Gate Day Nursery children embark on acorn planting mission

Acorn planting at Hampstead Gate Day Nursery

Following an important appeal from The Parks Trust, children from Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes were delighted to take to the garden outside to plant acorns.

The project, which was motivated by the ash dieback which is killing vast amounts of ash trees across the country, called for local people to plant acorns in pots and nurture them for two years, before returning them to be planted in ancient woodlands across the area.

At the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue, pre-schoolers have enjoyed supporting the campaign, all whilst learning about the important role they are playing to maintain nearby habitats and eco-systems, as well as co-researching the life cycle of an acorn.

To support the learning experience, families have also been collecting autumnal resources on weekend walks which the children have used to create collages as well as other crafts.

It is for such activities that Hampstead Gate have earnt a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award, the highest accolade in the internationally-recognised Eco-Schools programme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.

Pre-schoolers take part in a curriculum of sustainable activities all year round, from growing herbs and vegetables which are used in meals to making habitats for wildlife, all whilst learning key educational messages, including the importance of nutrition to healthy lifestyles.

Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Team Leader, Ashleigh Smith explained;

“We are thrilled to be taking part in the acorn collection initiative this year and believe this will create a lovely lasting legacy, even after our children have left the nursery. This has also presented a range of learning opportunities as well as teaching responsibility, patience and awareness about the issues impacting our environment and how we can help.”

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Celebrating Black History Month at West Downs Day Nursery

West Downs Day Nursery celebrate Black History Month

Children from West Downs Day Nursery in Winchester have been celebrating Black History Month throughout October with a series of inspiring activities and learning opportunities.

At the award-winning setting on Romsey Road, pre-schoolers were delighted to share their dreams for themselves, their families and the wider world in a Martin Luther King inspired writing session, having learnt all about his famous speech and its impact through history.

Together the children learnt about each other’s hopes and wishes for the future and how they might achieve them, from going to the moon to reading every book in the world. The group also researched Black British history and enjoyed immersing themselves in the ‘Little Leaders’ book series which told the stories of pioneering figures including activist Rosa Parks, astronaut Dr Mae Jemison and jazz musician Louis Armstrong.

West Downs Day Nursery Team Leader, Danni Markwick explained;

“Black History Month has provided a brilliant platform to discuss the importance of equality, whilst learning about some truly inspirational people. At West Downs, ethnicity is included as a natural part of our planning process to ensure we have enabling and inclusive environments for every child in our care to thrive and flourish as individuals.”

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Knowle Green Day Nursery celebrate ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’

There were swashbuckling celebrations at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as children took part in a range of themed activities for ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’.

Dressed in costumes with accessories including bandanas and eyepatches, pre-schoolers from the award-winning setting on Knowle Green were delighted to get into character with a treasure hunt around the woodland adventure area outside, before showcasing their best pirate phrases, from ‘ahoy’ and ‘heave ho’ to ‘shiver me timbers!’

As part of the festivities, children also searched water trays for shipwrecks and gold coins, as well as singing sea shanties and reading their favourite pirate inspired storybooks.

Knowle Green Day Nursery Quality Manager, Hayley Blissett explained;

“We love to celebrate a wide range of occasions throughout the year and International Talk Like a Pirate Day provided a brilliant opportunity to promote imagination and creativity, encourage speech and increase confidence and self-esteem.”

Pirate Day at Knowle Green Day Nursery

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Marathon achievement for Childbase Partnership colleagues

There was cause for celebration at Sandfield Day Nursery in Headington and Brinds Well Day Nursery in Chelsfield as devoted colleagues from Childbase Partnership completed the Virtual TCS London Marathon, all in aid of company charity of the year, Bliss.

Completing the gruelling 26.2-mile course around her home in Brize Norton, emotions ran high as Sandfield Day Nursery Practitioner, Keeley Boakes crossed the finish line after months of vigorous training, raising a grand total of £571.00 for the worthy cause, which will now go towards helping babies born premature or sick, as well as their families.

Meanwhile, embarking on the course over a route spanning Orpington to Blackheath and back again, Brinds Well Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Jamie Lane and Nursery Practitioner, Chanel Robinson were delighted to finish the virtual marathon together, raising a grand total of £1,381.00 from generous supporters and families from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Hawstead Lane as a result of their combined efforts.

Brinds Well Day Nursery Practitioner, Chanel Robinson explained;

“This was such a big achievement for us and we are so proud to have finished. We kept each other going and even though it took us longer than we expected, we still completed it with a smile on our face. Not only is Bliss our charity of the year, but we have colleagues who have required their services in the past and we really wanted to show our support, although we are sore and tired, we are thrilled to be helping families that need it most.”

The Virtual TCS London Marathon took place on Sunday 2nd October and gave participants the opportunity to take on the 26.2-mile challenge from a location of their choice.

Keeley at Brinds Well Day Nursery runs Virtual London Marathon

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Fundraising triumph at Rowan Tree Day Nursery

Festivities were well underway at Rowan Tree Day Nursery in Welwyn Garden City as families gathered for a fun day at the setting, all whilst raising vital funds for charity Bliss.

From traditional carnival games including hook-a-duck and a beanbag toss, to exciting pony rides courtesy of a local stables, children from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Guessens Road were delighted to immerse themselves in all the occasion had to offer.

Meanwhile, parents enjoyed socialising over an array of refreshments, as well as taking part in a tombola and guess the teddy name game, all to raise vital funds for the worthy cause.

As a result of their efforts and the generosity of families involved, Rowan Tree Day Nursery raised a grand total of £871.00, which will now go towards helping babies who are born sick or premature get the care they need, as well as supporting families and medical teams.

Rowan Tree Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Rachel Clarke explained;

“We had a wonderful turn out to our family fun day and this was a brilliant opportunity to catch up with nursery families and introduce them to our beautiful outdoor area and learning spaces for the children. We are so grateful for the support in our fundraising efforts and are thrilled to be making this donation to such a special charity.”

Rowan Tree Day Nursery have adopted Bliss for a year-long fundraising drive.

Family fun day at Rowan Tree Day Nursery

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Childbase Partnership goes ‘Climate Positive’

Highbury Lodge children celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day

There were swashbuckling celebrations at Highbury Lodge Day Nursery in Hitchin as children took part in a range of themed activities for ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’.

Dressed in costumes with accessories including bandanas and eyepatches, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Highbury Road were delighted to have their faces painted by talented practitioners, before getting into character by showcasing their best pirate phrases, from ‘ahoy’ and ‘heave ho’ to ‘shiver me timbers!’

As part of the festivities, children also showcased their creativity by making their very own treasure maps, as well as searching for treasure in the garden outside, having a go at ‘walking the plank’, singing sea shanties and reading their favourite pirate storybooks.

Highbury Lodge Day Nursery Manager, Carol Kewley explained;

“We love to celebrate a wide range of occasions throughout the year and International Talk Like a Pirate Day provided a brilliant opportunity to promote imagination and creativity, encourage speech and increase confidence and self-esteem.”

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Getting close to nature at Hampstead Gate Day Nursery

Pre-schoolers from Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes were delighted to witness the life cycle of a butterfly first hand, thanks to a special live growing and observation kit at the setting, before gathering in the garden to set them free.

At the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue, children were captivated as they watched the caterpillars transform into a chrysalis over the weeks, before emerging as butterflies in their final stages. The group then took to the garden outside, where they released the creatures and even dressed up as them in inspired outfits to mark the occasion.  

Following on from this, children were keen to co-research the different types of butterflies that are native to the UK using books and the smart board, as well as investigating the steps they could take to attract more of them to the garden in the warmer months. 

It is for such activities that Hampstead Gate have been awarded a prestigious Green Flag as part of the international Eco-Schools scheme, the highest accolade is the programme, which is given for exceptional environmental conservation and awareness practices.

Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Team Leader, Ashleigh Smith explained;

“We had a brilliant few weeks watching the caterpillars transform into butterflies and everyone was fascinated to watch this process in person. This was such a rich learning experience for the children, which has also provided them with a deeper understanding of both metamorphosis and the natural world around them.”

Hampstead Gate children release butterflies into wild

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Top of the crops at Knowle Green Day Nursery

Knowle Green Veg Patch

There were exciting learning opportunities at every turn for children at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as they took to the garden outside to pick their homegrown crops.

Having grown a successful harvest of tomatoes and peppers in their allotment area, budding young horticulturists from the award-winning setting on Knowle Green were delighted to pick the ripened produce, which was then enjoyed by the group as part of their daily snack.

It is for such activities that Knowle Green have earnt a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award, the highest accolade in the internationally-recognised Eco-Schools programme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.

Pre-schoolers take part in a curriculum of sustainable activities all year round, from crafting with natural and recycled materials to making habitats for wildlife, all whilst learning key educational messages, including the importance of nutrition to healthy lifestyles.

Knowle Green Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Chelsea Basley explained;

“The children love tending to their allotment area and this has been such a rewarding process for everyone involved. They have loved tracking the progress of their crops, and these initiatives offer a host of benefits, including aiding concentration, encouraging responsibility and gaining a better insight into where our food comes from.”

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Windmill Hill Day Nursery colleagues take on charity Snowdon climb

Windmill Hill Day Nursery team climb Snowdon

A devoted childcare team from Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon have completed a climb up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, all in the name of charity.

As a result of their efforts, Nursery Manager, Lora Worthington and colleagues Stephanie Haygreen, Shannon Williams and Imogen Webb from the award-winning setting on Windmill Hill Business Park, were delighted to raise a grand total of £771.00 for charity ‘Bliss’, which will now go towards helping support babies who were born premature or sick.

The climb up Snowdon, which sits at 1,085 metres above sea level, is the latest in a series of fundraising initiatives for the Windmill Hill team, whose colleagues have recently spent the night ‘sleeping rough’ under the stars as part of the Childbase Partnership ‘Big Sleep Out’, as well as a sponsored scoot with the children, raffles and more to raise funds for the cause.

Windmill Hill Day Nursery Manager, Lora Worthington explained;

“Climbing Snowdon was a tough but fantastic experience, made all the more worth it by knowing this money will do so much good for families that need it most. We are so grateful for the support we’ve had and the generosity of our nursery parents and colleagues.”

Windmill Hill Day Nursery have adopted Bliss for a year-long fundraising drive.

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Celebrating three decades of service to thousands of Bedford children

Lavenders Day Nursery practitioner celebrates 30 years

After 30 years looking after generations of children at the Ofsted-rated Outstanding Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford, Margaret Sanders says retirement isn’t an option as she would be leaving her heart behind.

In a surprise tribute to the former Deputy Manager of Lavenders in Bushmead Avenue, balloons, and photographs of her career to date adorned the nursery when Margaret arrived for work on the anniversary of her first day.

“I was overwhelmed and will never forget this special day. I love my job and Lavenders is a second home. I can’t imagine being anywhere else – my heart is here and always will be,” said Margaret.

Lavenders Manager, Dizzie Newberry, praised Margaret for her dedicated service to all children.

“Her passion and commitment to excellence in Early Years is evident in her work every single day in nursery. The children love her and parents were afraid that the anniversary celebrations would trigger her retirement,” she said.

Starting at Lavenders after gaining a college Diploma in Childcare and Education (formerly NNEB), Margaret has continued Early Years Care and education training throughout her career and has found her real home in the Preschool Room.

“This is without doubt my favourite posting. To say it is rewarding is an understatement when you are witness to enormous strides forward being achieved by children in their last year at nursery,” said Margaret.

“To see a child who couldn’t hold a pencil on their first day in Preschool writing their names before leaving for school is very emotional. I am also teaching the children of children I taught years ago and that is very special,” said Margaret who is mother to another graduate of the nursery, her 21-year-old daughter.   

Lavenders Day Nursery is part of the award-winning, employee owned Childbase Partnership which will celebrate Margaret at a Long Service Dinner in November.

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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

Email: cedars.nursery@childbase.com