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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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Employee Appreciation Day at Lime Grove

Lime Grove Employee Appreciation

The focus was on hardworking colleagues at Lime Grove Day Nursery in Hemel Hempstead as the team marked Employee Appreciation Day with a series of initiatives to show gratitude.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Park Road, colleagues were each gifted stationary items and a crocheted ‘positive pickle’ by their grateful Managers; Kelly Climpson, Robyn Shuck and Yasmin Diver as a token of thanks, before being treated to a spread of sweet treats in the specially decorated staff room, including fresh fruit platters, cakes and confectionery.

The festivities follow a string of events to celebrate talented teams, including a company-wide long service dinner for staff who have worked at Childbase Partnership for over 15 years, as well as annual awards ceremony and a new wellbeing initiative launched in January, giving each colleague the potential to earn up to 20 extra days of paid leave throughout 2024, based on attendance, to help improve and enhance work-life balance.

Lime Grove Day Nursery Manager, Kelly Climpson explained;

“We wanted to take this opportunity to individually thank each of our colleagues for the incredible contributions they make to our nursery. Their commitment to creating a safe, nurturing environment does not go unnoticed and we feel extremely lucky to work with such a passionate and devoted team of people, who always go above and beyond.”

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

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Celebrating colleague achievements at Lavenders

The spotlight was on a beloved Nursery Practitioner from Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford as her adoring team honoured her for going above and beyond for the children in her care.

Asha Banghard, who has worked at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bushmead Avenue for the past 23 years, was celebrated by colleagues with a special reward payment and a personalised apron as a token of gratitude for her continued dedication to the role, where she creates exciting learning opportunities on a daily basis.

Renowned for her cooking masterclasses, every month Asha gives children a choice of inspired recipes from the different events and cultural festivals taking place, which they bring to life with her expert guidance, making delicious culinary creations including vegetable pakoras and gingerbread biscuits as they learn kitchen skills and important safety practices.

During the sessions, which promote independence through the use of child-friendly kitchen equipment, pre-schoolers are able to develop communication and language skills as they follow instructions and discuss the ingredients being used and sensory experiences involved, as well as building upon mathematics as they practice weighing and measuring.

Lavenders Day Nursery Manager, Dizzie Newberry explained;

“Asha is simply brilliant in every way, she is such an asset to the team and an incredible role model to our little ones, who love the magical experiences she creates for them, which they may not be able to replicate at home. She closely follows the interests of the children and builds upon them to provide the best possible learning outcomes. We couldn’t be prouder to have her at our nursery and we are truly grateful for the passion and insight she brings.”

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February festivities at Hertford Barns

February festivities Hertford Barns

Celebrations were well underway at Hertford Barns Day Nursery as hardworking colleagues celebrated Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day with a series of team initiatives.

To mark Shrove Tuesday, devoted teams from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Cole Green enjoyed a special pancake station, complete with sweet treat toppings and fresh fruit, which they were able to help themselves to during their breaks, as well as discussing the things they would be giving up for Lent, which follows Ash Wednesday.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and sharing the love, colleagues also took the time to write a personalised message of appreciation for someone else in the team, sharing what they valued most about their colleagues and the positive impact they had on life at the nursery.

Hertford Barns Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Laura Grace explained;

“We had a fantastic time embracing these February events; indulging in some delicious pancakes and acknowledging the incredible bond amongst our nursery team. The connections we have formed with each other are a reflection of everyone’s dedication to make the nursery the best possible environment for the children in our care and these notes were a reminder of how special a workplace Hertford Barns is.”

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Shrove Tuesday celebrations at Brinds Well

Brinds Well Shrove Tuesday

Bananas, strawberries, blueberries, chocolate and maple syrup were just some of the delicious toppings that hardworking colleagues from Brinds Well Day Nursery in Chelsfield enjoyed on their pancakes as they were treated to a special Shrove Tuesday spread.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Hawstead Lane, devoted staff teams were delighted to be greeted by Nursery Manager, Vanessa Lawrence and Nursery Chef, Holly Galley, who served up fluffy fresh pancakes for all to enjoy, accompanied by a serving station of sweet treats and fresh fruits to give colleagues a boost on their breaks.

As part of the festivities, which mark the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, pre-schoolers took part in a range of themed activities, including pancake decorating, kitchen role play activities and learning about the meaning behind the celebrations.

Brinds Well Day Nursery Manager, Vanessa Lawrence explained;

“Our amazing colleagues always go above and beyond to deliver the best possible care and learning experiences for our children, so we love to make them feel just as valued at every opportunity. This is a small token of gratitude for the immense effort they put into making our nursery an extraordinary place and we had a brilliant time celebrating as a team.”

Shrove Tuesday is celebrated on 13th February 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