Cedars Summer Fete raises funds for food banks

Cedars Summer Fete

The sun was shining for families and colleagues at Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard as they gathered for their annual Summer Fete, all whilst raising vital funds for charity.

At the award-winning setting on Mentmore Road, children were delighted to immerse themselves in the fun and games on offer, with attractions including hook-a-duck, arts and crafts, face painting and meet and greets with beloved Teletubbies and Paw Patrol characters, whilst parents enjoyed browsing a selection of stalls from local businesses.

During the festivities, families enjoyed a selection of refreshments including spiced burgers, samosas, pakoras and mango lassi from Kavita’s Indian Kitchen, the business of talented Nursery Chef, Chhavi, as well as a series of charity tombolas for The Trussell Trust, with proceeds from the day raising a grand total of £949.00 for the worthy cause, which will help to provide emergency food parcels to local people who need it most.   

The Summer Fete is the latest in a series of fundraisers for the Cedars team, whose colleagues have recently taken part in initiatives including a climb up Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland, as well as regular collections for their local food bank.

Cedars Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Laura Farrell explained;

“We had a brilliant day at the Summer Fete and have had such lovely feedback from our families, who are always incredibly supportive of our social events and fundraisers. Together, we are able to make a positive impact on our community and provide crucial support to those facing hardship, which also sets an amazing example to the children in our care.”

Cedars have adopted The Trussell Trust for a year-long fundraising and donation drive.



Celebrating the ‘Class of 2023’ at Seabrook Day Nursery

Seabrook Graduation 2023

There were bittersweet celebrations at Seabrook Day Nursery in Luton as pre-school children marked the end of their time at the award-winning setting with a special weekend graduation ceremony, surrounded by their friends, families and proud practitioners.

Dressed in their traditional gowns and mortar boards, children from Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Lewsey Road were delighted to receive their certificates of achievement, before posing for photos and receiving a special graduation gift pack containing their pictures from the day and bespoke ‘Class of 2023’ photo frame.

As part of the unicorn and space themed celebrations, which were opted for by children at the setting, families enjoyed a range of carnival games including hook-a-duck and tin can alley, a photobooth with graduation themed props, sweet treats baked by talented Nursery Chefs and even a visit from a giant unicorn to mark the milestone occasion.

Seabrook Day Nursery Team Leader, Tegan Kightley explained;

“We are enormously proud of all the children as they reach the end of their pre-school journey and will be incredibly sad to see them go. However, we know that they are ready to take on this exciting new adventure and can’t wait to hear all about how they are getting on and all the new experiences that going to school brings.”



Grasshoppers Summer Fete raises over £1000 for charity

Grasshoppers Summer Fete

The sun was shining for families and colleagues at Grasshoppers Day Nursery in Aylesbury as they gathered for their annual Summer Fete, all whilst raising vital funds for charity.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Wendover Road, children were delighted to immerse themselves in the fun and games on offer, with attractions including hook-a-duck, arts and crafts tables, soft play, face painting, photobooth and refreshments for all to enjoy. 

During the festivities, families had the opportunity to browse a variety of stalls and take part in a chocolate and bottle tombola, as well as a charity raffle for The Trussell Trust, with prizes including gift hampers, local restaurant vouchers, designer sets, toys and books, with proceeds from the day raising a grand total of £1295.00 for the worthy cause, which will help to provide emergency food parcels to people in the community who need it most. 

Grasshoppers Day Nursery Charity Representative, Sophie Cumming explained;

“The Summer Fete was an incredible success and we are over the moon to be able to make this donation to The Trussell Trust, which will make a real difference to local people. Our nursery colleagues and families always go above and beyond to make these events special and are always so generous with their time and kindness towards the causes we support.”

Grasshoppers have adopted The Trussell Trust for a year-long fundraising & donation drive.



Knowle Green children enjoy author visit

Knowle Green children with Andrew Weale

There was excitement for young book lovers at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as they welcomed talented children’s author, Andrew Weale, for a special storytelling session.

Known for his titles including ‘One Newt in a Suit’ and ‘Dinosaur Doo’, pre-schoolers from the award-winning setting were captivated as they listened to a selection of stories written and read by the author, complete with group actions throughout, much to the delight of children.

As part of the exciting experience, children were able to ask Andrew questions about his stories and his path to becoming a published author, as well as having their books signed.

Following on from the visit, pre-schoolers have enjoyed activities themed around the beloved story of ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson, which children picked as their ‘book of the week’, having been inspired by green parakeet feathers found in the garden outside.

From making rice krispie nest cakes and acting out the story, to making potions inspired by the character of ‘The Witch’ and creating bird feeders for the garden parakeets using natural and recycled materials, there were endless chances for children to showcase creativity in learning opportunities led by dedicated Pre-School Team Leader, Sammie Betts.

Knowle Green Day Nursery Manager, Chanelle Weaver explained;

“Our pre-schoolers had such a wonderful time during Andrew’s visit and were transported by his storytelling abilities. The children absolutely love books and we hope that this session will continue to ignite a lifelong passion for reading, which we will nurture until they go to school.”



Art and nature at Nene Valley

Art and nature at Nene Valley

There were learning opportunities at every turn for children at Nene Valley Day Nursery in Cliftonville as they took part in a range of activities to immerse themselves in art and nature.

At the award-winning setting on Cliftonville General Hospital Complex, pre-schoolers were delighted to co-research iconic artists including Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Gustav Klimt and their unique individual styles using books and the interactive whiteboard, before showcasing their creativity by painting their own inspired masterpieces.

Continuing with their art exploration, talented children moved onto making art collages using loose parts including pasta shapes and natural materials collected from the garden outside, using tweezers to arrange and stick their pieces whilst developing their fine motor skills.

As part of the activities, pre-schoolers explored the concept of growth by planting their very own seeds for both sunflowers and fruit, watering the plants and monitoring their growth as they practiced measuring, all whilst aiding maths skills and language and communication.

The outdoor experiences extended to large scale mark making using chalks, water and large sweeping brushes, with children developing the skills for early writing as they expressed themselves and used core muscles and gross motor skills to create patterns and designs.

Nene Valley Day Nursery Manager, Jade Shillington explained;

“Our art and nature experiences provide countless benefits for our nursery children. Not only do they enhance their cognitive skills, develop problem-solving abilities, and boost their self-confidence, but promote sensory development and encourage a love for learning that will last a lifetime.”



Devonshire scoop second Green Flag with Distinction

Devonshire Green Flag with Distinction

There was cause for celebration at Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick as proud children and colleagues learnt that they had received another prestigious eco-accreditation.

After scooping a ‘Green Flag’ with distinction as part of the international Eco-Schools programme last year, children from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day setting on Bennett Street were delighted to earn the top award for the second year running, following a sustained environmental project and curriculum of ‘green’ topics, involving all ages.

The accolade, which is the highest achievement in the international programme, recognises sustainable initiatives in nursery, which include growing vegetables, creating habitats for wildlife, crafting with natural and recycled materials, litter picking sessions and more.

This year, Devonshire children and colleagues have put emphasis on global citizenship by sponsoring a polar bear to help protect the creatures from climate change, as well as focusing on garden biodiversity by planting bee friendly flowers and installing bug hotels.

Devonshire also has its own dedicated Eco-Committee, which is led by a devoted Eco-Representative and made up of a number of Pre-School children who take a lead role in ensuring the rest of nursery is environmentally considerate by ensuring resources like paper aren’t wasted, taps are not left running and that knowledge is shared.

Praising the achievement, an Eco-Schools Representative explained;

“Your hard work and dedication has inspired young people and empowered them with the belief that they can positively impact our planet – this is something incredibly special. Thank you for submitting such a terrific application. We have loved reading about your journey this year and think that the positive messages you are giving your children about charity and looking after our wildlife is a real strength of your application.”

Devonshire Day Nursery Manager, Emmy Avery said;

“We are immensely proud of our nursery children for their extraordinary achievement. They are the future stewards of our planet, and with their unwavering dedication, we are confident that a greener and more sustainable world is within reach.”

Childbase Partnership has recently been named ‘Early Years Provider of the Year’ by Keep Britain Tidy for earning the Eco-Schools ‘Green Flag’ award in every single nursery setting, a record-breaking sector first, which recognises exceptional environmental awareness efforts.

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Culture Week at Maples

There were endless learning opportunities for children at Maples Day Nursery in Winchester as they took part in a special Culture Week to find out more about other countries.

Inspired by one of their nursery families who come from Lithuania, pre-schoolers started by researching the country and its summer customs, leading them to create their very own flower crowns using an array of natural and recycled materials, which they wore with garlands whilst dancing around a homemade bonfire to traditional Lithuanian music. 

After enjoying a Lithuanian-influenced picnic tea in the garden outside, children learnt more about the way in which food brings people together in different cultures and had a go at making a variety of dishes, with recipes shared with nursery families to re-create at home.

As part of the festivities, children went on to focus on India, admiring the beautiful patterns and fabrics of traditional clothing, before showcasing their creativity by making their own mandalas using coloured salt, all whilst developing their fine motor skills and co-ordination.

To round off the celebrations, families were invited to a Culture Fayre at the setting, complete with a variety of activities to help learn more about each other’s backgrounds, with parents sending in songs, poems and information to inform and create discussions.

Maples Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Lou Rowe explained;

“Fostering cultural respect from a young age is hugely important and nursery provides the perfect space for our little ones to develop an understanding and appreciation for the diverse world that we live in. We had a brilliant week exploring different backgrounds and traditions, and having the input of our families helped create so many rich learning experiences.”

Maples Culture Week



Cooking up a storm at Hertford Barns

Following an interest in The Gruffalo, children from Hertford Barns Day Nursery were delighted to showcase their culinary skills as they created their very own Gruffalo crumble.

At the award-winning setting on Cole Green, Bumblebees took inspiration from the beloved Julia Donaldson story as they combined the ingredients together, which included fresh apples and strawberries, before transferring the mixture to a baking dish ready for the oven.

During the exciting learning experience, children used their language and communication skills to describe the textures they could feel, as well as discussing where their food comes from and the different food groups, all whilst learning important kitchen safety messages.

To extend the Gruffalo interest, the group enjoyed a special Gruffalo hunt in the garden outside, as well as learning more about the habitats of the animals from the story and re-creating them using a range of natural and recycled materials gathered from nursery.

Hertford Barns Day Nursery Team Leader, Laura Grace explained;

“Our little chefs had the best time making and eating their Gruffalo crumble and were so proud to tell their parents all about the activity. This kitchen adventure not only sparked their imaginations, but also taught them valuable skills like teamwork, creativity, and following instructions. It’s amazing to see them grow and learn in such a fun and interactive way.”



Knowle Green enjoy Eco-Week following awards victory

Knowle Green Eco Week

Festivities were well underway at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as children and colleagues celebrated earning another eco-accreditation with a themed week at the setting.

Having received the prestigious Green Flag with Distinction, the highest accolade in the international Eco-Schools scheme, pre-schoolers were delighted to be immersed in a special Eco-Week, filled with activities including planting seasonal vegetables in the allotment area outside and learning how to tend to their crops, which will then be used in nursery meals.

After reading the story of ‘Harry and the Big Clean Up’, a storybook written by Childbase Partnership colleagues and provided as a free gift to every nursery child, pre-schoolers spoke about the impact of littering on animals and the environment, before taking to the grounds of the setting with their litter pickers to collect and dispose of any rubbish.

As part of the activities, children ventured to the woodland area outside, where they collected sticks and other natural resources to experiment with during mark making sessions, as well as to be used in crafting activities including collage making.

Knowle Green Day Nursery Manager, Chanelle Weaver explained;

“Over the past year, our pre-schoolers have shown immense dedication and passion for taking care of our planet. They have learned about recycling, conserving energy, healthy living and the importance of global citizenship. They have been actively involved in various eco-friendly projects, both at school and home and this was the perfect way to celebrate.”



Highfield children make special visit to Wildlife Park

Highfield Wildlife Park Visit

There was excitement for children from Highfield Day Nursery in Edgbaston as they visited Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park to learn more about the creatures who live there.

From lemurs and meerkats to otters and monkeys, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Highfield Road were delighted to meet a unique collection of animals from around the world, learning all about their care routines and habitats, as well as the important role the park plays in protecting the array of species’ from going extinct.

During the visit, children were captivated by the park’s resident red panda, leading practitioners to adopt the creature at the end of the day, much to the delight of the group who have used the sponsorship to find out more about the exotic animal through co-research back in nursery, using the interactive whiteboard, books and arts and craft activities.

Highfield Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Louise Walker explained;

“We had a fantastic day at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park and left feeling so lucky to have such a wonderful place on our doorstep. Through the adoption, we will be contributing to the care and wellbeing of the red panda, and the children will be able to learn more about the importance of wildlife conservation and the positive impact we can have in protecting endangered species. We are looking forward to visiting the red panda again soon.”

“We believe that by inspiring a passion for nature and wildlife at an early age, we can foster a lifelong love and understanding of conservation among our little ones”, she added.

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


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