News

Hampstead Gate Day Nursery children embark on acorn planting mission

Acorn planting at Hampstead Gate Day Nursery

Following an important appeal from The Parks Trust, children from Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes were delighted to take to the garden outside to plant acorns.

The project, which was motivated by the ash dieback which is killing vast amounts of ash trees across the country, called for local people to plant acorns in pots and nurture them for two years, before returning them to be planted in ancient woodlands across the area.

At the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue, pre-schoolers have enjoyed supporting the campaign, all whilst learning about the important role they are playing to maintain nearby habitats and eco-systems, as well as co-researching the life cycle of an acorn.

To support the learning experience, families have also been collecting autumnal resources on weekend walks which the children have used to create collages as well as other crafts.

It is for such activities that Hampstead Gate 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.

Pre-schoolers take part in a curriculum of sustainable activities all year round, from growing herbs and vegetables which are used in meals to making habitats for wildlife, all whilst learning key educational messages, including the importance of nutrition to healthy lifestyles.

Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Team Leader, Ashleigh Smith explained;

“We are thrilled to be taking part in the acorn collection initiative this year and believe this will create a lovely lasting legacy, even after our children have left the nursery. This has also presented a range of learning opportunities as well as teaching responsibility, patience and awareness about the issues impacting our environment and how we can help.”

Accreditations

News

Getting close to nature at Hampstead Gate Day Nursery

Pre-schoolers from Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes were delighted to witness the life cycle of a butterfly first hand, thanks to a special live growing and observation kit at the setting, before gathering in the garden to set them free.

At the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue, children were captivated as they watched the caterpillars transform into a chrysalis over the weeks, before emerging as butterflies in their final stages. The group then took to the garden outside, where they released the creatures and even dressed up as them in inspired outfits to mark the occasion.  

Following on from this, children were keen to co-research the different types of butterflies that are native to the UK using books and the smart board, as well as investigating the steps they could take to attract more of them to the garden in the warmer months. 

It is for such activities 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 conservation and awareness practices.

Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Team Leader, Ashleigh Smith explained;

“We had a brilliant few weeks watching the caterpillars transform into butterflies and everyone was fascinated to watch this process in person. This was such a rich learning experience for the children, which has also provided them with a deeper understanding of both metamorphosis and the natural world around them.”

Hampstead Gate children release butterflies into wild

Accreditations

News

Top of the crops at Knowle Green Day Nursery

Knowle Green Veg Patch

There were exciting learning opportunities at every turn for children at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as they took to the garden outside to pick their homegrown crops.

Having grown a successful harvest of tomatoes and peppers in their allotment area, budding young horticulturists from the award-winning setting on Knowle Green were delighted to pick the ripened produce, which was then enjoyed by the group as part of their daily snack.

It is for such activities that Knowle 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.

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.

Knowle Green Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Chelsea Basley explained;

“The children love tending to their allotment area and this has been such a rewarding process for everyone involved. They have loved tracking the progress of their crops, and these initiatives offer a host of benefits, including aiding concentration, encouraging responsibility and gaining a better insight into where our food comes from.”

Accreditations

News

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.

Accreditations

News

Top environmental award for Devonshire Day Nursery pre-schoolers

Green Flag awarded at Devonshire

After receiving a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award in 2020 as part of the international Eco-Schools scheme, children and practitioners from Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick 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 Bennett Street, following a sustained environmental awareness 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 picked and used in meals by talented 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, Devonshire were commended by assessors who praised their passionate eco-committee, consisting of children who drive forward ideas for change, as well as initiatives that embed environmental messages into everyday routines.

An overjoyed Devonshire Manager, Emmy Avery, 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 Devonshire and looking after the environment plays a huge part in that. The respect and care the children have for the nature around them is lovely to see and bodes well for their adult lives”, she explained.

In a letter to Devonshire, an Eco-Schools representative said;

“We are sure that the wonderful work you have done to empower your young people to make healthy food choices must be an immense source of pride for you all. Your incredible efforts this year and the excellent application you have submitted are to be commended and we congratulate you on earning a thoroughly-deserved Green Flag with Distinction.”

Accreditations

News

Exciting eco-experiments at Maples Day Nursery

There were exciting learning opportunities at every turn for children at Maples Day Nursery in Winchester as they took part in an experiment to grow their own runner beans.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Hatherley Road, pre-schoolers started by making predictions on which growing conditions would best suit the vegetables, before putting their theories to the test using both a dark cupboard and a bright windowsill.  

After tracking the progress of their crops, the group observed that the runner beans which were exposed to direct sunlight grew bigger than the ones in the dark over the same time period, before using their scientific knowledge to discuss why this was the outcome.  

The children then helped to re-pot the runner beans in the garden, where they will be tended to, before eventually being picked and used in meals by talented Nursery Chefs.

Maples Day Nursery Team Leader, Danni Markwick explained;

“The children loved this experiment and were delighted to see the results; science is brilliant for helping to develop life skills such as problem solving and forming opinions based on observations. There is always something rewarding about using our produce in meals too.”

It is for such activities that Maples 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.

Accreditations

News

Westwood Day Nursery celebrate Earth Day

There were exciting learning opportunities at every turn for children at Westwood Day Nursery in Coventry as they celebrated Earth Day with a series of themed activities.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Westwood Business Park, Westwood Way, pre-schoolers immersed themselves in all the occasion had to offer, including researching the life cycles of various creatures, exploring world atlases, creating interpretations of the globe using art materials and learning more about marine life.

From babies using recycled paper from the shredder for sensory activities, to older children creating bug hotels for insect observations and growing vegetables in the garden which are then used in meals by talented Nursery Chefs, children of all ages take part in a curriculum of eco-activities the whole year round whilst learning key educational messages.

It is for such initiatives that Westwood have earnt a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award from Eco-Schools for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.

Westwood Day Nursery Manager, Carly Ward explained;

“We had a wonderful time celebrating Earth Day and this presented some brilliant opportunities for the children to showcase their creativity and expand on their existing knowledge of the topic. The eco-activities are so rewarding for everyone involved and help to improve skills such as communication and language, as well as aiding concentration.” 

Earth Day is celebrated globally on 22nd April to promote conservation of the natural world and raise awareness of the dangers of pollution, climate change and threats to wildlife.

 

Accreditations

News

Celebrating Earth Day at Hampstead Gate Day Nursery

Planting sunflower seeds in recycled coffee cups and making bird feeders to encourage garden wildlife were just some of the exciting activities that children from Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes enjoyed as they celebrated Earth Day.

At the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue, children were delighted to immerse themselves in a range of special themed activities to mark the occasion, including making their own signs and posters for an eco-friendly march, learning a litter song, co-researching animals of the world and exploring a marine water tray to promote keeping oceans clean.

From babies using recycled paper from the shredder for sensory activities, to older children creating bug hotels for insect observations and growing vegetables in the garden which are then used in meals by talented Nursery Chefs, children of all ages take part in a curriculum of eco-activities the whole year round whilst learning key educational messages.

It is for such initiatives that Hampstead Gate have earnt a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award from Eco-Schools for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.

Hampstead Gate Eco-Ambassador and Nursery Practitioner, Rachel Wright said;

“We had a wonderful time celebrating Earth Day and this presented some brilliant opportunities for the children to showcase their creativity and expand on their existing knowledge of the topic. The green activities are so rewarding for everyone involved and help to improve skills such as communication and language, as well as aiding concentration.”  

Earth Day is celebrated globally on 22nd April to promote conservation of the natural world and raise awareness of the dangers of pollution, climate change and threats to wildlife.

Accreditations

News

Greengables Day Nursery children inspired by Big Schools Birdwatch

Children from Greengables Day Nursery in Owlsmoor were captivated as they took to the garden to identify wildlife visitors, inspired by the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch.

At the award-winning setting on Yeovil Road, pre-schoolers identified and marked down a variety of birds, the most common sighting being of pigeons and starlings, before showcasing their creativity by making their very own bird feeders and houses to encourage biodiversity, as well as finding out more about nests and feathers.

Greengables Day Nursery Manager, Lyndsey Burns explained;

“The children were delighted to take part in the bird watching exercise and this provided so many valuable learning opportunities. We are now hoping to extend our activities around this topic and welcome some rarer breeds into the garden.”

At Greengables, children take part in sustainable activities all year round, from planting and growing vegetables to crafting with natural and recycled materials, leading them to earn a prestigious ‘Green Flag’, the highest accolade in the internationally-recognised Eco-Schools programme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.

Birdwatching at Greengables

Accreditations

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