Double Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ victory for Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers Aylesbury Ofsted Outstanding

There was cause for celebration at Grasshoppers Day Nursery in Aylesbury as proud parents and practitioners learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status for the second time running, following an inspection at the end of August. 

An outcome achieved by only ten percent of all English Early Years providers, the inspector praised the “exceptional” quality of teaching and “incredibly ambitious curriculum” at the Wendover Road setting, delivered and designed by “awe inspiring role models” who work together with parents to ensure “all children make the best possible progress”.

In the report, the inspector credited the “highly skilled staff” for the “excellent, individualised support” provided to children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, as well as those who speak English as an additional language, with children’s development described as “outstanding” and a love for reading visibly “embedded throughout the nursery”.

Partnerships with families were also admired by the inspector, who observed, “parents truly appreciate the wonderful staff” and speak “very highly” of the positive impact they have on children’s learning and development, with families given detailed insight into the curriculum and tools for supporting progress at home, including free online parent masterclasses.

Ofsted inspector, Kelly Lane observed;

“Children receive an outstanding start to their education. Each child is recognised as a unique individual, and the manager and her team have the highest aspirations for them. Children separate with confidence from their parents and carers. They form strong attachments with their key person. As such, children thrive due to the care they receive. This helps them feel safe and secure in the care of the professional and dedicated staff.”

Grasshoppers Day Nursery Manager, Corinna Whitbread explained;

“We are thrilled to be named as Outstanding by Ofsted once again. This incredible recognition is a testament to the dedication of the team and the exceptional care they provide each and every day. This wouldn’t have been possible without the continued trust and support of our wonderful nursery families, and we feel honoured to play such a pivotal role in their Early Years journey.”  



Knowle Green children enjoy police visit

Following an interest in ‘people that help us’, children from Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines were delighted to welcome local police officers to the setting to learn more.

At the award-winning setting on Knowle Green, pre-schoolers were captivated as they listened to the Surrey Police officers speak about their important role in keeping people safe within the community, before being given a guided tour of the police car and its sirens, as well as having a chance to try on the specialist uniform, including protective vests and hats.

During the experience, the group were thrilled to be introduced to resident police dog, Chester, whilst his handler spoke about the training their canine companion had received and examples of cases he could assist with, much to the fascination of the children.

At the end of the visit, pre-schoolers were able to ask the local heroes questions about their job roles and journey to becoming police officers, with the experience inspiring role play and dress up activities back inside, putting their newfound knowledge into practice. 

Knowle Green Day Nursery Manager, Chanelle Weaver explained;

“We are immensely grateful to the Surrey Police officers, who went above and beyond to ensure this was a memorable experience for our children. Their dedication to educating our pre-schoolers on personal safety and fostering trust with the community is inspiring and this opportunity has really helped take our learning on the subject to a new level.”

Knowle Green police visit



Family Fun Day at Seabrook

Family Fun Day at Seabrook

The sun was shining at Seabrook Day Nursery in Luton as families gathered at the setting for a Hawaiian-themed Family Fun Day, all whilst raising vital funds for The Trussell Trust.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Lewsey Road, children were delighted to immerse themselves in the activities on offer, with fun and games including a disco, face painting, soft play and a photobooth complete with Hawaiian-themed props and backdrops.

During the festivities, youngsters were thrilled to receive a visit from a giant unicorn, whilst parents enjoyed socialising over sweet treats from a bake sale, raising over £200.00 for The Trussell Trust, which will now help provide emergency food parcels to local people in need.

Seabrook Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Lucy Evans explained;

“It was such a pleasure to welcome so many of our families to nursery for the Fun Day and we are so grateful to them for their continued support. Together we were able to make another fantastic donation to The Trussell Trust, who do exceptional work in tackling food poverty and make a real difference to people facing hardship in our community.”

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



Greengables children receive special Tonies donation

There was delight for children at Greengables Day Nursery in Owlsmoor as they received the generous donation of a Tonies box and accessories, having been nominated by a kind-hearted parent from the Yeovil Road setting as part of the ‘Tonies on Foot’ scheme.

The scheme, which appealed to members of the public to nominate worthy community organisations including schools, libraries and hospitals, was applied to by nursery parent, Steph Bowring, with her application granted for the nursery to receive a Tonies box, headphones and a total of four character figures complete with stories and songs.

The Tonies box is now being enjoyed by groups of all ages across the nursery, with figurines including Disney Baby Lullabies and In the Night Garden for younger children and Paw Patrol and Paddington for pre-schoolers, supporting interests and key skills ready for school. 

Greengables Day Nursery Quality Manager, Shannon Axtell explained;

“We are so grateful to Steph for nominating us for this scheme as Tonies is such a brilliant resource which has already proved so popular within the nursery. As well as fostering creativity and imagination and helping develop communication and language skills, the Tonies box is a fantastic tool for introducing technology to the children. We are now looking forward to adding to our collection of figures to immerse ourselves in a world of new stories.”

Greengables children receive Tonies box donation



Windmill Hill children showcase entrepreneurial skills

Windmill Hill ice lolly sale

Following an interest in ice cream shop role play, pre-schoolers from Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon were delighted to showcase their entrepreneurial skills and make the most of the last of the September sunshine with a special ice lolly sale.

After creating posters in arts and crafts sessions to advertise the occasion, children from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Windmill Hill Business Park excitedly helped practitioners set up the stand, before making their sales of treats including rocket lollies, choc ices and homemade lemonade, created by talented Nursery Chef, Paul May.

During the exciting experience, children used their language and communication skills to sell the ice lollies and practiced their mathematics by counting the money exchanged by their happy customers, with all proceeds from the sale going to The Trussell Trust charity.

Windmill Hill Day Nursery Manager, Kayleigh Blaylock explained;

“This was the perfect way to round off the summer and the children were so thrilled to be able to serve some real customers after all their practice. Not only was this opportunity brilliant for building on their interests and key skills, but a great chance to talk more about the important work of food banks and the positive impact our donation will have on local people.”

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



Roald Dahl Day at Lime Grove

Lime Grove Roald Dahl Day

There were ‘swashboggling’ celebrations at Lime Grove Day Nursery in Hemel Hempstead as children dressed up as beloved storybook characters to mark the annual Roald Dahl Day.

Celebrated each year on the iconic author’s birthday, children and colleagues from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Park Road were delighted to showcase their creativity with costumes from his famous works, including Matilda, The Enormous Crocodile and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as taking part in a series of themed activities.

From creating their very own marvellous medicine, to making Roald Dahl inspired arts and crafts using recycled materials and reading some of his captivating tales, there were exciting learning opportunities at every turn for the group of young book lovers.

Lime Grove Day Nursery Team Leader, Robyn Shuck explained;

“We had a fantastic day immersing ourselves in the magical world of Roald Dahl and celebrating all that the occasion had to offer. We hope to nurture a life-long love of reading in our children and these activities are also brilliant for capturing the imagination, building literary confidence and developing communication skills.”



Tomato Harvest at Hampstead Gate

There was delight for children at Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes as they picked their first harvest of tomatoes, having grown them from plants in the garden outside.

After patiently tending to the crops in their eco-garden over the past few months, pre-schoolers from the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue were delighted to see the results of their hard work from the exciting daily gardening sessions, before picking the ripened red tomatoes and taking them inside to wash and taste as part of their snack.

During the activities, children were able to learn about the process from seed to plate, whilst showcasing their early language and mathematics skills to monitor and log the growth of the plants and identify when their crops would be ready to harvest through observations.  

It is for such activities that Hampstead Gate have been awarded the prestigious ‘Green Flag’ from Eco-Schools, the highest accolade in the international scheme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices, with activities at the nursery including creating habitats for wildlife and litter picking sessions in their local area.

Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Team Leader, Jordan Hall explained;

“This was a fantastic learning experience for the children and even those in the group who don’t usually eat tomatoes were intrigued to try them, having worked so hard to nurture them. They were so proud of this achievement and couldn’t wait to tell their families; we are now looking forward to picking the remaining fruit and vegetables that we are growing.”

Hampstead Gate tomato growing



Highfield children celebrate National Beach Day

Highfield National Beach Day

The sun was shining for children at Highfield Day Nursery in Edgbaston as they celebrated National Beach Day with a series of exciting activities to bid their final farewell to the nursery.

Armed with their buckets, spades and inflatables, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Highfield Road took to the sand at the specially created beach, where they enjoyed digging for buried treasure and showcasing their skills with a sandcastle building competition, before taking to paddling pools in the garden outside.

Having put on their waterproof suncream and sun hats, children enjoyed splashing around in the cooling water and playing filling and emptying games to develop hand-eye co-ordination and motor skills, before taking to the shore for a traditional seaside lunch of fish, chips and peas, served in authentic takeaway containers to further replicate the exciting experience.

The celebrations were the final goodbye before heading to school for the ‘Class of 2023’, who also enjoyed a bittersweet graduation ceremony, with proud families watching on as children received their certificates of achievement to mark the important milestone.

Highfield Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Louise Walker explained;

“We had a brilliant time transforming the nursery into a beach to make the children’s final days at Highfield extra memorable, and their reactions were certainly worth it. Although we’re very sad to see them go, we are hugely grateful to have been a part of their Early Years journey and will always treasure the memories we made during their time here.”

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Nurturing interests at Brinds Well

There were exciting learning opportunities at every turn for children at Brinds Well Day Nursery in Chelsfield as they took part in a series of activities inspired by their interests.

With one child sharing their experience of visiting a sunflower garden, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Hawstead Lane were fascinated to learn more about the flowers and their life cycle, before planting their very own sunflower seeds, which they will continue to care for and monitor growth to practice early math and measuring skills.

To extend the focus, children worked together in small groups to co-research the iconic ‘Sunflowers’ painting by Vincent van Gogh, using books and the interactive whiteboard to learn more about the artist and the inspiration for his artwork, before showcasing their creativity by making their own masterpieces, using images and real flowers for reference.

Following an interest in bears across the nursery, each age-appropriate room selected their own themed book, with choices including ‘That’s Not my Bear’ and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, with themed activities inspired by each book, from packing suitcases for Paddington Bear’s travels to making porridge in the kitchen for Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

As part of the activities, children enjoyed travelling around the nursery to different London themed locations made famous by Paddington and tried marmalade on crackers, before taking to the garden for their very own teddy bear’s picnic, complete with their favourite cuddly toys and treats including homemade sandwiches, cakes and fruit and veg platters.

Brinds Well Day Nursery Manager, Vanessa Watkins explained;

“We have had a wonderful time watching the children immerse themselves in these activities. Observing and following their interests allows us to further tailor our curriculum and learning experiences to their individual needs. We believe that when children are engaged and passionate about what they’re learning, the possibilities for their growth and development are endless.”


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Brinds Well activities



Outdoor exploration at Lime Grove

Lime Grove outdoor exploration

Children from Lime Grove Day Nursery in Hemel Hempstead have been embracing the last of the warm weather with a series of outdoor activities to delve into art, sport and nature.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Park Road, pre-schoolers started by exploring the practice of ‘plein air painting’, which is the process of painting outdoors with the subject in full view, using a range of natural materials collected from the garden as inspiration for their artwork, as well as tools for making their marks on the paper.

After creating their masterpieces, young explorers enjoyed searching for minibeasts with magnifying glasses and observing the insects in their bug hotels, as well as tending to the fruit and vegetables growing in their planters, ready to be picked and used in nursery meals.

From bike riding to beanbag throwing, there were also plenty of opportunities to showcase physical skills as children took part in a special Sports Week, trying out a variety of activities for the first time and working together in teams to follow the rules and learn new techniques.

During the activities, children spoke about the importance of exercise to healthy lifestyles and the benefits this can provide, as well as measures for staying safe in the sunshine.  

Lime Grove Day Nursery Team Leader, Robyn Shuck explained;

“We are advocates of all-weather play the whole year round as there are endless benefits for the children and so many exciting learning opportunities to be had, all whilst aiding both personal and social development. We have been soaking up the September sun and have had so much fun whilst improving motor skills, co-ordination, confidence and teamwork.”  

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Outdoor artwork at Lime Grove


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