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Mayor joins Knowle Green Day Nursery children for royal celebration

Knowle Green Coronation

Festivities were well underway at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as families and colleagues took part in a series of celebrations to mark the Coronation of King Charles.

At the award-winning setting on Knowle Green, children were delighted to welcome local Mayor, Cllr Susan Doran to the nursery with a bouquet of red, white and blue flowers, where she joined families for their Coronation Spring Fayre, complete with carnival games including a coconut shy and hook-a-duck, cake stalls, a hotdog stand, charity raffle and more.

As well as socialising with parents and staff, the Mayor cut a special Coronation cake to commemorate the event and praised families for their fundraising efforts, with the Spring Fayre raising over £1,500 for The Trussell Trust thanks to their generous donations.

During the celebrations, pre-schoolers showcased their creativity by making a Union Jack card for King Charles, before penning their well wishes and delivering it to the post box.

Knowle Green Day Nursery Manager, Chanelle Weaver explained;

“We had a fantastic evening celebrating with our incredible nursery families and we are so grateful to the Mayor for taking time out of her busy schedule to be part of this experience. We are thrilled to be supporting our local food bank and helping local people who need it most and hope the memories of this special event stay with the children for years to come.”

Knowle Green have adopted The Trussell Trust for a year-long fundraising drive, with regular donations to the Runnymede Foodbank.

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Hertford Barns Day Nursery mark Deaf Awareness Week

Hertford Barns Deaf Awareness Week

There were learning opportunities at every turn for children at Hertford Barns Day Nursery in Hertford as they marked Deaf Awareness Week with a series of educational activities.

Inspired by the Coronation of King Charles, pre-schoolers from the award-winning setting on Cole Green explored picture books of the royal family, all whilst learning signs for family members, including ‘grandmother’ for the late Queen and ‘father’ for Prince William.

At the setting, children each have their very own ‘family book’, complete with pictures and labels of family members and their relationships, helping to comfort and aid settling in, as well as support cognitive development and communication and language skills, with tailored books for hearing impaired children, featuring British Sign Language imagery.

As part of the activities, children showcased their creativity by making musical shakers, discussing the sounds they could hear and learning about the power of instruments and their vibrations in helping those with hearing loss to experience music. 

All colleagues at Hertford Barns are currently learning British Sign Language and are supported by a specialist teacher who visits the setting once a week to help staff.

Hertford Barns Day Nursery Manager, Jenny Pratt explained;

“All the children loved joining in with the sign language and making shakers with the array of loose parts available to them. Deaf Awareness Week has been hugely insightful and we are all enjoying learning together as a team, we are also delighted to be having Baby Beats join us at our next staff meeting, who use British Sign Language alongside music to teach.”

“It’s important for us to ensure every single child is fully supported and represented at our nursery, this ranges from toys, including dolls wearing cochlear implants, to a dedicated SENDCO who works alongside families to help them get the most from their Early Years experience”, she added.

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Coronation celebrations at Nene Valley Day Nursery

There was a ‘right royal celebration’ at Nene Valley Day Nursery in Northampton as colleagues hosted a special breakfast for families to mark the Coronation of King Charles.

At the award-winning setting on Northampton General Hospital Complex, parents joined children and staff to commemorate the historic event, socialising over a spread of fresh pastries, fruit and traditional scones, complete with activities including crown making and decorating, as well as themed story sessions and sing-alongs to further knowledge.

As part of the festivities, guests dressed in red, white and blue and brought in donations of essential food and household items for the Bedford Foodbank, contributing over 100 tins, whilst families also enjoyed a bake sale featuring the children’s homemade cakes and biscuits, with all proceeds going to The Trussell Trust to help local people who need it most.

Nene Valley Day Nursery Manager, Jade Shillington explained;

“We had a fantastic time celebrating the Coronation with our wonderful nursery families, whilst developing the children’s understanding of our new King in a fun and interactive way. There were endless learning opportunities, from promoting early literacy with read and rhyme sessions, to developing fine motor skills by encouraging independence with cutlery.”

“We are so grateful for the continued support of our nursery families and are thrilled to be supporting The Trussell Trust in the process”, she added.

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Emscote House Day Nursery children learn about life cycles

There were exciting learning opportunities at every turn for children at Emscote House Day Nursery in Leamington Spa as they observed real tadpoles to find out more about life cycles.

Having been provided to the nursery by a parent and a staff member, children from the award-winning setting on Warwick Place were delighted to follow the journey from frogspawn to tadpole, watching the process in real time, whilst co-researching with books and resources to further their knowledge on the next steps in the journey to becoming frogs.

This inspired the group to showcase their creativity by making a special rock pool for the tadpoles to enjoy as frogs, as well as using chia seeds and water to recreate the texture of frogspawn and enjoying finger painting activities to make their very own tadpole pictures.

At Emscote House, children take part in sustainable activities all year round, from planting and growing vegetables to crafting with natural materials, leading them to earn a prestigious ‘Green Flag’, the highest accolade in the international Eco-Schools programme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.

Emscote House Day Nursery Quality Manager, Laura Colclough explained;

“Having the tadpoles in nursery has been a hugely rich learning experience for the children and they have been captivated as they observed the physical changes taking place. This has given them a much better insight into life cycles and the process of metamorphosis, as well as an introduction to basic scientific messages and new vocabulary.”

Emscote House tadpoles

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Generations unite for Coronation Party at Lavenders Day Nursery

Lavenders Salvete Coronation Tea Party

There were smiles all round at Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford as residents of the local care home joined children for a special tea party to mark the Coronation of King Charles.

Having made regular visits to Salvete Care Home since Christmas, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bushmead Avenue were delighted to welcome their new friends for tea and Victoria sponge cake in the garden outside, whilst discussing the impending celebrations and what they would mean for the country.

As part of the festivities, children showcased their creativity by making red, white and blue themed flags which they gifted to the residents, whilst the group shared related stories and sang songs together to commemorate the important event in history.

Lavenders Day Nursery Manager, Dizzie Newberry explained;

“The children love their trips to Salvete and were desperate for the residents to come and visit, this felt like the perfect occasion and everyone had such a lovely time. We believe the two age groups can learn so much from each other and projects like this one can help improve mental, social and physical wellbeing, as well as encouraging good citizenship.”

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Coronation celebrations at Woodlands Day Nursery

Woodlands King's Coronation Celebrations

Festivities were well underway at Woodlands Day Nursery in Barnet as children and colleagues took part in a series of celebrations to mark the Coronation of King Charles.

At the award-winning setting on Orchard Road, pre-schoolers were delighted to showcase their creativity with a range of themed activities, from making their very own masterpieces of the monarch, to putting together unique time capsules in their age-appropriate rooms, which were filled with special items to commemorate the event and buried in the garden outside. 

As part of the occasion, children welcomed nursery parents to the setting to read stories relating to the Coronation, including the ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ story of King Charles, as well as enjoying a celebratory tea party complete with handmade sandwiches, cakes and scones, and even a visit from the King himself in the form of a life-sized cardboard cut-out.

Having dressed in their finest royal-inspired outfits and homemade crowns, children and colleagues were also thrilled to raise a grand total of £45.00 for The Trussell Trust, having pledged a year-long fundraising and donation drive for the worthy cause.

Woodlands Day Nursery Business Administrator, Sophia Southam explained;

“We love to mark a variety of special occasions throughout the year at Woodlands and it is always lovely to have our nursery families join us to help create these lasting memories. The children have had a fantastic time preparing for the Coronation and this has presented some incredibly rich learning opportunities, all whilst helping to raise funds for our local food bank.”

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Cedar Park Day Nursery children deliver royal mail

Cedar Park King Charles letter

Ahead of the King’s Coronation at the weekend, children from Cedar Park Day Nursery in Twyford were delighted to take a walk to their nearest post box to deliver a special letter. 

Having learnt all about the celebrations that would be taking place around the historic ceremony, pre-schoolers from the award-winning setting on Bridge Farm Road were inspired to pen their well wishes to King Charles, before making the trip to post it and admiring the patriotic decorations displayed all around the village, even including a duck wearing a crown.

Across the setting, children took part in a range of crafting activities to mark the occasion, whilst learning about the royal family, Buckingham Palace, and the soldiers who guard it.  Cedar Park Day Nursery Manager, Rachael Main explained;  

“The children were thrilled to write their letter to the King and are very excited to be part of this special event. Not only did this give them a better understanding of the world around them, but was a brilliant opportunity to develop communication and writing skills.”

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Creating a buzz at Windmill Hill Day Nursery

Following an interest in insects and their life cycles, children from Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon were delighted to welcome a grandparent to the setting to learn all about bees.

Sharing their expert knowledge as a keen beekeeper, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Windmill Hill Business Park were captivated as they listened to facts from their special guest, including why bees are so important to our ecosystem, the boost that beekeeping gives to the bee population and the process of how honey is made.

As part of the learning experience, children were inspired to take to the gardens to find out how they could encourage more bees to their outside spaces in the warmer summer months, as well as discussing why we must look after the plants and wildlife in our environment.

At Windmill Hill, children take part in sustainable activities all year round, from planting and growing vegetables to crafting with natural materials, leading them to earn a prestigious ‘Green Flag’, the highest accolade in the international Eco-Schools programme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.

Windmill Hill Day Nursery Quality Manager, Karamay Pritchett explained;

“It’s really important for us to involve our families and wider community in our interests in nursery as this can help to create so many rich learning opportunities. It’s lovely for our guests to be able to share their passion, whilst having a real influence on the children, who are always delighted to have visitors. The pre-schoolers show so much enthusiasm towards our eco-projects and we believe this will stand them in great stead for the rest of their lives.” 

Windmill Hill beekeeping

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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