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West Downs families enjoy bug hunt outing

Following an interest in ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ story, children from West Downs Day Nursery in Winchester were delighted to embark on a special bug hunt with their loved ones.

Joined by their parents and practitioners, children from the award-winning setting on Romsey Road took to nearby Farley Mount Country Park with their insect checklists and magnifying glasses, where they searched for and found an array of creatures, including beetles, spiders, woodlice and centipedes, before sitting down as a group for a picnic.

It is for such initiatives that West Downs have been awarded a prestigious Green Flag with Distinction as part of the international Eco-Schools scheme, the highest accolade in the programme, which is given for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation.

West Downs Team Leader, Amber Mears explained;

“It was lovely to spend quality time with our nursery families whilst getting out in nature for this fun and educational experience. Connecting with the natural world is so important for children’s development and we love watching them as they develop an appreciation for nature. We are also lucky to have such a brilliant parent partnership who really support us in providing the best possible learning opportunities.”

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Ducklings bring joy to Sandfield children

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

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Sandfield 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 ducklings, learning all about the exciting process through observations and how to care for the creatures in their early stages of life.

During the unique experience, the ducklings were incorporated into a broad range of learning areas to help 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.

Sandfield Day Nursery Business Administrator, Becci Worth explained;

“Through this exciting experience, our little ones developed a deeper understanding of the circle of life and the importance of nurturing and caring for living creatures. It was heartwarming to see how much joy and excitement this project brought to the children, and we are proud to provide these types of unique and engaging learning opportunities.”

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Pedal power at Nursery on the Green

Nursery on the Green bike race

There was excitement all round at Nursery on the Green in Southall as pre-schoolers took to the great outdoors to help raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation.

At the award-winning setting on Thorncliffe Road, children of all ages took to their trikes, bikes and scooters, which they brought in from home to take part in a special race around the bespoke garden track, raising a total of £700.00 for the worthy cause, with donations still incoming from generous supporters which will fund research into congenital heart disease.

As well as promoting physical activity and outdoor play through the exciting fundraising initiative, children used the opportunity to discuss the importance of helping others and showing kindness, as well as making homemade banners to cheer on their friends. 

Nursery on the Green Deputy Manager, Meera Ladva explained;

“We love to involve the children in our fundraising wherever possible and we are incredibly proud of them for their efforts and enthusiasm towards raising money for people in need. It was a joy to watch them having so much fun whilst knowing their actions will make a big difference to the British Heart Foundation and their research.”

Nursery on the Green have adopted the British Heart Foundation for a year-long fundraising and awareness drive.

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Devonshire colleagues stay up all night for charity

Devonshire sponsored stay awake

Devoted colleagues from Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick showcased their dedication to raising money for charity by sacrificing their sleep for a sponsored stay awake at the setting.

After completing their Friday shift at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bennett Street, the seven-strong team of colleagues; Joshua Elliott, Emmy Avery, Tasher John-Baptiste, Nicole Johnson, Louise Harding and Anna Ball powered through the night, playing games, enjoying snacks and sharing stories to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

As a result of their efforts, the team were delighted to raise a total of £601.60 for the worthy cause thanks to donations from generous supporters, which will now go towards funding vital research into congenital heart disease and supporting babies and families in need.

The sponsored stay awake is the latest in a series of fundraisers for the Devonshire team, who have recently enjoyed initiatives including the British Heart Foundation 10k race at Kew Gardens, bake sales, dress down days and raffles to raise money for the charity.

Devonshire Day Nursery Manager, Emmy Avery explained;

“This experience truly embodies the spirit of our team, who are always thinking of exciting new ways to raise money for the causes we support. I am grateful to have such a compassionate colleagues who are willing to give up their sleep to help others, as well as an amazing support network of nursery families who are always incredibly kind and generous.”

Devonshire have adopted the British Heart Foundation for a year-long fundraising drive.

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Skydiving to make a difference at Berryfields

Berryfields skydive

There was cause for celebration at Berryfields Day Nursery in Aylesbury as their devoted Team Leader showcased her bravery with a skydive to raise vital funds for charity.

Taking to the skies over Peterborough, Rebecca Powell from the award-winning setting on Nimrod Street made the jump from 13,000ft in aid of the British Heart Foundation, and was delighted to raise a total of £500.00 for the charity thanks to the donations of generous supporters, which will now go towards funding research into congenital heart disease.

The skydive is the latest in a series of fundraisers for the Berryfields team, who have recently enjoyed initiatives including dress down days, bake sales and raffles for the cause.

Berryfields Day Nursery Manager, Jessica D’arcy explained;

“Rebecca’s dedication to making a difference to the lives of others is truly inspiring and we are all so proud of her for going to these efforts to raise money for our charity of the year. We are fortunate to have such a caring team who always go above and beyond, as well as a hugely supportive network of nursery families who show so much generosity.”

Berryfields have adopted the British Heart Foundation for a year-long fundraising drive.

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Chicks bring joy to Knowle Green

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

At the award-winning setting on Knowle Green, 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.

Knowle Green Nursery Manager, Chanelle Weaver explained;

“As educators we are constantly looking for ways to make learning fun and engaging for our little ones. This hands-on experience was a perfect way to foster curiosity about the world around them and create lasting memories. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to see the joy and wonder on the children’s faces as they watched the new life emerging.”

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Taking fundraising to new heights at Field House

There was cause for celebration at Field House Day Nursery in Buckingham as a devoted Nursery Practitioner showcased her bravery with a skydive to raise vital funds for charity.

Taking to the skies over Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Tori Silvester from the award-winning setting on Tingewick Road made the jump from 13,000ft in aid of the British Heart Foundation, raising a total of £710.00 and counting for the charity thanks to the donations of generous supporters, which will now go towards funding research into congenital heart disease.

The skydive is the latest in a series of fundraisers for the Field House team, who have recently enjoyed initiatives including bake sales, raffles and dress down days for the cause.

Field House Nursery Manager, Liz Hofman explained;

“We are all so proud of Tori for challenging herself to do this skydive for such an amazing cause. She has raised an incredible amount of money, which will do so much good for those with heart conditions. Raising money for charity has always been hugely important to us as a nursery and we are always blown away by the efforts our colleagues and families go to.”

Field House have adopted the British Heart Foundation for a year-long fundraising drive.

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Lessons in road safety at Hertford Barns

Hertford Barns road safety

Pre-schoolers from Hertford Barns Day Nursery were delighted to welcome a special visitor to the setting as they took part in a range of activities to learn about road safety.

Following an interest in the topic amongst the group, children from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery in Cole Green were thrilled to meet Matilde from the local School Crossing Patrol Team, who spoke about her important role within the community, before delivering a masterclass in staying safe as a pedestrian with the help of some special props.

Using a stop sign, reflective clothing, traffic lights and their very own zebra crossing, pre-schoolers enjoyed role playing activities with Matilde to help understand how to navigate different scenarios, as well as putting the ‘stop, look and listen’ technique into practice.

Hertford Barns Team Leader, Hatty Gouldstone explained;

“Not only did our children enjoy the exciting hands-on activities, but also loved having the chance to ask questions and engage with a real expert. It’s moments like these that truly make a difference in shaping our little ones understanding of the world around them. We are very grateful to Matilde for taking the time to come and educate the group and equip them with practical life skills that they can carry with them as they grow.”

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Celebrating a decade of service at West Cambridge

There was cause for celebration at West Cambridge Day Nursery as the team honoured their beloved colleague, Kelly Howard, as they marked her milestone 10-years of service.

Having started at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ setting on Charles Babbage Road as a Nursery Practitioner in 2014, Kelly has helped to positively shape the lives of countless children in her care, which she continues to do in her current role of Deputy Manager, securing the best outcomes for families and providing expert mentorship to colleagues.

Raising money for charity has also been integral to Kelly’s time at West Cambridge, taking an active role in fundraising initiatives and team fundraisers, including nights ‘sleeping rough’ under the stars and sponsored events, contributing to the £3.5 million and counting raised by Childbase Partnership for causes including ‘Mind’, ‘Bliss’ and ‘CRUK’ over the past 35 years.

To celebrate her decade of service, Kelly was presented with cards, flowers and gifts by her team, as well as being taken out for a celebratory lunch by a Regional Director and Area Manager, and receiving a bonus reward payment and extra paid week of annual leave.

West Cambridge Deputy Manager, Kelly Howard explained;

“Childbase has given me the opportunity to progress my role as a Nursery practitioner to Deputy Manager in my 10 year service with the company. Kelly adores how she can support children, family and staff to thrive within the Early Years sector. Working for an employee-owned company supports me to have a voice and engage our staff team.

Childbase Partnership Area Manager, Sammy Bloomfield said;

“Kelly is a fantastic support and role model to everyone at West Cambridge and we’re delighted to be celebrating her incredible decade. Not only does she ensure the children are receiving the highest standards of care and education, but is also continuously working on her own personal development plan to further upskill and progress her future within the company. She is a real asset to the team, and we can’t wait to see what she does next.”

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Double Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ victory for Cherry Trees

Cherry Trees Ofsted Outstanding

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

An outcome achieved by only 14% of all English Early Years providers, the inspector praised the “deep understanding” of the staff team in knowing “how to most effectively support children’s learning” and “provide excellent care and education” across all age groups.

In the report, the inspector credited “dedicated and nurturing” practitioners at the award-winning setting on Duncan Road for helping to encourage communication from an early age, as well as purposefully introducing an array of resources to help children regulate emotions and feelings, resulting in the “exceptional behaviour and attitudes children display.”

Support for children with special needs and/or disabilities and those who speak English as an additional language was also noted, with the inspector commending the “excellent progress” made, with regular assessments to help “promote new achievements”, adding “children’s identities are celebrated” which promotes a “respectful and diverse community.”

Partnerships with families were also admired by the inspector who observed “staff have a deep respect for the views and knowledge parents have about their own children” and provide carers with “a wealth of information to help support them” including resource sacks and books to navigate life changes including preparing for school and potty training.

Ofsted Inspector, Katrina Rodden explained;

“Children thrive in this inspiring and friendly nursery. They enthusiastically explore and investigate with their friends, rapidly building on what they already know and understand. Leaders create a strong ethos for children to become confident, independent learners, which is evident throughout the nursery.”

Cherry Trees Day Nursery Manager, Amy Fenn explained;

“Receiving our second Outstanding outcome from Ofsted is a testament to the devotion of our team and unwavering support of our nursery families, who this wouldn’t be possible without. We are so proud of this achievement and will not become complacent, as our focus is always on striving for excellence and creating the best outcomes for every child.” 

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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