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The Childbase Academy launch – a £1.6 million investment in Apprenticeships

Childbase Partnership Academy Launch

Barista style refreshments on tap and chef-prepared home-cooked meals are just some of the perks for Apprentices taking award-winning training at The Childbase Academy of Excellence.

The official launch of the Academy at the Buckinghamshire headquarters of the employee owned, Childbase Partnership marks the completion of a £1.6 million investment to create inspiring learning environments and upscale wellbeing amenities.

Emma Rooney, Chief Executive Officer at Childbase Partnership, said of the 200 Apprentices from the company’s 44-day nurseries in the South of England currently undertaking studies:

“I want our Apprentices to be ambitious, so nothing is left to chance when it comes to securing the best possible outcomes for them at the beginning of their careers with us.

“Experienced and dedicated trainers and mentors delivering Princess Royal Award-winning training not only make for happy, confident practitioners in nursery but underpins the outstanding quality of our provision.” 

“As employee owners, we are all invested in each other and ensuring that the children in our care receive the best possible start in life. Talented, skilled and ambitious colleagues on clearly defined career paths will get us there,” she added.

The Academy’s modern bright learning environments and ‘chill out’ zones, invested with the latest technology, were officially dedicated by Frances Howell, HSBC Managing Director and Head of Corporate Banking, Midlands Region.

“This is the most imaginative building I‘ve seen in a very long time and a clear demonstration of your commitment to redefine excellence at every opportunity. This remarkable learning and working environment is a credit to you all and I thank you for the honour and privilege of dedicating this centre of excellence,” she said.

Currently, The Childbase Academy is committed to providing L3 Early Years Educators and L2 Early Years Practitioner courses to approximately 150 learners every year. In July a L3 Team Leading Apprentice course was introduced, and by the end of this year a L5 Early Years Lead Practitioner is being launched.

This in addition to the company’s extended learning platform, bespoke curriculum training and two annual Inset Days when nurseries close for whole team training to keep them up to date with the latest Early Years research and practices methods.

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Top environmental award for Lavenders Day Nursery pre-schoolers

Lavenders Day Nursery children earn Green Flag Distinction

After receiving a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award in 2020 as part of the international Eco-Schools scheme, children and practitioners from Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford were delighted to learn they had gained the esteemed accreditation once more, with a distinction.

The accolade, which is the highest achievement in the programme, has been awarded to the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ setting on Bushmead Avenue, following a sustained environmental project which involves children of all ages, from babies using recycled shredder paper for sensory activities, to older children creating bug hotels for insect observations and growing vegetables which are then used in meals by Nursery Chefs.

Activities, which also include crafting with natural and recycled materials, are designed to promote the development of personal, social and emotional life skills as well as introducing the children to basic maths, science and environmental messages.

Following their submission, Lavenders were commended by assessors who praised their passionate eco-committee, consisting of children who drive forward ideas for change, as well as colleagues Karolina Rajkowska, Angie O’Boyle, Rachel Strangwick and Heather Bull.

Delighted Lavenders Quality Manager, Oli Baucutt, said the award was the result of years of continuous dedication by staff and children, working together in the programme, which involves millions of children across 70 countries.  

“We aim to give children the best possible future here at Lavenders and looking after the environment plays a huge part in that. The respect and care the children have for the nature around them is inspiring to see and bodes well for their adult lives”, he explained.

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Raising money for Bliss at Seabrook Day Nursery

Seabrook charity cake sale

In their continuous efforts to raise money for charity Bliss, colleagues from Seabrook Day Nursery in Luton have pulled out all the stops with a week-long bake sale at the setting.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Lewsey Road, families enjoyed a selection of sweet treats, baked and provided by devoted staff, raising a grand total of £145.00 for the worthy cause, which will now go towards helping support babies born premature or sick.

The cake sale is the latest in a series of fundraising initiatives for Seabrook, whose colleagues have recently spent the night ‘sleeping rough’ under the stars as part of the Childbase Partnership ‘Big Sleep Out’ as well as other team challenges.

Seabrook Day Nursery Quality Manager, Gemma Bell explained;

“Raising money for charity has always been hugely important to us as a team and we are always trying to find opportunities to help. Bliss is an incredibly worthy cause and we are very proud to be supporting them this year with the help of our amazing nursery families.”

Seabrook Day Nursery have adopted Bliss for a year-long fundraising drive.

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Maples Day Nursery children pay tribute to the Queen

Maples Day Nursery children pay tribute to the Queen

Children from Maples Day Nursery in Winchester have been celebrating the Queen’s extraordinary life and service with a series of tributes and activities at the setting.

From devising a timeline of Her Majesty’s reign and making picture collages, to exploring sensory bags themed with red, white and blue materials, there were opportunities to showcase creativity at every turn for children at the award-winning setting on Hatherley Road, as they learnt more about the Royal Family and British history.

As part of the experience, pre-schoolers also created cards filled with well wishes which will be sent to Buckingham Palace, as well as co-researching the visible changes we will see moving forward to items such as stamps and currency, as well as the national anthem.

Maples Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Lou Rowe explained;

“We were all deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, especially after the wonderful Jubilee celebrations we enjoyed over the summer at nursery. We are sensitively handling the children’s questions and are now focusing on celebrating her amazing life through painting, crafting and discussion.”

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Westwood Day Nursery children celebrate Roald Dahl Day

There were ‘swashboggling’ celebrations at Westwood Day Nursery in Coventry as delighted children dressed up as beloved storybook characters to mark the annual Roald Dahl Day.

Celebrated each year on the iconic author’s birthday, children and colleagues from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Westwood Way showcased their creativity with costumes from his famous works, including Matilda, The Enormous Crocodile and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as taking part in a series of themed activities.

From creating their very own marvellous medicine in the garden outside using buckets and spoons, to making Roald Dahl inspired arts and crafts and reading the popular tales, there were exciting learning opportunities at every turn for the group of young book lovers.

Westwood Day Nursery Manager, Carly Ward explained;

“We had a brilliant day immersing ourselves in the magical world of Roald Dahl and celebrating all that the occasion had to offer. We hope to nurture a life-long love of reading in our children and these activities are also brilliant for capturing the imagination, building literary confidence and developing communication skills.”

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Sharing stories of the Queen at Windmill Hill Day Nursery

Children from Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon have been celebrating the Queen’s extraordinary life and service with a series of tributes at the setting.

As well as taking part in a range of themed activities, children from the award-winning setting on Windmill Hill Business Park were delighted to share their personal connections to Her Majesty, including a pre-schooler who proudly showcased a picture of her father meeting the Queen, having been awarded for his bravery whilst working in the Royal Navy. 

This inspired a conversation about medals amongst the group and the special honours given by the Queen, before co-researching her life and 70-year reign and showcasing their creativity by making their very own flags and pictures of remembrance.

Windmill Hill Day Nursery Manager, Lora Worthington explained;

“We were all deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the Queen, so it was lovely to hear the children recall their own memories of her, including our Jubilee celebrations over the summer. We are sensitively handling their questions and are now focusing on celebrating Her Majesty’s amazing life through painting, crafting and discussion.”

Windmill Hill children remember the Queen

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Cooking up a storm at Seabrook Day Nursery

Budding young chefs from Seabrook Day Nursery in Luton were delighted to showcase their culinary skills as they created homemade apple crumble following a special masterclass.

Using produce that they picked from trees in the garden outside, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Lewsey Road were helped by talented Nursery Chef, Vikki Mitchell, as she guided them through the cooking process.

As part of the learning experience, children practiced their counting and followed instructions closely, as well as discussing the importance of good nutrition to healthy lifestyles.

Seabrook Day Nursery Chef, Vikki Mitchell explained;

“The children had a brilliant time making the crumble and this provided many opportunities to build confidence in the kitchen, as well as encourage the use of new language, develop fine motor skills and practice basic maths concepts through weighing and measuring.”

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Paying tribute to the Queen at Rowan Tree Day Nursery

Rowan Tree pay tribute to the Queen

Children from Rowan Tree Day Nursery in Welwyn Garden City have been celebrating the Queen’s extraordinary life and service with a series of tributes and activities at the setting.

Following encouragement from the town council for residents to lay flowers, which will then be composted and used to help grown an oak tree in Her Majesty’s honour, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Guessens Road were delighted to choose flowers from the local florist, which they then laid at the special memorial area.

As part of the celebrations of life, children also showcased their creativity by making cards and pictures, as well as learning more about the Queen’s 70-year reign and the new King.

Rowan Tree Day Nursery Manager, Claire Ovenden explained;

“We were all deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, especially after the wonderful Jubilee celebrations we enjoyed over the summer at nursery. We are sensitively handling the children’s questions and are now focusing on celebrating her amazing life through painting, crafting and discussion.”

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Celebrating the life of the Queen at Grasshoppers Day Nursery

Children from Grasshoppers Day Nursery in Aylesbury have been celebrating the Queen’s extraordinary life and service with a series of tributes and activities at the setting.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Wendover Road, children showcased their creativity by making picture collages and drawing their interpretations of Her Majesty, as well as looking at iconic photographs and moments in history from her 70-year reign.

As part of the learning experience, pre-schoolers also created cards and co-researched the visible changes we will see moving forward to everyday items such as stamps and currency, as well as learning more about the new King and the national anthem.

Grasshoppers Day Nursery Team Leader, Lauren Trotter explained;

“We were all deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, especially after the wonderful Jubilee celebrations we enjoyed over the summer at nursery. We are sensitively handling the children’s questions and are now focusing on celebrating her amazing life through painting, crafting and discussion.”

Grasshoppers Day Nursery tribute to the Queen

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Smiles all round at Woodberry Day Nursery

Following campaigns across the borough of Enfield regarding oral hygiene in children, pre-schoolers from Woodberry Day Nursery in Winchmore Hill were delighted to welcome an NHS healthcare professional for a special dental masterclass at the setting.

With the help of Mr Sparkle the Crocodile, children from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Church Hill used a torch to inspect the condition of his teeth, before having the opportunity to brush them with minty toothpaste and a giant toothbrush by way of practice.

As part of the learning experience, the group discussed the importance of brushing teeth for two minutes twice a day to prevent decay, as well as exploring healthy and unhealthy foods.

Latest Public Health England statistics show that nearly a quarter of five-year-olds in England have tooth decay, which is a serious but largely preventable problem, leading the subject of oral health to be added to the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Woodberry Day Nursery Manager, Rosie O’Sullivan explained;

“We have had a brilliant time delving into this subject and the children were eager to share everything they’d learnt from Mr Sparkle with their families at home. We are committed to giving our pre-schoolers the best possible start in life, and this includes providing them with knowledge to make healthy and informed choices for the future.”

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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