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Lime Grove Day Nursery celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week

There were learning opportunities at every turn for children at Lime Grove Day Nursery in Hemel Hempstead as they took part in activities for National Children’s Gardening Week.

After discussing the importance of bees and other pollinating insects to the planet, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Park Road planted a range of native and pollinator plants in their garden to attract wildlife and bugs, including lavender, basil, rosemary, thyme, violas and wildflower seeds, in line with their Eco-Schools project.

During the experience, children used their fine motor skills to dig into the soil with their very own tools and bury the seeds, as well as using their senses to take in the aromas of the different herbs and counting the insects that they saw on the ground and in the mud.

As part of the celebrations, the group created a total of three bug hotels around their new planting areas and learnt why this would benefit the ecosystem, as well as reading themed books including their Childbase Partnership written storybook, ‘Harry and the Bug Hotel’.

It is for such activities that Lime Grove have earnt a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award with Distinction, the highest accolade in the internationally recognised Eco-Schools programme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices, through activities including growing vegetables and crafting with natural materials.

The nursery are also proud holders of the RHS School Gardening Award at Level 2, and are currently working towards Level 3 with initiatives around composting and practical skills.

Lime Grove Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Yasmin Diver explained;

“National Children’s Gardening Week has provided some lovely opportunities to build on our eco skills and knowledge and we can’t wait to see which insects our new flowers and bug hotels attract. Our children are so enthusiastic about our eco-curriculum and are really passionate about making a positive difference, which is incredible and hugely inspiring.”

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Pirate Day fun at Lavenders Day Nursery

Lavenders Pirate Day

There were swashbuckling celebrations at Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford as children took part in a range of themed activities to mark a special Pirate Day at the setting.

Following a focus on maps, children from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bushmead Avenue were interested to learn more about pirates, inspiring the festivities which included a special garden treasure hunt, gem and coin sorting and pirate yoga whilst dressed in costume complete with bandanas, eyepatches and even parrots.

As part of the experience, children showcased their creativity by making pirate hats and ship building, before showcasing their best pirate phrases, from ‘ahoy’ to ‘shiver me timbers!’ over a pirate party feast and taking home the piece of gold they found earlier in the day.

Lavenders Day Nursery Manager, Dizzie Newberry explained;

“We love to follow the children’s interests in nursery, and this was such a fun and interactive way to develop their learning on the topic. This also provided a brilliant opportunity to encourage speech, language and creativity and increase confidence and self-esteem.”

 

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Cooking up a storm at Knowle Green Day Nursery

Knowle Green cooking session

There were learning opportunities at every turn for children at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as they took part in exciting cooking sessions with their talented Nursery Chef.

After putting on their hair nets and aprons, children from the award-winning setting on Knowle Green were delighted to receive a masterclass from Nursery Chef, Carol Garland, who taught pre-schoolers how to make their very own cheese puff snacks, following an interest in cooking from the group after making dinner with their parents at home.  

During the experience, children used their language and communication skills to describe the ingredients they were using and the textures they could feel, as well as talking about the different food groups and learning important kitchen safety messages.

Knowle Green Day Nursery Manager, Chanelle Weaver explained;

“The children had a brilliant time taking part in the cooking session and found the process from baking to eating incredibly rewarding. They were captivated by Carol’s knowledge and couldn’t wait to tell their families all about their new-found culinary skills.”

Knowle Green Day Nursery are proud holders of the ‘Food for Life Served Here’ award, which acknowledges their use of ethically sourced ingredients, including the children’s homegrown garden produce and teachings on the importance of good nutrition to lifestyles.

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National Children’s Gardening Week at Westwood Day Nursery

There were learning opportunities at every turn for children at Westwood Day Nursery in Coventry as they celebrated National Children’s Gardening Week with a series of activities.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Westwood Business Park, green fingered children showcased their talents as they planted a selection of herbs and vegetables in the garden outside, using their fine motor skills to dig into the soil and bury the seeds, which they will monitor over the coming months, before being used in meals by Nursery Chefs.

The activities follow an ‘Eco-Week’ celebration at the setting, where children took part in a series of inspired initiatives to learn about the importance of protecting the planet, as well as holding their very own march outside the nursery building to spread the message.

It is for such activities that Westwood 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, through activities including creating habitats for wildlife and crafting with natural materials.

Westwood Day Nursery Manager, Lyndsey Matthews explained;

“The children love immersing themselves in the eco-activities on offer and this has become a real interest within the group. One of our pre-schoolers came into nursery with a handcrafted save the planet cup following our celebrations so its really lovely to see that these learning experiences are having an impact at home. We had a wonderful time planting and can’t wait to see and taste the results of our hard work in the summer when they’re ready to pick.”

National Children’s Gardening Week takes place from 27th May to 4th June 2023.

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Westwood Day Nursery mark Mental Health Awareness Week

Managers from Westwood Day Nursery in Coventry showed their appreciation for their dedicated colleagues with a series of initiatives during Mental Health Awareness Week.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Westwood Business Park, teams were each gifted wellbeing bags to boost morale, with contents including tea and coffee pouches, positive quotes and affirmations, sweet treats and stationary, whilst colleagues created the time to talk about anything that was on their minds, no matter how big or small it seemed.

As part of the festivities, children explored feelings using their beloved ‘The Colour Monster’ storybook, before showcasing their creativity with drawings to represent various expressions.

Westwood Day Nursery Manager, Lyndsey Matthews explained;

“World Mental Health Day provided a brilliant opportunity to remind ourselves of the small steps we can take to improve the wellbeing of ourselves and those around us. We always strive to show our colleagues how much they mean to us and how much we appreciate the incredible work they do, as well as open up the dialogue on this important topic.”

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Sandfield Day Nursery mark Mental Health Awareness Week

Sandfield Mental Health Awareness Week

Colleagues from Sandfield Day Nursery in Headington were delighted to take part in a series of themed initiatives to mark Mental Health Awareness Week at the setting.

Dressed up to take part in the Mental Health Foundation’s ‘Wear it Green Day’, teams from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Sandfield Road exchanged handwritten postcards with messages of positivity to inspire and made time to talk, before each receiving fidget keyring gifts from managers to help ease feelings of anxiety, nerves and restlessness.

Meanwhile, children took part in a range of activities to mark the occasion, from talking about their feelings with the help of their beloved ‘The Colour Monster’ storybook, to taking part in mindfulness activities including yoga to learn how to better improve emotional regulation.

Sandfield Day Nursery Business Administrator, Becci Worth explained;

“We had a fantastic time taking part in activities for Mental Health Awareness Week and this provided so many valuable opportunities to talk about wellbeing with both children and colleagues. We strive to show our staff team how valued they are with a range of gestures and events throughout the year, and always keep an open dialogue around this topic.”

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Mental Health Awareness Week at Nature Trails Day Nursery

Colleagues from Nature Trails Day Nursery in Cawston were delighted to take part in a series of themed initiatives to mark Mental Health Awareness Week at the setting.

At the award-winning day nursery on Coventry Road, teams were set the daily task of finding the ‘positive potato’ hidden around the building, with winners each receiving a prize at the end of the festivities, as well as being able to adopt their crocheted potato with message which read, ‘I may be a tiny potato, but I believe in you. Go do your thing.’

As part of the occasion, colleagues took part in the Mental Health Foundation ‘Wear it Green Day’ and enjoyed ‘Thrive’ mental wellbeing drop-in sessions, as well as free access to the app through their company Childbase Partnership, as well as sweet treats in the staff room.

Meanwhile, children took part in a range of activities to mark the occasion, from talking about their feelings with the help of their beloved ‘The Colour Monster’ storybook, to taking part in mindfulness activities including yoga to learn how to better improve emotional regulation.

Nature Trails Day Nursery Business Administrator, Georgina Ross-Barnard explained;

“Mental Health Awareness Week presented so many brilliant opportunities to talk about wellbeing and our children and colleagues had a fantastic time immersing themselves in all the activities on offer. We always strive to show our colleagues how much we appreciate them, as well as keep an open dialogue on this important topic for everyone at nursery.”

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Edwinstowe Day Nursery mark Mental Health Awareness Week

Edwinstowe Mental Health Awareness Week

Colleagues from Edwinstowe Close Day Nursery in Cambridge were delighted to take part in a series of themed initiatives to mark Mental Health Awareness Week at the setting.

From playing mindfulness games and mental health bingo, to learning breathing exercises to reduce feelings of anxiety, there were a host of wellbeing activities on offer to teams at the award-winning day nursery off Chaucer Road, who have permanent access to a staff self-care basket, filled with items to take including bath bombs, face masks and herbal tea.

During the festivities, colleagues enjoyed a ‘Dress to Express Day’ and mindfulness tasks including creating their own model animals using playdough, as well as fruit platters and cakes in the staff room and free resources including yoga handouts to use at home.

Meanwhile, teams created a display in the reception area inspired by the story of ‘The Colour Monster’ which was used to generate conversations around feelings with the children, as well as yoga and mindfulness activities within each age-appropriate room. 

Edwinstowe Close Day Nursery Manager, Fran Harris explained;

“We have had a lovely time marking Mental Health Awareness Week and we hope that we have made a real impact. Earlier in the year on World Kindness Day, we tasked each team member with writing a thoughtful message to another colleague, which we saved for this week and had made into a keyring for each of them. These have gone down so well, and we hope this is a permanent reminder to our staff that they are incredibly special and valued.”

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Mental Health Awareness Week at Nene Valley Day Nursery

Nene Valley Mental Health Awareness Week

Managers from Nene Valley Day Nursery in Northampton showed their appreciation for their colleagues and parents with a series of initiatives during Mental Health Awareness Week.

At the award-winning setting on Northampton General Hospital Complex, devoted staff teams were gifted with ‘happiness bags’ to boost morale, which contained gifts to promote wellbeing including a candle, sweets, wishing star and plasters, whilst colleagues spoke about the benefits of using positive affirmations and set up a station to help encourage this.

During the week of festivities, parents and colleagues were greeted with a ‘positivi-tea’ board as they entered the nursery in the morning, filled with different flavoured tea bags which they could help themselves to in exchange for adding a positive post-it note, with contributions including ‘you are strong’, ‘you are capable’ and ‘your feelings matter’.

Meanwhile, children took part in a range of activities to mark the occasion, from talking about their feelings with the help of their beloved ‘The Colour Monster’ storybook, to taking part in mindfulness activities including yoga to learn how to better improve emotional regulation.

Nene Valley Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Hayley Baverstock explained;

“Talking about mental health is more important now than ever before and we have had a fantastic week making this known in nursery. Research has shown that people who start their day with positive thoughts are more likely to experience feelings of happiness throughout the day, so we really wanted to promote these positive affirmations in the morning. We have also got a new wellbeing bucket list poster for our staff room, which colleagues can scratch off as they go, with tasks including start a journal, do a good deed, reconnect with nature and make a new friend.”

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Lime Grove Day Nursery children enjoy police visit

Lime Grove children welcome police officer

Following an interest in ‘people that help us’, children from Lime Grove Day Nursery in Hemel Hempstead were delighted to welcome a police officer to the setting to learn more.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Park Road, pre-schoolers were captivated as they listened to the officer speak about his important role in keeping people safe within the community, before giving the group a guided tour of the specialist police car and sirens.

As part of the learning opportunity, the Hertfordshire constable showed children the equipment he used as part of his role, which inspired role play activities back indoors, as well as answering burning questions from the group and sharing top tips for staying safe. 

Lime Grove Day Nursery Team Leader, Robyn Shuck explained;

“This was a hugely insightful experience for the children and we are extremely grateful to the police officer for giving up his time to come and visit. This provided a brilliant opportunity for the pre-schoolers to find out more about the positive impact the emergency services have in our community, whilst focusing on language development and safety messages.”

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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