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Green Flag victory for Hampstead Gate

There was delight for children and colleagues at Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes as their passion for the planet earnt them another major environmental accolade.

Having scooped the prestigious ‘Green Flag with Distinction’ as part of the international Eco-Schools scheme for the past three years, pre-schoolers from the setting on Eelbrook Avenue were thrilled to add the award to their impressive repertoire for the fourth time, following a sustained environmental project and curriculum of green topics involving children of all ages.

The accolade, which is the highest achievement in the programme involving children across 64 countries, recognises sustainable initiatives in nursery, which include growing herbs and vegetables to be used in homemade meals, creating habitats for wildlife, crafting with natural and recycled materials and taking part in litter picking sessions around their local area.

Over the past month, pre-schoolers have enjoyed learning about life cycles first hand by caring for ducklings in their early stages of life after watching them hatch from their eggs, as well as preparing their garden for frogspawn which is being donated by a parent and celebrating Earth Day with activities, including creating their very own recycling centre.

Hampstead Gate also has its own dedicated Eco-Committee, which is led by devoted Sustainability Lead, Rachael Wright and made up of a number of Pre-School children who take a lead role in ensuring the rest of nursery is environmentally considerate by ensuring resources like paper aren’t wasted, taps are not left running and that knowledge is shared.

Following Hampstead Gate’s victory, a representative from Eco-Schools explained;

“Your eco-committee have used an impressive variety of methods to promote sustainability. From the beginning of your Eco-Schools journey you have shown how the programme should be delivered in an early years setting. Your eco-code is punchy, clear and easy to digest for those that see it, It is a direct call to action and we love this.”

Hampstead Gate Sustainability Lead, Rachael Wright explained;

“We are thrilled to have received another Green Flag with Distinction. Recently, our little ones have learnt how to reduce their carbon footprint and have used their eco-garden to grow wildflower and vegetables. This recognition is a testament to our commitment to sustainability and environmental education for pre-schoolers, and we are so proud of their hard work in helping to make our world a greener place.”

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Westwood celebrate World Bee Day

There was a buzz of excitement in the air at Westwood Day Nursery in Coventry as children and colleagues dressed in yellow to mark World Bee Day with a series of themed activities.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Westwood Business Park, younger children practiced their mathematics skills by counting bees in the garden, as well as taking part in sticking activities using yellow and black materials, whilst older children showcased their creativity by making their own bees using paper plates and patterns with pipettes.

Meanwhile, pre-schoolers embarked on a nature hunt outside to observe the pollinators in action and gather pinecones, which they then used to create their own bees with the help of colourful wool and pipe cleaners. This encouraged conversations around the appearance and characteristics of the creatures, helping to aid speech and language skills.

As part of the activities, older children also took part in gardening activities to help plant special flowers in order to encourage more bees into the garden, which will benefit the ecosystem in a host of ways and help slow the increasing decline of the bee population.

Westwood Day Nursery Manager, Lyndsey Matthews explained;

“We had a fantastic time celebrating World Bee Day and giving the children a better insight into the integral role they play as part of the biodiversity we depend on. We believe in fostering a love for nature and sustainability from a young age, and today was a perfect example of how education can inspire a lifelong passion for protecting our planet.”

World Bee Day was celebrated on 20th May 2024.

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Grasshoppers children receive special letter from Mayor

There was excitement at Grasshoppers Day Nursery in Aylesbury as budding young environmentalists received a special letter and certificate of appreciation from the Mayor.

Having completed a litter picking initiative around their local area, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Wendover Road were delighted to be sent the exciting post from Cllr Steven Lambert, who praised the children for their efforts as part of the Grasshoppers Day Nursery Eco-Committee, and wrote of his own experiences of volunteering with the Aylesbury Wombles to help make the town a greener place.

In a snippet of the letter to the Eco-Committee, which is made up of children Zak, Aditi, Libby, Virat, Christopher, Louie, Aran and Freya, the Mayor wrote:

“Thank you for all your hard work in picking up the rubbish and for all your hard work as part of your Eco-Committee. Thank you to your teachers for their help too. I was so impressed and pleased to hear that you had taken the time to do this, and Lauren has shared with me a picture of you all in your bright green jackets and your litter picker sticks. Thank you again and keep up the good work on behalf of the town of Aylesbury.”

Grasshoppers Deputy Manager, Lauren Trotter explained;

“The children were so proud to receive this special correspondence from the Mayor and this has really inspired them to continue in their environmental endeavours. They love taking part in the eco-activities and it’s moments like this that remind us of the importance of keeping our community clean, respecting the planet and encouraging good citizenship.”

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

Pre-schoolers take part in a curriculum of sustainable activities all year round, from crafting with natural and recycled materials to making habitats for wildlife, all whilst learning key educational messages, including the importance of nutrition to healthy lifestyles.

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Nursery on the Green mark David Attenborough’s birthday

Festivities were well underway at Nursery on the Green in Southall as children and colleagues celebrated the 98th birthday of broadcaster and biologist, David Attenborough.

At the award-winning setting on Thorncliffe Road, pre-schoolers marked the special occasion with a series of inspired activities, including making birthday cards and artwork to send to the legendary conservationist, as well as viewing short clips of his television work, including Planet Earth, as well as taking part in environmental initiatives in his honour.

Sir David Attenborough has inspired children and colleagues alike at the nursery, who are proud holders of the prestigious Green Flag with Distinction from Eco-Schools, the highest accolade in the international scheme which is given for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices, including creating habitats and growing vegetables.

Nursery on the Green Deputy Manager, Meera Ladva explained;

“As a pioneer and role model across the generations, Sir David’s dedication to protecting our planet has encouraged so many to take action and make a positive impact on the world. It’s never too early to instil a love and respect for the planet, and we’re thrilled to see our pre-schoolers embracing these important values at such a young age. We had a fantastic time celebrating and would like to wish David Attenborough a very happy birthday.”

Sir David Attenborough turns 98 on 8th May 2024.

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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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Great British Spring Clean at Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers Spring Clean

Devoted children and colleagues from Grasshoppers Day Nursery in Aylesbury have been showcasing their care for the environment by taking to their local area for a special cause.

Inspired by the Great British Spring Clean, the nation’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign operated by Keep Britain Tidy, pre-schoolers and staff from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery’s ‘Eco-Committee’ joined forces to rid their nearby streets and green areas of rubbish, which they then appropriately sorted into refuse and recycling.

Back inside the classroom, pre-schoolers took part in a series of themed activities to learn more about the negative effects of litter both on land and in the ocean and the ways in which they could help, as well as taking part in co-research using books and the interactive board.

It is for such activities that Grasshoppers have earnt a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award, the highest accolade in the internationally recognised Eco-Schools programme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.

Grasshoppers Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Lauren Trotter explained;

“It was truly inspiring to see our children taking so much pride in collecting all the litter from our area and understanding the importance of caring for the planet. We hope to influence our little ones to be the next generation of caretakers for our environment, as well as being great citizens within our community as they grow up.”  

The Great British Spring Clean took place from 15th – 31st March 2024.

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Great British Spring Clean at Nursery on the Green

NOG Spring Clean

Families and colleagues from Nursery on the Green in Southall have been showcasing their care for the environment by taking to their local area for the Great British Spring Clean.

The initiative, which is the nation’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign, saw groups from the award-winning setting on Thorncliffe Road join forces to rid their nearby streets and verges of rubbish, which they then appropriately sorted into refuse and recycling.

Back inside the classroom, pre-schoolers took part in a series of themed activities to learn more about the negative effects of litter both on land and in the ocean and the ways in which they could help, as well as taking part in co-research using books and the interactive board.

It is for such activities that Nursery on the Green have earnt a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award, the highest accolade in the internationally recognised Eco-Schools programme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.

Nursery on the Green Manager, Emma Littler explained;

“Taking part in the Great British Spring Clean provided the perfect opportunity to teach our little ones about the importance of taking action to protect our planet. Working together to keep our community clean was an extremely rewarding experience, and we are so lucky to have such a brilliant parent partnership, with so many volunteers that gave up time to help.”

The Great British Spring Clean took place from 15th – 31st March 2024.

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Hampstead Gate children prepare for spring

Hampstead Gate planting

Ahead of Global Recycling Day, children from Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes have been showcasing their ‘green fingers’ by planting an array of flowers donated by their generous families in re-used tyres outside, ready to bloom in the springtime.

After receiving the flowers from both nursery parents and grandparents, children from the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue were delighted to take to the vibrant nursery garden, where they enjoyed using their tools to dig holes in the soil, before carefully placing the plants inside and covering them back over, following instructions as they went.

The young eco-enthusiasts have now been tasked with caring for the flowers as they grow through regular gardening activities, where they will water and prune the plants, as well as monitor their growth to help learn basic maths and science messages ready for school.

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

Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Team Leader, Jordan Hall explained;

“The children were excited to get their hands dirty and learn about how plants grow and the importance of taking care of nature. It was a great interactive learning experience that helped them develop their fine motor skills and understanding of the natural world. We are hugely grateful to our nursery families for their kind donations, which not only make our garden a more beautiful place, but provide the children with exciting learning opportunities.”

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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