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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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Celebrating 20 years of service at Lavenders

There was cause for celebration at Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford as the team honoured their beloved colleague, Lisa Anesi, as they marked her milestone 20-years of service.

Having started at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ setting on Bushmead Avenue as a Nursery Practitioner in 2004, Lisa has helped to positively shape the lives of countless children in her care throughout her career, particularly older children in the Pre-School room as they prepare to transition to school, as well as providing expert mentorship to new colleagues.

In addition to being nominated for ‘Nursery Practitioner of the Year’ by adoring parents from the nursery, Lisa was part of the Ladybirds room when they won ‘Ladybirds Team of the Year’ at the annual Childbase Partnership awards and has been a contributor to the nursery earning three consecutive ‘Outstanding’ outcomes from Ofsted for care and education.

Raising money for worthy causes has also been integral to Lisa’s time at Lavenders, taking part in team fundraisers and leading on events including summer fetes, fun days and raffles, which have contributed to the £3.5 million and counting raised by Childbase Partnership for charities including ‘Mind’ and ‘Bliss’ over the past 35 years, as well as taking part in community events such as Christmas concerts and food bank drives for people in need.

To mark the special occasion, Lisa received a tax-free bonus reward payment and an extra paid week of annual leave, as well as being treated to lunch by her proud colleagues, whilst reminiscing over favourite memories at Lavenders from the past two decades.

Lavenders Nursery Practitioner, Lisa Anesi explained;

“I absolutely love the Lavenders and Childbase family and really appreciate the support from all the staff and the wider company. I have brilliant memories of different teams over the years and was lucky enough to be able to bring my own two children here and watch them grow, develop and have fun. I have loved taking part in all the balls, festivals and long service dinners and truly have made some amazing lifelong friends along the way.”

Lavenders Nursery Manager, Dizzie Newberry said;

“Lisa is such an asset to our nursery and has played a major role in the early years journey of so many Bedford families. Serving two decades at Lavenders is a testament to her passion and dedication to giving our children the best possible start in life, and we couldn’t be prouder of all that she has achieved. We are so pleased to be celebrating this occasion.”

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Mental Health Awareness Week at Devonshire

Devonshire Mental Health Awareness

The spotlight was on hardworking colleagues at Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick as they were celebrated with a series of initiatives during Mental Health Awareness Week.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bennett Street, grateful Manager; Emmy Avery put together gift bags in secret to give every colleague a boost, which included self-care items, a wooden pocket hugs token, motivational key ring and postcards, stress ball, sweet treats and a heartfelt handwritten note of appreciation, bespoke to each staff member.

Touched by the sentimental gesture, colleagues took the time to read each other their personalised messages during breaks, with Team Leader, Thevya Sutharman commenting; “This has really made my day, these notes always mean so much to me.”

Meanwhile, children took part in a range of activities to mark the occasion, from talking about their feelings with the help of their beloved ‘The Colour Monster’ storybook, to taking part in mindfulness activities including yoga to learn how to better improve emotional regulation.

Devonshire Day Nursery Manager, Emmy Avery explained;

“I am a Mental Health First Aider and a big advocate for putting this first. Supporting my staff team is hugely important to me and I want them to always feel they can come to me with anything they need, and be assured that they are getting the right help and guidance. These bags were a token to let them know how valued they are and a reminder to prioritise taking care of themselves, so I’m glad they were so well received.”

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Mental Health Awareness Week at Westwood

Westwood Mental Health Awareness

The spotlight was on hardworking practitioners from Westwood Day Nursery in Coventry as they were celebrated with a series of initiatives during Mental Health Awareness Week. 

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Westwood Business Park, grateful Managers; Lyndsey Matthews and Susan Zaparaniuk created gift bags to give every colleague a boost, which included self-care items, trinkets with inspirational messages, sweet treats and practical advice and exercises for improving mental wellbeing. 

During the week of festivities, colleagues also enjoyed dress down days and sharing tables in the staff room, where they enjoyed lunches as a team whilst making time to talk about their emotions and exchanging the things that they valued most about each other.

Meanwhile, children took part in a range of activities to mark the occasion, from talking about their feelings with the help of their beloved ‘The Colour Monster’ storybook, to taking part in mindfulness activities including yoga to learn how to better improve emotional regulation.

Westwood Day Nursery Manager, Lyndsey Matthews explained;

“As leaders in early childhood education, we have a responsibility to create a positive and supportive work environment for our teams. This includes promoting open and honest discussions about mental health, providing resources and training to help staff cope with stress and anxiety, and fostering a culture of compassion and understanding. We are so grateful for our colleagues and all that they do and want to ensure our nursery is a safe space and inviting space for all.”

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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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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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River View celebrate International Women’s Day

River View International Women's Day

Festivities were well underway at River View Day Nursery in Hertford as colleagues and children marked International Women’s Day with a series of celebrations.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on North Road, proud Managers honoured the talented females within the Early Years team with gifts of flowers, complete with inspiring quotes attached, as well as a spread of sweet treats to enjoy during breaks as a ‘thank you’ for their outstanding contributions to nursery life and dedication to the children in their care.

Meanwhile, pre-schoolers were delighted to learn about pioneering female figures including Marie Curie, Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman using the ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ book series, as well as discussing the important female role models in their own lives.

River View Deputy Manager, Jolanta Zabulionyte explained;

“We had a fantastic time celebrating the incredible women in our workforce and thanking them for constantly going above and beyond for both the children and each other. We’ve also been teaching our pre-schoolers about the importance of gender equality; from reading books about inspiring women to crafting special cards for the figures who make a difference in their lives, we’ve had a lovely day spreading love and appreciation all around.”

International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March 2024.

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Hampstead Gate celebrate International Women’s Day

Hampstead Gate International Women's Day

Festivities were well underway at Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes as colleagues marked International Women’s Day with a series of staff celebrations.

At the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue, proud Managers honoured the talented females within the Early Years team with a series of gifts and sweet treats to thank them for their outstanding contributions to nursery life, whilst talented Nursery Chef, Olivia Cherry baked a cake for all to enjoy during their breaks in the specially decorated staff room.

Meanwhile, pre-schoolers were delighted to learn about pioneering female figures including Emmeline Pankhurst and Malala Yousafzai using the ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ book series, as well as discussing the important female role models in their own lives.

Hampstead Gate Deputy Manager, Katie Hughes explained;

“Today, our nursery colleagues came together to celebrate International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to putting the spotlight on women’s achievements in society. To show our appreciation for the strong and talented women on our team, we surprised them with some little gestures as a token of our gratitude. We believe in the power of women supporting women, and we are proud to work alongside such inspiring individuals.”

International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March 2024.

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Employee Appreciation Day at Julia Durbin

There were smiles all round at Julia Durbin Day Nursery in Headington as colleagues marked Employee Appreciation Day with a series of staff initiatives to show gratitude.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Roosevelt Drive, devoted teams were delighted to show their admiration for each other in an activity organised by Deputy Manager; Aimee Corcoran, where colleagues filled in prompts to tell each other what they valued most about them and the things they were best at, before exchanging the special messages and enjoying a selection of sweet treats during their breaks in the staff room.

The festivities follow a string of events in nursery which put talented colleagues in the spotlight, most recently celebrations for National Apprenticeship Week which honoured the youngest staff members at the setting, who are attaining their childcare qualifications through the Childbase Academy of Excellence whilst gaining practical experience in nursery.

Julia Durbin Deputy Manager, Aimee Corcoran explained;

“We are so grateful to the team for the consistent love and care they show to every child in our nursery. Their patience, creativity and unwavering support helps to shape the minds of our little ones and their tireless efforts do not go unnoticed. We are truly grateful to have such a dedicated and passionate team and we appreciate them every day of the year.”

Employee Appreciation Day was marked on the first Friday in March.

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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