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Brinds Well children enjoy Easter Bonnet Parade

Brinds Well Easter bonnets

Festivities were well underway at Brinds Well Day Nursery in Chelsfield as children proudly modelled their homemade Easter bonnets during a special parade at the setting.

Having been tasked with making their bonnets at home with their families, groups from each age-appropriate room at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Hawstead Lane were delighted to showcase their creations during the celebrations, embellished with chicks, rabbits, carrots and more, before each being awarded an Easter treat for their efforts.

During the occasion, pre-schoolers were also immersed in an array of exciting themed activities, from creating exciting Easter crafts and cards, to taking part in a special egg hunts around their rooms and garden, whilst nursery families enjoyed taking part in a seasonal hamper raffle, all to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation cause.  

Brinds Well Day Nursery Manager, Vanessa Watkins explained;

“We have had a fantastic time celebrating Easter in nursery and our bonnet parade is always a highlight which creates lasting memories for all involved. The imagination and effort that our families go to is always inspiring, and we can’t thank them enough for their participation and support in helping raise money for the worthy causes we support.”

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Random Acts of Kindness at Windmill Hill

There were smiles all round at Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon as children embarked on an important mission to spread joy in the community with random acts of kindness.

Armed with bunches of daffodils with messages of positivity attached, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery set off with practitioners to deliver them to nearby residents, members of the public and companies around Windmill Hill Business Park, all with the intention of bringing smiles to the faces of local people ahead of the Easter break.

Messages attached to the daffodils included; “We hope this brightens up your day! Enjoy this random act of kindness. Make the world a better place and put a smile on someone’s face!”

Windmill Hill Day Nursery Manager, Kayleigh Blaylock explained;

“It was so lovely to see the faces of our neighbours light up as the children handed out their flowers and the joy this brought to them. Our little ones couldn’t wait to tell their families and were so proud to have spread happiness to so many people. We hope teaching them these lessons of kindness and compassion for others will stay with them for a lifetime.”

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Field House children enjoy ambulance visit

Field House ambulance

There was excitement all round at Field House Day Nursery in Buckingham as delighted pre-schoolers received a special visit from the NHS South Central Ambulance Service.

Following an interest in transport, children from the award-winning setting on Tingewick Road were thrilled to welcome the local heroes, whose crew included one of their very own nursery parents, where they enjoyed a tour of the emergency vehicle and its sirens, as well as having the chance to explore the specialist equipment used every day to help save lives.

As part of the exciting learning experience, the captivated group learnt about the role of each piece of equipment in helping to treat patients as they investigated in the back of the ambulance, from defibrillators and monitors to stretchers and stethoscopes, before having the chance to role play with each other and ask the paramedics any questions they had.

Field House Day Nursery Quality Manager, Kirsty Freshwater explained;

“This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to gain a better understanding of the ambulance service and the vital role they play within our community. The group have been so inspired by the visit and we are hugely grateful to the crew for taking time out of their busy schedules to create such a memorable learning experience for our little ones.”

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March celebrations at Maples

Maples March activities

Festivities were well underway at Maples Day Nursery in Winchester throughout March as children and colleagues marked World Book Day and Ramadan with exciting celebrations.

At the award-winning setting on Hatherley Road, young reading enthusiasts were delighted to immerse themselves in the beloved story of ‘Dear Zoo’ with interactive activities, including repurposing cardboard boxes donated by parents to recreate the animals being sent to and from the zoo in the story, as well as using them to create their own cosy reading spaces.

During the World Book Day event, pre-schoolers were also thrilled to share their favourite books with friends and dress up as famed literary characters, as well as enjoying special storytelling sessions to commemorate the annual event, which looks to encourage a lasting love of reading and provide free books to children who may not own one of their own.

To mark Ramadan, expert practitioners shared their personal experiences of celebrating the festival to give children a better insight into the significance of the special occasion and the customs involved, before introducing mark making activities using the symbolic crescent moon and stars to encourage pre-schoolers to create their own inspired artwork.

Maples Day Nursery Team Leader, Casey Woodbridge explained;

“March has been a magical month in nursery with lots of exciting opportunities for learning. The children have loved getting involved in these cultural and literary traditions, which we believe help foster a sense of empathy, understanding and appreciation for the world around them. As educators, it’s our privilege to witness their curiosity and wonder as they explore the world through these different lenses.”

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International Day of Happiness at Windermere

From discussing the things that brought them joy, to taking part in mindfulness activities including yoga, children and colleagues from Windermere Day Nursery in Kettering were delighted to celebrate International Day of Happiness with a series of initiatives.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Haweswater Road, pre-schoolers were immersed in activities, including delving into storybooks with themes of happiness and creating inspired artwork, whilst hardworking teams enjoyed a spread of sweet treats in the staff room as they exchanged stories and shared the ways in which they felt contentment.

Windermere Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Stacey Chamberlain explained;

“We have had a lovely day celebrating both the things and people that bring us joy. We believe that happiness is contagious and being able to share this special day with our little ones was truly heartwarming, and a reminder of the importance of spreading positivity.”

International Day of Happiness was celebrated on 20th March 2024.

Pictured: Nursery Chef, Clare Simson and Deputy Manager, Stacey Chamberlain

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World Down Syndrome Day at Pennypot

Children and colleagues at Pennypot Day Nursery in Chobham were delighted to show off their odd socks as they marked World Down Syndrome Day at the setting.

 

Taking part in the ‘Lots of Socks’ campaign, which encourages people to wear mismatched and colourful socks in order to start a conversation around the condition, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Pennypot Lane proudly displayed their funky footwear, whilst speaking about the importance of kindness and celebrating differences.

 

Down syndrome (or Trisomy 21) is a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome. Around 1 in every 800 babies will be born with Down syndrome, which causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and medical issues. There is no known cause.

 

Pennypot Day Nursery Team Leader, Aprille Goubert explained;

 

“Our little ones had so much fun picking out their different socks and learning about diversity and inclusion. We are committed to promoting acceptance and understanding, regardless of our differences, and mark an array of events throughout the year to give the children a better understanding of the world around them and the things that make each of us special.”

 

World Down Syndrome Day is held on 21st March to represent the fact that individuals with the condition have three copies of chromosome 21.

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Mother’s Day Stay & Play at Hampstead Gate

Hampstead Gate Mother's Day

Festivities were well underway at Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes as children celebrated Mother’s Day with their loved ones during a special ‘Stay and Play’ session.

At the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue, mothers and grandmothers were delighted to join their little ones for an exciting activity-filled afternoon, complete with learning opportunities including delving into favourite storybooks, exploring attractions in the nursery garden and showcasing creativity at an array of crafting stations across their classrooms.

As part of the celebrations, families enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea courtesy of talented Nursery Chef, Olivia Cherry, complete with sandwiches and scones, as well as being presented with cards created by their children and making donations to the British Heart Foundation, raising a grand total of £130.00 for the cause which will help fund vital research.

Hampstead Gate Deputy Manager, Katie Hughes explained;

“We had a wonderful time celebrating Mother’s Day and the children loved showing their families around the classrooms and immersing themselves in all the activities on offer. We are lucky to have such a fantastic parent partnership at Hampstead Gate and we are hugely grateful for their continued support, including that towards the charities we support.”

Hampstead Gate have adopted the British Heart Foundation for a year-long fundraising and awareness drive to help fund research into congenital heart disease.

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Mother’s Day celebrations at Lavenders

Festivities were well underway at Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford as children celebrated Mother’s Day with their loved ones during a special ‘Stay and Play’ session at the setting.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bushmead Avenue, a total of 40 mothers and grandmothers were delighted to join their little ones for an exciting activity-filled morning, complete with learning opportunities including exploring musical instruments, delving into storybooks and showcasing creativity at an array of crafting stations across the room.

As part of the celebrations, families enjoyed scones with jam and cream, as well as fruit tea, courtesy of nursery practitioners, before being presented with cards and gifts created by their talented children, who were thrilled to give them tours of their classrooms.

Lavenders Day Nursery Manager, Dizzie Newberry explained;

“We have an incredible network of nursery families and we are hugely grateful for the relationships we have formed with them. As educators, we believe that involving parents in their child’s learning journey is crucial for their development and success, and it was fantastic to welcome all the lovely mums and grandmothers for this special occasion.”

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Hampstead Gate children prepare for spring

Hampstead Gate planting

Ahead of Global Recycling Day, children from Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes have been showcasing their ‘green fingers’ by planting an array of flowers donated by their generous families in re-used tyres outside, ready to bloom in the springtime.

After receiving the flowers from both nursery parents and grandparents, children from the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue were delighted to take to the vibrant nursery garden, where they enjoyed using their tools to dig holes in the soil, before carefully placing the plants inside and covering them back over, following instructions as they went.

The young eco-enthusiasts have now been tasked with caring for the flowers as they grow through regular gardening activities, where they will water and prune the plants, as well as monitor their growth to help learn basic maths and science messages ready for school.

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

Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Team Leader, Jordan Hall explained;

“The children were excited to get their hands dirty and learn about how plants grow and the importance of taking care of nature. It was a great interactive learning experience that helped them develop their fine motor skills and understanding of the natural world. We are hugely grateful to our nursery families for their kind donations, which not only make our garden a more beautiful place, but provide the children with exciting learning opportunities.”

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Celebrating service at Pennypot

There was cause for celebration at Pennypot Day Nursery in Chobham as the childcare team honoured their beloved colleague, Lucy Buckingham, as she marked her milestone five-year anniversary at the setting and Childbase Partnership.

Having started at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Pennypot Lane as an Apprentice in 2019, Lucy worked to complete her Level 3 Early Years Educator studies alongside gaining practical experience in nursery, where she now shines as a Qualified Nursery Practitioner in the Caterpillars room, caring for the youngest children at the setting.

Raising money for worthy causes has also been integral to Lucy’s time at Pennypot, taking part in team fundraisers including a climb up Pen y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales, all to raise funds for neonatal charity ‘Bliss’, as well as dress up days, charity auctions and food bank drives, contributing to the three million plus total raised by Childbase Partnership for worthy causes including Mind, CRUK and The Trussell Trust over the past 30 years.

To celebrate the achievement, Lucy was presented with a bouquet of flowers and gifts from her adoring team, as well as reminiscing over her memories and career highlights from the past five years, which included being shortlisted for ‘Caterpillars Team of the Year’ in the Childbase Annual Awards for the past five years, as well as picking up the trophy in both 2019 and 2022, with awards presented by Peter Andre and Stephen Mulhern, respectively.

Pennypot Day Nursery Manager, Carol McDonough explained;

“We are so proud of Lucy for all that she has achieved in her time at Pennypot. As well as making so much growth both personally and professionally, she has made an incredible impact on the lives of the families she works with and her colleagues. Her passion for Early Years is truly inspiring and her positive attitude, creativity and genuine care for every child shines through – we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her as part of our team.”

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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