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Devonshire mark International Men’s Day

Devonshire International Men's Day

Colleagues from Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick pulled out all the stops for their male team members as they celebrated International Men’s Day with a series of initiatives.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bennett Street, practitioners Alex Girvan and Josh Elliott were presented with a series of gifts to mark the occasion including beloved Harry Potter collectors figurines and sweet treats, as well as handmade cards from their Manager and messages of appreciation from adoring colleagues, thanking them for their valued contributions to nursery life and recognising them as part of the 3% of males working within the Early Years sector in England and Wales.

Named as “wonderful role models” by their Manager, Emmy Avery, both Alex and Josh are qualified with degrees and hold a wealth of experience, with Josh acting as Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator at the setting, with a passion for supporting children with additional needs. He is also described as “a firm favourite” of the boys and girls in the Ladybirds room, where he is Team Leader, and a “go to” for those who are struggling.

Alex has recently trained as a specialist in Early Interventions and leads an ‘Attention and Listening Group’ within the setting’s two-year old room. He also leads exciting science experiments once a week as his alter-ego ‘Science Sid’ in efforts to engage the children in ‘Science’, ‘Technology’, ‘Engineering’ and ‘Maths’ from a young age and foster a love for the STEM subjects, as well as having storytelling skills described as “second to none”.

Devonshire Day Nursery Manager, Emmy Avery explained;

“Alex and Josh are both the epitome of kindness and go out of their way to help their colleagues any way they can – they can be relied upon for advice, camaraderie and will gladly pick up any job thrown at them – in any room. They are not afraid of dressing up for events such as World Book Day and go all out for events for charity – with Josh being our Charity Representative. As their manager, they make me smile every day. They are truly special to the nursery.”

International Men’s Day was celebrated on Sunday 19th November 2023.

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International Men’s Day at West Downs

West Downs International Men's Day

Colleagues from West Downs Day Nursery in Winchester pulled out all the stops for their male team members as they celebrated International Men’s Day with a series of initiatives.

At the award-winning setting on Romsey Road, practitioners Tom Bungay and Adam Jordan were presented with a series of gifts to mark the annual occasion, including handmade cards from the children in their care and presents from thoughtful colleagues including bespoke notebooks, luxury wash sets and individual messages of appreciation from the team.

As part of the festivities, talented Nursery Chefs; Helen and Rosana, made a celebration cake for all to enjoy, whilst Managers filled the staff room with Tom and Adam’s favourite snacks and sweet treats, thanking them for their valued contributions to nursery life and recognising them as part of the 3% of males working in Early Years in England and Wales.

West Downs Day Nursery Manager, Julia Grant explained;

“From guiding our little ones through their first steps to fostering their curiosity, our amazing male educators have a profound impact on shaping young minds. They bring their unique skills, talents, and caring nature to create safe and nurturing environments for our children.”

“We would love to see more gender diversification within the sector so we are absolutely delighted to have male colleagues at West Downs. We believe the presence of male practitioners offers many benefits, including offering different approaches to learning, breaking down gender stereotypes, providing positive role models and changing perceptions within the industry”, she added.

International Men’s Day was celebrated on Sunday 19th November 2023.

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Diwali celebrations at Windmill Hill

Festivities were well underway at Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon as children and colleagues joined millions of people worldwide in celebrating the Sikh and Hindu festival of Diwali.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Windmill Hill Business Park, pre-schoolers showcased their creativity by making cards for their loved ones for the occasion, whilst learning all about the customs of the Festival of Lights and dancing to traditional music.

As part of the learning experience, children were delighted to make Indian Barfi sweets with the help of their nursery practitioners, working together to mix ingredients including milk, icing sugar and food colouring, before portioning the treats up to enjoy at home with family.

During the celebrations, pre-schoolers enjoyed trying on traditional garments bought in by staff member and resident expert, Jas Mander, who also provided homemade samosas for colleagues and shared her personal experiences and stories of the special religious period.

Windmill Hill Team Leader, Jas Mander explained;

“We have had a fantastic time celebrating Diwali and its been wonderful to share this part of my culture with the children and colleagues, who have really enjoyed learning more about the meaning behind the festival and tasting some of the foods traditionally eaten during this time. We mark a wide range of events throughout the year to give the group a broad understanding of the world and celebrate the rich diversity within our local community.” 

Windmill Hill Diwali

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Diwali celebrations at Devonshire

Devonshire Diwali

Festivities were well underway at Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick as children and colleagues joined millions of people worldwide in celebrating the festival of Diwali.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bennett Street, colleagues and resident experts; Preeti Ghttora and Jayantha Tawcasious created a themed display within the reception area, filled with beautiful rangoli art and a wealth of information on the Festival of Lights to capture the interest of children and their families as they arrived and left each day.

Meanwhile, children and colleagues dressed in bright colours and cultural clothing to mark the occasion, whilst taking part in a series of inspired activities including making Indian sweets with semolina and raisins, listening to traditional music, exploring saari material, learning to make diya lamps and creating their own brightly coloured firework artwork.

Pre-schoolers also enjoyed a talk from members of the staff team who celebrate Diwali, where they shared the importance of the festival to different religions including Sikh and Hindu, traditional customs and the important message of good triumphing over and evil and light over dark, as well as discussing how the occasion is often celebrated with fireworks.

Colleagues were also delighted to try delicious homemade treats, created by talented Kitchen Assistant, Preeti Ghttora, which included samosas, pakoras and bandar laddu.

Devonshire Day Nursery Manager, Emmy Avery explained;

“We have had a fantastic time celebrating Diwali across the nursery and it’s always special to have the input of our practitioners, who really enrich the learning of our children with their own personal experiences and knowledge. Not only does this create some lovely memories, but promotes cultural appreciation and helps foster a sense of respect and understanding.”  

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Diwali celebrations at Green Park

Festivities were well underway at Green Park Day Nursery in Reading as children, parents and colleagues joined millions worldwide in celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali.

Dressed in bright colours and cultural clothing, families were invited to join their children at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on South Oak Way, where they enjoyed a special lunch and took part in a series of inspired activities in the decorated rooms, including creating their very own diya lamps from clay, which they took home to light over the period.

As part of the occasion, pre-schoolers were also delighted to ice biscuits for their pudding at the party, as well as dancing to traditional music and designing their own rangoli patterns as they learnt about the customs of the festival and the message of good triumphing over evil.

Green Park Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Grace Critcher explained;

“We were thrilled to have so many parents join us for our Diwali celebrations, and we made some lovely memories that we hope they will remember for a long time to come. Our study of different religions, traditions and customs is a year-round focus and this was a brilliant way of learning about the festival, whilst having the chance to catch up with our families.”

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November celebrations at Nursery on the Green

Festivities were well underway at Nursery on the Green in Southall as children took part in a series of special activities to mark Anti-Bullying Week, Remembrance Day and Diwali.

At the award-winning setting on Thorncliffe Road, pre-schoolers and staff joined thousands of people across the country in wearing odd and brightly coloured socks for Anti-Bullying Week, where they sang songs and read stories with themes of kindness and friendship, before having discussions on the importance of treating everyone with care and respect.

To commemorate Remembrance Day and honour those who lost their lives in conflict, both children and colleagues dressed in red and learnt about the significance of the day and the symbolism of the poppy, as well as creating related artwork using recycled materials.

For Diwali, families were invited into nursery to join their children in creating rangoli patterns and decorating traditional diya lamps, all whilst raising funds for The Trussell Trust and learning about the Festival of Lights and the message of the triumph of good over evil.

Nursery on the Green Manager, Emma Littler explained;

“We have had a fantastic week celebrating all these special events and there have been so many teachable moments for our children, who are hugely inquisitive. The activities on offer aim to promote kindness, empathy and inclusivity for all involved, and we have loved seeing our little ones immerse themselves in the festivities. We are also delighted to have raised money for The Trussell Trust in the process, whilst catching up with our lovely families.”

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Knowle Green children mark Remembrance Day

There were learning experiences at every turn for pre-schoolers at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as they marked Remembrance Day with a series of themed activities.

To commemorate the occasion and honour those who lost their lives in conflict, children from the award-winning setting on Knowle Green carried out co-research into the significance of the day and the symbolism of the poppy, as well as holding their own two-minute silence.

Having been inspired by the information they had learnt, pre-schoolers showcased their creativity by making a special poppy wreath using their handprints, before walking to the local war memorial to lay it down with the other tributes and observe a small service taking place, where they were delighted to meet Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Denise Saliagopoulos. 

Knowle Green Day Nursery Manager, Chanelle Weaver explained;

“The children showed such maturity and respect during the Remembrance Day service and we couldn’t be prouder of them for the empathy they continue to show towards others. We mark a wide range of occasions throughout the year to provide our little ones with a wider understanding of the world and this event also helped promote early historical knowledge.”

Knowle Green Remembrance Day

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Special celebrations at Hampstead Gate

Hampstead Gate Diwali and Remembrance Day

Festivities were well underway at Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes as children took part in a series of special activities to mark both Remembrance Day and Diwali.

To honour those who lost their lives in conflict, pre-schoolers from the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue created their very own poppy artwork whilst listening to reflective music and learning about the symbolism of the flower, before watching a short, age-appropriate film on why the day is commemorated and holding a two-minute silence to pay their respects.

To mark Diwali, children started by watching a video of a family celebrating, which explained the meaning behind the Festival of Lights and the customs involved, inspiring the group to make their own decorative diya lamps from clay, and embellishing them with colourful jewels.

As part of the festivities, children danced to traditional music with brightly coloured scarves and lights, before taking their finished diya lamps home alongside a tealight to use with their families during the period, representing the triumph of light over dark and good over evil.

Hampstead Gate Team Leader, Ashleigh Smith explained;

“We believe its important to mark a wide range of events in nursery throughout the year to promote a wider understanding of the world and provide the children with a variety of rich learning experiences. Through these celebrations, we aim to instil values of compassion, respect and cultural appreciation in our little ones, and they really embraced and enjoyed all the activities on offer.”

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Windermere team take on charity Snowdon climb

Windermere team climb Snowdon

A team of devoted colleagues from Windermere Day Nursery in Kettering have completed a climb up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, all to raise vital funds for charity.

Embarking on the challenge to raise money for The Trussell Trust, the seven-strong team of colleagues; Hayley Kernick, Katie Waterfield, Hollie McDonald, Sian Kenny, Amy Kitchen, Toyah Causeway and Maddison Dunbar, were delighted to raise a total of £600.00 for the cause, which will now help provide emergency food parcels to local people facing hardship.

The climb up Snowdon, which sits at 1,085 metres above sea level, is the latest in a series of fundraising initiatives for the team from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Haweswater Road, who have also recently enjoyed a pirate dress up day, fitness bootcamp with nursery families and 5k sponsored walk to raise money for the worthy cause.

Windermere Day Nursery Team Leader, Hayley Kernick explained;

“We are so proud to have completed the Snowdon climb and all felt such a sense of achievement when we got to the top. Although it was tough at times, it was worth it to be able to make this donation to The Trussell Trust, who work tirelessly to help end food poverty. We are hugely grateful to everyone who supported us in this adventure.” 

Windermere Day Nursery have adopted The Trussell Trust for a year-long fundraising drive.

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Celebrating 25 years of service at Lime Grove

Lime Grove Kathryn 25 years

There was cause for celebration at Lime Grove Day Nursery in Hemel Hempstead as the team honoured their beloved colleague and Nursery Practitioner, Kathryn Jenkins, as she marked her milestone 25–year anniversary at the setting with a week of festivities.

With the title of longest-serving employee at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Park Road, Kathryn has helped to positively shape the lives of countless children throughout her career, making a lasting impact on grateful families with her unwavering commitment to early childhood education and determination to provide the highest standards of care.

To honour the special occasion, pre-schoolers showcased their creativity by making their own portraits of Kathryn, complete with personal messages, whilst the proud team laid on buffet lunches and bespoke cakes, before presenting her with cards, presents, balloons and a memory box, filled with cherished memories from both children and staff over the years.

Lime Grove Day Nursery Quality Manager, Erica Fitzpatrick explained;

“Kathryn is such a bubbly, lovely, wonderful member of our team and I don’t know where we’d be without her. The smiles on the children’s faces when they see her walk through the door are a testament to the incredible bond they have formed, and she is an inspiration to us all. We can’t thank her enough for all she does and hope she knows how cherished she is.”

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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