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Devonshire colleagues beat the Monday blues

Despite being labelled as the ‘the gloomiest day of the year’, there were smiles all round at Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick as colleagues reinvented ‘Blue Monday’.

Dressed in everything but blue, devoted staff teams from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bennett Street were delighted to share the things that brought them the most joy, before tucking into an array of sweet treats, including a special hot chocolate making station.

The latest celebration in nursery follows a new company wellbeing initiative launched in January, giving each colleague the potential to earn up to 20 extra days of paid leave throughout 2024, based on attendance, to help improve and enhance work-life balance.

Devonshire Day Nursery Team Leader, Joshua Elliott explained;

“We are incredibly lucky to have such an enthusiastic team that makes sure there are Blue Mondays. Their infectious spirit and passion for giving our children the best care and education makes coming to work exciting every day, and we had a great time celebrating.”

‘Blue Monday’ is marked on the third Monday of January every year.

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Windmill Hill beat the Monday blues

Despite being labelled as the ‘the gloomiest day of the year’, there were smiles all round at Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon as children and colleagues took part in a series of inspired wellbeing activities at the setting to mark ‘Blue Monday’.

Dressed in their cosiest pyjamas, groups from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Windmill Hill Business Park enjoyed homemade blueberry pancakes and warming hot chocolates, courtesy of talented Nursery Chef, Paul May, before exploring their favourite storybooks and taking part in crafting sessions as the perfect antidote to the Monday blues.

As part of the festivities, devoted staff teams were delighted to receive handwritten cards of appreciation from their grateful Manager, Kayleigh Blaylock, thanking them each individually for their hard work and continued dedication to the children and families in their care.

The latest celebration in nursery follows a new company wellbeing initiative launched in January, giving each colleague the potential to earn up to 20 extra days of paid leave throughout 2024, based on attendance, to help improve and enhance work-life balance.

Windmill Hill Nursery Manager, Kayleigh Blaylock explained;

“Despite being known as Blue Monday, our wonderful children and colleagues always bring so much fun and energy to the nursery, which always results in a good day. We had a brilliant day spreading cheer and letting our incredible staff team know how special they are.”

‘Blue Monday’ is marked on the third Monday of January every year.

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Meadow View turns yellow for Blue Monday

Despite being labelled as the ‘the gloomiest day of the year’, there were smiles all round at Meadow View Day Nursery in Newport Pagnell as children and colleagues turned the setting yellow to bring the sunshine and provide the perfect antidote to the Monday blues.

Dressed in their brightest clothing, groups from the award-winning day nursery on Westbury Lane were delighted to immerse themselves in the activities that made them happiest, from reading beloved storybooks to creating colourful artwork in special arts and crafts sessions.

As part of the festivities, colleagues enjoyed platters of yellow-themed sweet treats during breaks in the staff room, from fresh fruit and banana milkshakes to lemon cakes and cheesy crisps, all whilst sharing with their colleagues the things in life that brought them joy.

The latest celebration in nursery follows a new company wellbeing initiative launched in January, giving each colleague the potential to earn up to 20 extra days of paid leave throughout 2024, based on attendance, to help improve and enhance work-life balance.

Meadow View Day Nursery Manager, Danielle Wright explained;

“We know that this day can sometimes feel a little bit gloomy, so we decided to inject some colour to lift everyone’s spirits. Our children and colleagues really embraced the yellow theme, and it’s moments like these that remind us of the strong bond we share as a team, always ready to bring creativity and happiness into the lives of our little ones.”

‘Blue Monday’ is marked on the third Monday of January every year.

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Reinventing Blue Monday at Lime Grove

Lime Grove Blue Monday

Despite being labelled as the ‘the gloomiest day of the year’, there were smiles all round at Lime Grove Day Nursery in Hemel Hempstead as colleagues enjoyed a series of inspired wellbeing activities, courtesy of their grateful managers, to mark ‘Blue Monday’.

Dressed in their most colourful clothing to brighten the day, devoted staff teams from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Park Road were delighted to take part in a lucky dip, filled with prizes including sweet treats, notebooks and ‘thank you’ keyrings to lift spirits and let colleagues know their dedication to the children in their care doesn’t go unnoticed.

The latest celebration in nursery follows a new company wellbeing initiative launched in January, giving each colleague the potential to earn up to 20 extra days of paid leave throughout 2024, based on attendance, to help improve and enhance work-life balance.

Lime Grove Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Yasmin Diver explained;

“Even though Mondays can sometimes feel a little tough, we believe in banishing the blues and spreading smiles all around. Our team make every day special with their positive energy and contagious enthusiasm and we couldn’t be more grateful for all their contributions.” 

‘Blue Monday’ is marked on the third Monday of January every year.

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Westwood banish the Monday blues

Despite being labelled as the ‘the gloomiest day of the year’, there were smiles all round at Westwood Day Nursery in Coventry as children and colleagues reinvented ‘Blue Monday’ with a series of inspired wellbeing activities to promote happiness and positivity. 

Dressed in green as an antidote to the Monday blues, children enjoyed a series of green themed activities, from sensory play to crafting sessions, whilst colleagues were treated to a pizza lunch courtesy of their grateful managers, as well as being gifted self-care treats to help relax and unwind at home, including face packs, bath bombs and bubble bath.

The latest celebration in nursery follows a new company wellbeing initiative launched in January, giving each colleague the potential to earn up to 20 extra days of paid leave throughout 2024, based on attendance, to help improve and enhance work-life balance.

Westwood Day Nursery Manager, Lyndsey Matthews explained;

“There are no Blue Mondays at Westwood thanks to our incredible network of nursery colleagues and families, who bring the fun every single day. We also know that taking care of our staff is just as important as caring for the little ones and it’s essential they recharge their batteries so they can give their best. We are hugely grateful for all that they do.”

‘Blue Monday’ is marked on the third Monday of January every year.

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Reinventing Blue Monday at Brinds Well

Brinds Well Blue Monday

Despite being labelled as the ‘the gloomiest day of the year’, there were smiles all round at Brinds Well Day Nursery in Chelsfield as colleagues reinvented ‘Blue Monday’ with a series of inspired wellbeing activities, courtesy of their grateful managers.

Dressed in red and orange to represent warmth, energy, power and strength, staff teams from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Hawstead Lane went against the ‘blue’ theme to promote positivity, as well as taking part in puzzles and games in their rest areas and enjoying a series of sweet treats including fresh fruit and cakes as the perfect antidote.

The latest celebration in nursery follows a new company wellbeing initiative launched in January, giving each colleague the potential to earn up to 20 extra days of paid leave throughout 2024, based on attendance, to help improve and enhance work-life balance.

Brinds Well Day Nursery Manager, Vanessa Watkins explained;

“We’re so fortunate to have such an incredible team that makes every day at the nursery a joyous and fulfilling one; because of them there are no Blue Mondays. The enthusiasm and positivity they bring to work truly makes a difference in the lives of the little ones we care for.”

‘Blue Monday’ is marked on the third Monday of January every year.

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Julia Durbin children enjoy firefighter visit

Julia Durbin firefighter visit

Following an interest in the emergency services, children from Julia Durbin Day Nursery in Headington were delighted to welcome local firefighters to the setting for a special visit.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Roosevelt Drive, firefighters gave captivated pre-schoolers a guided tour of the fire engine and its sirens, before speaking to them about the equipment used to extinguish flames and the protective clothing worn.

As part of the exciting learning experience, children were able to try on the uniform and ask the firefighters their questions, before presenting the local heroes with themed pictures they had created in focused arts and crafts sessions and posing for photographs as a group.

Julia Durbin Day Nursery Business Administrator, Emma Parry explained;

“This was a fantastic learning experience for the children and really helped cement their understanding of the important work the fire service do within our community. It was lovely to see the admiration the group had for the firefighters, and this has really sparked their curiosity and inspired further activities in nursery, including role play and co-research.”

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West Downs children enjoy ZooLab visit

West Downs ZooLab visit

Young animal enthusiasts from West Downs Day Nursery in Winchester were delighted to start the year with an exciting visit from ZooLab, where they met an array of exotic creatures.

At the award-winning setting on Romsey Road, children were introduced to Jango the bearded dragon, Henry the tortoise, Dolly the snake and Buttercup the tarantula, all whilst learning facts from expert handlers and having the chance to hold and pet the creatures.

During the fun and informative experience, children were able to find out all about the basic needs and care routines of all the animals, including diet and habitat, as well as introducing conversations around growth, life cycles and the responsibility of caring for living creatures.

West Downs Day Nursery Team Leader, Danni Markwick explained;

“Our children absolutely love animals and had such a fantastic time getting up close and personal with these incredible creatures. They were fascinated to learn how crucial it is to protect and cherish wildlife, ensuring their conservation for future generations, and this has also inspired so many more activities in nursery following the special visit.”

West Downs are also the proud holders of a prestigious Green Flag award from Eco-Schools, which was awarded for exceptional environmental and conservation efforts, with activities including garden insect observations and creating habitats for garden visitors. 

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Exciting storytelling session for Green Park children

Green Park storytelling session

There was excitement all round for children at Green Park Day Nursery in Reading as they received a visit from newly published author and nursery parent, Dr Rani Singh.

At the award-winning setting on South Oak Way, pre-schoolers were captivated as they enjoyed a special storytelling session with Dr Rani, where she debuted her latest book, titled ‘Let’s Make Poo’, which explains the scientific journey food takes from the mouth through to the digestive tract using age-appropriate language and beautiful illustrations to engage.

During the informative session, Dr Rani read the educational story to the captivated group, before answering their questions on the human body and detailing why it’s important to drink water and eat a balanced diet including fibre-rich foods to keep the digestive system healthy.

Green Park Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Grace Critcher explained;

“We are hugely grateful to Dr Rani for taking time out of her busy day to deliver such an engaging storytelling session for our children, who really enjoyed learning more about the functions of the human body. This was a brilliant experience which really broadened their understanding, and the book is already a favourite within our Butterflies and Pre-School rooms. We can’t wait for Dr Rani to come back and share her next story with us.”

Dr Rani Singh is a dedicated family doctor based in the UK. Dr Rani has a strong belief in the power of imaginative learning for children and is on a mission to transform the way they learn about the human body. The first book of the series “Let’s Make Poo” is about the digestive system and is available to buy on Amazon now: https://amzn.eu/d/hopOgMG 

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Hertford Barns declared Outstanding in first Ofsted inspection

Hertford Barns Outstanding

There was cause for celebration at Hertford Barns Day Nursery in Cole Green as proud parents and practitioners learnt that the setting had achieved Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ status, following their first inspection in December.

An outcome achieved by only 14% of all English Early Years providers, the inspector praised the “exceptionally skilled” team for creating an environment where children feel “safe, secure and comfortable” and “develop a strong sense of belonging”, helping them to “persevere when they find tasks difficult” and “feel a sense of pride in their accomplishments.”

 

In the report, the inspector highlighted that staff “give the highest priority to developing children’s communication and language skills” and help to “listen and enrich their experiences by introducing new vocabulary and repeating words”, the result of which “expands the language skills of all children, including those who are less verbal.”


Partnerships with families were admired by the inspector, who observed that “parents are overwhelmingly complimentary about the nursery” and “speak very highly of the relationships that staff build with their children”, as well as being offered free training sessions to “enhance children’s care and education”, alongside “frequent updates in a variety of ways to understand their child’s development and how to help them further”.

 

The inspector also credited the team for “actively encouraging children to care about the natural world”, with the nursery using the countryside surroundings to their advantage with initiatives including caring for lambs and growing vegetables, which were described as “very effective in supporting the children to gain an understanding of growth and cycles.”

 

Ofsted Inspector, Elke Rockey said;

 

“Staff place children’s needs at the centre of everything they do. Children demonstrate exceptional confidence, curiosity, and keenness to learn. The nurturing staff team plan and deliver a broad range of exciting and challenging experiences, which supports the children to thrive during their time at the nursery.”

 

“The dedicated manager works tirelessly to motivate the nursery team to ensure that children have the positive experience they deserve in their early years. The leadership team supports staff well-being to the highest level. Staff report that they are proud to work at the nursery and feel their work is valued. As a result, they are committed to giving children high-quality care and education”, she added.

 

Hertford Barns Day Nursery Manager, Jenny Pratt explained;


“We are absolutely over the moon to have received an Outstanding judgement in our first Ofsted inspection. Our team work tirelessly to achieve the best outcomes for our children and its incredible to have this acknowledged. We are lucky to have an incredible network of nursery families and we can’t thank them enough for all their support since our opening.”

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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