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Childbase Partnership come top of the class in DayNurseries awards

DayNurseries awards 2024

Childbase Partnership has scooped a major award after parent praise for its 44-day nurseries in England ensured a top spot amongst the best Early Years providers in the UK.

Thousands of parent recommendations for the best Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Good’ early years settings, were scrutinised to create the league tables for Daynurseries, the leading online Early Years directory and industry website, Annual Awards.

Childbase Partnership currently has five day nurseries with perfect 10/10 scores; Meadow View in Newport Pagnell, Greengables in Sandhurst, Pennypot in Woking, Woodlands in Milton Keynes and Berryfields in Aylesbury, with a further 29 settings on 9.9/10 based on parent recommendations and praise.

Celebrating the award, Danielle Wright, Manager of Meadow View Day Nursery, which was also crowned one of the top 20 nurseries in the South East of England, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been recognised with this award and are so pleased to know that our families are so happy with the care and education we are providing. This is a testament to the passion and dedication of our team and the strong parent partnership on which we pride ourselves. We are committed to providing each and every child with the best start in life and couldn’t be more delighted with this outcome.”

The award is based on the nursery’s online recommendations from parents, relatives and guardians of children in day nurseries in the employee owned Childbase Partnership, which also topped the Nursery World league tables this year, after being ranked No.1 in the UK for quality of early years care and education.

Amanda Hopkins, Daynurseries.co.uk Reviews Manager said:

“The vision and ethos of a nursery group shapes the environment of its nurseries and impacts on a child’s social, emotional and physical development.”

“Childbase Partnership has shown that its nurseries are having a huge impact on the wellbeing of children and their learning and development. We would like to congratulate them on being a top nursery group, as rated by parents! We feel it is a real achievement to be recognised for being in the Top 20 nursery groups by children’s families and carers.”

Daynurseries.co.uk reviews the 14,000 plus nurseries in the UK, rating them based on customer reviews and satisfaction, facilities and outside space, learning resources, equipment and ICT, care, activities, staff, food and nutrition, management, cleanliness, safeguarding and value for money.

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Devonshire children enjoy community outings

Devonshire community outings

There were exciting learning opportunities for children at Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick as they ventured out into the local community for an array of special trips.

Having been influenced by World Art Day and the work of Jackson Pollock, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bennett Street were delighted to visit The Hyde Gallery in Chiswick, where they admired the artwork on display, including paintings and sculptures, whilst discussing the colours, shapes and textures they could see.

Back in the classroom, children were able to showcase their creativity by making their very own masterpieces, using the pieces they had seen in the gallery as inspiration, as well as famous paintings from renowned artists for reference, including Van Gogh and Kandinsky.

Meanwhile, after reading the story of ‘Harry and the Big Clean Up’, younger children from the setting were excited to put their environmental knowledge into practice with a litter picking session and visit to their local recycling bank, where they appropriately sorted and disposed of their rubbish into different categories, including plastic, textiles, paper and cardboard.

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

Devonshire Day Nursery Team Leader, Charlie Fallon explained;

“It has been brilliant to get out and about in our local area over the past few weeks, with lots of lovely learning opportunities for the children and chances to demonstrate good citizenship.

Our little ones already have a fantastic understanding of recycling and the ways in which they can help the planet, so visiting the recycling bank was a great way to demonstrate this.

Art also helps the children develop their fine motor skills and critical thinking, all whilst encouraging them to explore their own unique perspectives and ideas. They were very excited to tell their families about what they had seen at the art gallery.” 

 

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The Gruffalo visits Nature Trails children

Nature Trails Gruffalo

There was delight for young book lovers at Nature Trails Day Nursery in Cawston as they received a special visit from one of their favourite literary characters.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the beloved book, children were thrilled to welcome ‘The Gruffalo’ to the award-winning setting on Coventry Road, along with gifted storytellers from nearby Hunt’s Bookshop in Rugby, who read the Julia Donaldson story to the captivated group in the sunshine, all whilst the Gruffalo acted out the accompanying actions.

Back in the classroom, pre-schoolers were immersed in themed activities in honour of the milestone celebration, including creating their very own Gruffalo masks and Gruffalo crumble, before embarking on an exciting Gruffalo hunt in the woodland area outside.

Nature Trails Business Administrator, Louise Gulliver explained;

“This was a magical and memorable experience for our children, and we are so grateful to the wonderful staff from Hunt’s Bookshop for making this possible. We believe in the power of storytelling to engage and inspire young minds, and The Gruffalo is the perfect example of a timeless story that continues to captivate children’s hearts and inspire a love of reading.”    

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Julia Durbin children breathe colour into fundraising

There was excitement all round at Julia Durbin Day Nursery in Headington as pre-schoolers took part in a special fundraising initiative to help raise money for British Heart Foundation.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Roosevelt Drive, children were delighted to take to the great outdoors for a ‘Colour Run’, where they ‘dressed for mess’ and ran through environmentally friendly powder paints as they tackled the course, raising a grand total of £317.00 for the worthy cause, which will now go towards funding vital research.

As part of the experience, children enjoyed discussions back in the classroom about the importance of good nutrition and exercise to healthy lifestyles, as well as co-research activities to learn more about the human body and the function of the heart.

Julia Durbin Charity Representative, Emma Parry 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”.

“The children had a fantastic time taking part in the Colour Run and this was also a fantastic way to promote kindness and helping others, as well as physical activity”, she added.

Julia Durbin Day Nursery have adopted the British Heart Foundation for a year-long fundraising and awareness drive and will focus on support for congenital heart disease.

Julia Durbin colour run

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Childbase Partnership embark on new nappy project for greener future

Childbase and Green Bottoms initiative

Childbase Partnership is taking its recycling of disposable nappy waste to new heights with a collaboration that will turn one million nappies into new products like shelving, acoustic panelling and road surfacing materials over the course of a year.

Our award-winning, employed owned company already diverts all the waste produced in 44 day nurseries in the South of England away from landfill, but the new arrangement with nappy waste experts Green Bottoms, Pura and a new recycling facility in South Wales will save further harmful CO2e emissions being released into the atmosphere.

Louise Hill, Operations Director at Childbase Partnership explained;

“We are hugely proud to have been working with Green Bottoms for over a decade, and this new project provides opportunities for us to raise our game even further when it comes to taking care of the planet. As well as reducing the impact of nappy waste on our environment, we are hoping to set a new standard for sustainable business practices. We believe that by working together, we can create a better future for the next generation.”

Launching this spring, Green Bottoms will work with the four Childbase Partnership nurseries along the M5 and M6 motorway corridors; Nature Trails, Westwood, Highfield and Crescent, to deliver used nappies to Bristol Waste, which will then be transported by Nappicycle to their specialist recycling facility in South Wales, where they will be broken down in a friction washing process and repurposed into items including signage for Asda stores.

The nurseries, which have been chosen specifically to incorporate into the weekly journey already made by Green Bottoms to Bristol to help eliminate any unnecessary mileage, will be a major contributor to the scheme, along with families from selected Bristol postcodes whose household nappy waste will also be used to meet the one million target.

Having started working with Green Bottoms in 2011, Childbase Partnership proudly diverts over 285 tonnes of nappy waste per year from its 44 nursery settings, the equivalent of 95 white rhinos, saving around 170,000kg of carbon dioxide being emitted to the atmosphere annually, which equates to taking 61 cars off the road for an entire year.

Currently all Childbase Partnership nappy waste is collected and sorted by the specialists in off-site Material Reclamation Facilities, with the non-recyclable elements being used in Energy from Waste processes to power hospitals or boost the National Electricity Grid.

In another nappy initiative at Childbase Partnership, Green Bottoms and nappy producer Pura have committed to donating over 40,000 nappies to Baby Basics, a UK baby bank network which provides essentials to families in need. All three partners have pledged to make a donation to match the number of nappies supplied to Childbase nursery settings, with 7,000 nappies already delivered to the charity in February.

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Chicks bring joy to Cedar Park

Cedar Park chicks

There were learning opportunities at every turn for children at Cedar Park Day Nursery in Twyford as they learnt about life cycles first-hand with the help of some special additions.

At the award-winning setting on Bridge Farm Road, children of all ages were delighted to follow the journey from start to finish as they closely monitored living eggs in an incubator, before watching them hatch into fluffy chicks, learning all about the exciting process through observations and how to care for the creatures in their early stages of life and development.

During the unique experience, the chicks were incorporated into a broad range of learning areas to help children build on STEM knowledge, as well as promoting caring and nurturing skills and personal responsibility by carrying out duties such as replenishing food and water.

Cedar Park Day Nursery Manager, Rachael Main explained;

“The arrival of the chicks has been a wonderful experience which has given the children a much greater understanding of life cycles, and they have especially loved being able to hold and gently stroke them. We are committed to fostering a love of learning and exploration in our little ones, and opportunities like this really help to embed knowledge and create lasting memories for all involved.”

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‘Shear delight’ at Hertford Barns

Hertford Barns lambs

There was excitement at Hertford Barns Day Nursery as delighted children and colleagues welcomed a group of lambs and ewes to the setting for a special six-week stay.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Cole Green, children of all ages were thrilled to meet the adorable new arrivals, which include two ewes and four lambs, who are settling in nicely to life in the luscious fields that surround the stunning barn conversion and stable block, with daily care and attention given by pre-schoolers as part of their activities.

From bottle feeding the lambs and discussing their diets, to using them as inspiration for arts and crafts sessions and learning about the process of shearing, there have been exciting learning opportunities at every turn for the children, who have been captivated throughout.

The animal activities add a valuable new element to the nursery’s Eco-Schools curriculum, linking to key focus areas including biodiversity, for which Hertford Barns have earnt a prestigious ‘Green Flag’, the highest accolade in the international programme which is awarded for exceptional environmental conservation and awareness practices.

At Hertford Barns, children take part in sustainable activities all year round as part of the scheme, from planting and growing herbs and vegetables which are then used in meals by talented Nursery Chefs, to crafting with natural and recycled materials.

Hertford Barns Day Nursery Manager, Jenny Pratt explained;

“It’s been so lovely to witness the joy that these lambs are bringing to both our little ones and colleagues. We believe in providing a stimulating and immersive learning environment for our children and there have been so many brilliant teachable moments and core memories made. Not only is this experience educational, but it also teaches our children important values such as empathy, responsibility, and respect for animals and nature.”

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World Art Day at Hampstead Gate

Hampstead Gate World Art Day

There were endless opportunities for creativity at Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes as children celebrated World Art Day with a series of exciting activities.

At the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue, pre-schoolers were inspired by renowned artist Claude Monet as they delved into co-research to find out more about his artistic style and brushwork, before choosing one of his famous paintings to influence their own work.

With reference paintings including ‘The Water Lily Pond’ and ‘The Japanese Footbridge’, the budding young artists experimented with different mediums and techniques as they created their masterpieces, before proudly displaying them in their own Hampstead Gate gallery.

Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Team Leader, Ashleigh Smith explained;

“Our children had a brilliant time learning about Monet’s life and work for World Art Day, and did a fantastic job of making their own pieces in his signature impressionist style. Our little ones not only learned about artistic techniques but also developed their fine motor skills, imagination, and self-expression. As early childhood educators, we believe in the power of art to inspire, educate, and bring joy to young minds.”

World Art Day is celebrated on 15th April 2024.

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Eid al-Fitr celebrations at Crescent

Crescent Eid

Festivities were well underway at Crescent Day Nursery in Edgbaston as children and colleagues marked Eid al-Fitr with a series of exciting activities and celebrations.

Dressed in bright colours and traditional clothing, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Calthorpe Road showcased their creativity as they made Mehndi patterns and greetings cards for loved ones, all whilst learning more about the significance of the festival and special customs from their resident expert practitioners.

As part of the learning experience, children enjoyed taking to the kitchen with talented Nursery Chefs to create vegetable samosas, spring rolls and chocolate covered dates, whilst staff teams made beautiful displays in the reception area to give families a better insight into Eid al-Fitr, before enjoying a custom made cake, courtesy of their Nursery Managers.

Crescent Day Nursery Manager, Laura Whittingham explained;

“We had a fantastic time celebrating Eid and are hugely grateful to our wonderful team for helping to create such rich learning opportunities for both children and staff. At Crescent, we believe in fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment where everyone can learn and grow together. Celebrating events like Eid is not only a great way to teach children about cultural diversity, but also to promote kindness and understanding in our community.”

Eid al-Fitr was celebrated on 10th April 2024.

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Woodberry colleagues celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Woodberry Eid

Festivities were well underway at Woodberry Day Nursery in Winchmore Hill as children and staff teams joined their colleague and resident expert in celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr.

To provide a deeper understanding of the occasion, which marks the end of Ramadan and the fasting period, Nursery Practitioner; Samiyah Aufogul, shared her knowledge and personal experiences of celebrating Eid, as well as baking her colleagues a special cake to enjoy at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Church Hill to give a better insight.

As part of the festivities, children were delighted to learn about the significance of the festival and traditional customs, including visiting loved ones, offering presents and donating money to causes to help those less fortunate, as well as looking at the music and food enjoyed.

Woodberry Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Lucy Harmanda explained;

“Celebrating Eid was a joyous and educational experience for all involved and we are hugely grateful to Samiyah for sharing her culture with us in this way. At Woodberry, we strive to create a diverse and inclusive environment where children can learn about and appreciate different cultures and traditions and this was the perfect way to promote understanding.”

Eid al-Fitr was celebrated on 10th April 2024.

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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