Leap Year celebrations at Meadow View

Meadow View Leap Year

Celebrations were well underway at Meadow View Day Nursery in Newport Pagnell as children dressed up in costume to mark their very first Leap Year with a special party.

From ‘dress to impress’ to ‘animals that leap’, each age group at the award-winning setting on Westbury Lane was set an outfit theme for the occasion, which inspired children and colleagues to pull out all the stops with accessories and face painting for the 29th February festivities, which only occur once every four years to align the calendar with Earth’s orbit.

During the celebrations, children were delighted to immerse themselves in the fun and games on offer, which included showcasing their dance moves to disco music, taking part in arts and crafts, learning about the science behind the Leap Year and enjoying a party tea.

Meadow View Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Jen Curley explained;

“With an extra day in the year, we wanted to make sure it was a memorable one for our little ones. We had a brilliant time celebrating this first in their lives and helping them discover more about this unique calendar event. It’s always a joy to see our children so engaged and excited about learning new things and help shape their knowledge of the world we live in.”



Double Ofsted-Outstanding victory for Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers Ofsted Outstanding

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

An outcome achieved by only 14% of all English Early Years providers, the inspector praised the “exemplary” quality of teaching “across the whole staff team”, with staff described as “wonderful role models” who deliver a “highly effective and ambitious curriculum” to children who “demonstrate extremely high levels of interest, perseverance and deep engagement.”

In the report, the inspector credited children’s behaviour, interactions with staff and personal, social and emotional development as “excellent”, with relationships built between children and their key person observed as “exceptional” and credited for helping to form “incredibly strong bonds”, which in turn, “significantly raises children’s self-esteem and confidence”.

Support for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities was also commended, with the nursery manager and staff team praised for their commitment to providing the “best possible care and education to secure future success”, as well as “excellent opportunities” for parents to work alongside staff and opportunities to discuss progress and achievements.

Ofsted Inspector, Jo Rowley explained;

“The manager supports her staff team to implement a curriculum that focuses on individual children. It is planned, sequenced and securely embedded across all areas of learning. Children thrive in this welcoming, highly motivating and inclusive environment. They develop extremely positive attitudes to their play and learning.”

“Opportunities for children to learn outdoors are extremely good. They explore a superb range of resources, which enhances their physical development. Staff arrange outings, and introduce children to important members of their society, such as the elderly and librarians. They learn about foodbanks and practise eco-friendly ideas, such as walking to nursery. This helps to broaden children’s knowledge and experiences”, she added.

Grasshoppers Day Nursery Manager; Claire Greaves, who was praised by the inspector for leading her “extremely complimentary” team “exceptionally well” said;

“We are thrilled to announce that our nursery has once again received an Outstanding judgement from Ofsted. We are incredibly proud of this achievement, which reflects our commitment to creating a nurturing and stimulating environment where every child can flourish. We are hugely grateful to our nursery families for their support and our colleagues for their unwavering commitment to excellence, without them this would not be possible.”



Edwalton raise over £450 for charity during Heart Month

Edwalton Day Nursery in Nottingham have been embracing the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Go Red for Heart Month’ with a series of exciting initiatives to raise money for the cause.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Melton Road, parents were delighted to join their children for a special Valentine’s themed workshop, where groups enjoyed exploring different crafting stations set up throughout the room, with exciting activities including card making, sensory play, collage creating and ornament decorating.

As part of the festivities, Charity Representative; Natasha Maan, organised a bake sale which saw talented colleagues rally to produce their best homemade bakes, from brownies and fudge to cookies and marshmallow sticks, which were specially packaged and sold, raising a total of £455.55 for the British Heart Foundation to fund congenital research.

Edwalton Day Nursery Quality Manager, Laura Pickford explained;

“Our team have worked so hard throughout Heart Month to create fundraising opportunities for everyone to enjoy. We have been blown away by the amount raised and the generosity shown by our nursery families, who set an amazing example of kindness to the children. The British Heart Foundation is such an important charity, and we are so pleased to be supporting them this year.” 

Edwalton has adopted the British Heart Foundation for a year-long fundraising and awareness drive. Heart Month is taking place throughout February 2024.

Edwalton Heart Month



Celebrating colleague achievements at Lavenders

The spotlight was on a beloved Nursery Practitioner from Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford as her adoring team honoured her for going above and beyond for the children in her care.

Asha Banghard, who has worked at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bushmead Avenue for the past 23 years, was celebrated by colleagues with a special reward payment and a personalised apron as a token of gratitude for her continued dedication to the role, where she creates exciting learning opportunities on a daily basis.

Renowned for her cooking masterclasses, every month Asha gives children a choice of inspired recipes from the different events and cultural festivals taking place, which they bring to life with her expert guidance, making delicious culinary creations including vegetable pakoras and gingerbread biscuits as they learn kitchen skills and important safety practices.

During the sessions, which promote independence through the use of child-friendly kitchen equipment, pre-schoolers are able to develop communication and language skills as they follow instructions and discuss the ingredients being used and sensory experiences involved, as well as building upon mathematics as they practice weighing and measuring.

Lavenders Day Nursery Manager, Dizzie Newberry explained;

“Asha is simply brilliant in every way, she is such an asset to the team and an incredible role model to our little ones, who love the magical experiences she creates for them, which they may not be able to replicate at home. She closely follows the interests of the children and builds upon them to provide the best possible learning outcomes. We couldn’t be prouder to have her at our nursery and we are truly grateful for the passion and insight she brings.”

Lavenders Asha Banghard



Pennypot families embark on special walk for Heart Month

Pennypot charity walk

Families, colleagues and pets from Pennypot Day Nursery in Chobham were delighted to show their support for the British Heart Foundation as they gathered for a sponsored walk.

Inspired by Heart Month, which runs throughout February, groups from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Pennypot Lane met at Virginia Water Lake on the edge of Windsor Great Park, where they completed a three-mile trail, raising a grand total of £590.00 for the worthy cause, which will now help fund life-saving research and support.

After sending the invitation out to parents, Pennypot colleagues learnt that the date of the event coincided with the special ‘Heart Birthday’ of one of their brave nursery children, Jack, who received his final surgery to fix his heart three years prior to the date of the walk.

Jack’s Mum, Laura explained;

“On the 18th February 2021, Jack had his second open heart surgery; a day we will forever remember as the day they were able to fix his heart. Jack was diagnosed with an AVSD a couple of days after he was born – his first operation was when he was seven months old and his second one at nine months. It’s thanks to the incredible work of charities like the British Heart Foundation that this kind of surgery is even possible, and that Jack is the healthy, happy little boy he is today. We are delighted that they are Pennypot’s chosen charity this year and we look forward to helping support them.”

Pennypot Charity Representative, Aprille Goubert explained;

“The walk was a fantastic opportunity to raise funds for an amazing charity and catch up with our lovely families outside of nursery. Watching the children run around and have so much fun with each other and their pets was a lovely reminder of the importance of coming together as a community to help others in need. We raised an incredible amount of money, and we are so grateful for the generosity everyone has shown; knowing this is a cause so close to some of our nursery families makes the donation even more special.”  

Pennypot has adopted the British Heart Foundation for a year-long fundraising and awareness drive. Heart Month is taking place throughout February 2024.




Woodlands make special toy donation to charity

Woodlands British Heart Foundation shop donation

Kind-hearted pre-schoolers from Woodlands Day Nursery in Barnet have made a generous donation of their pre-loved toys, all to help raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation.

After holding a collection in aid of Heart Month, which is taking place throughout February, children from the award-winning setting on Orchard Road were delighted to walk to their local British Heart Foundation shop, where they delivered their old books, games and teddies to volunteers and had the chance to speak to them about the impact their donation would have, with the money raised used to support families and fund life-saving research.

On the walk back to nursery, pre-schoolers were thrilled to stop off at their nearby pond, where they admired the local wildlife and discussed the importance of giving back. 

Woodlands Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Emma Bloom explained;

“We are so proud of the children for showing such kindness and maturity in handing over their toys to help others. They did such a brilliant job and were so pleased to see how happy this made the volunteers at the British Heart Foundation, who were also incredibly impressed by their thoughtfulness. This was a brilliant way of involving the children in our awareness drive, whilst promoting compassion and clearing room for new books and toys.”

Woodlands has adopted the British Heart Foundation for a year-long fundraising and awareness drive. Heart Month is taking place throughout February 2024.



Heart Month at Sandfield

Sandfield Day Nursery in Headington have been embracing the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Go Red for Heart Month’ with a series of exciting initiatives to raise vital funds for the cause.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Sandfield Road, children and colleagues dressed up for a special wear red day, where they showed off their brightest outfits, whilst families enjoyed a raffle with the top prize of a Valentine’s hamper, raising a grand total of £280.00 for the charity which will help fund essential research into congenital heart disease.

During the festivities, pre-schoolers were delighted to showcase their creativity with a series of themed crafting activities, from making greeting cards and artwork for their loved ones, to helping talented Nursery Chefs make red heart cookies to give to their parents as gifts.

Sandfield Regional Charity Ambassador, April Spencer explained;

“We aim to make a real difference when it comes to supporting worthy causes and this one is very close to our hearts. Every day around 13 babies in the UK are diagnosed with congenital heart disease. With this charity we have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for these babies and the support available to their families. We are so grateful for the backing of our incredible nursery community in helping the incredible causes we choose.”

Sandfield has adopted the British Heart Foundation for a year-long fundraising and awareness drive. Heart Month is taking place throughout February 2024.

Sandfield Heart Month
Sandfield BHF



Devonshire ‘Go Red’ for Heart Month

Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick have been embracing the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Go Red for Heart Month’ with a series of exciting initiatives to raise money for the cause.

Dressed in their brightest outfits, children from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bennett Street showcased their creativity with an array of themed crafting activities, from creating greetings cards for their loved ones and making collages and artwork using recycled materials, to exploring red sensory playdough and delving into pink gloop play.

As part of the awareness drive, pre-schoolers have been learning all about the human body and the important function of the heart, whilst families have been making ongoing donations to the British Heart Foundation as part of the nursery’s year-long fundraising campaign for the charity, with all proceeds going towards vital research into congenital heart disease.

Devonshire Day Nursery Team Leader, Charlie Fallon explained;

“Raising money for worthy causes has always been hugely important to us as a team and it’s wonderful when we can involve the children in our fundraising initiatives too. Not only are they having fun and progressing in their development, but they are also learning valuable lessons about compassion and generosity which they can carry into their adult lives. We are hugely grateful to our nursery families for their support in helping the charities we choose.”

Heart Month is taking place throughout February 2024.

Devonshire Heart Month



Lavenders celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day

Lavenders Random Acts of Kindness Day

Pre-schoolers from Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford were delighted to spread joy within the community as they took part in a special initiative to mark Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Armed with crochet hearts made by talented Team Leader, Sophie Baker, children from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bushmead Avenue hid the gifts around their local area, complete with a message of positivity for members of the public to find and take home.

The message, which came accompanied with the nursery email address for finders to contact if they wished, read; “Here’s a little pocket hug, to remind you that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you imagine, loved more than you know.”

As part of the festivities, children spoke about the importance of treating everyone with kindness and respect, before taking part in games to promote sharing and teamworking.

Lavenders Day Nursery Manager, Dizzie Newberry explained;

“We really wanted to bring smiles to the faces of local people on Random Acts of Kindness Day and our pre-schoolers were so excited to embark on this important mission. We are really hoping that someone contacts us to let us know they’ve found one of the gifts as the children would be so pleased. We believe that teaching children the value of kindness at a young age sets the foundation for a more compassionate and empathetic future.”

Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated on 17th February.



Sharing the love at Knowle Green

Knowle Green Valentines Fundraising

Festivities were well underway at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as children, families and colleagues celebrated Valentine’s Day, all whilst raising vital funds for charity.

At the award-winning setting on Knowle Green, pre-schoolers were delighted to showcase their creativity with crafting activities, where they made greetings cards and artwork for their loved ones, before taking to the kitchen to bake special cupcakes to gift to their parents.

As part of the celebrations, hardworking colleagues were given confectionary gifts by their grateful Manager, Chanelle Weaver, who also put on a spread of sweet treats in the staff room for teams to enjoy during their breaks, whilst families were able to purchase fresh red roses from the reception area, with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation.

Knowle Green Nursery Manager, Chanelle Weaver explained;

“We had a brilliant day celebrating love and friendship in our nursery community and it was lovely to see the children’s excitement at giving their homemade gifts to their families. We also used this day as an opportunity to teach our little ones about the value of helping others and giving back with more raised for the fantastic cause that is British Heart Foundation.”

Knowle Green has adopted the British Heart Foundation for a year-long fundraising and awareness drive and will focus on supporting research into congenital heart disease.


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