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Great British Spring Clean at Nursery on the Green

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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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Cedar Park children decorate ‘Eco-Tree’ for Christmas

Children from Cedar Park Day Nursery in Twyford have been showcasing their ‘green fingers’ and getting into the festive spirit by decorating their very own ‘eco’ Christmas tree.

At the award-winning setting on Bridge Farm Road, children from the Butterflies room embellished the Christmas tree out the front of the nursery with a selection of decorations, crafted from natural materials, as well as cheerio wreaths for birds and wildlife to enjoy.

As part of the activities, children showcased their creativity by making bird feeders in the shape of Christmas decorations, from stars and bells to snowmen and candy canes, as well as embarking on daily observations to see if animals had eaten the cheerios from the tree.

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

Cedar Park Day Nursery Manager, Rachael Main explained;

“We are hugely proud of our creative and environmentally conscious children who came together to spread festive cheer for all the families arriving to nursery each day. Not only did this activity ignite their artistic flare, but helped reinforce the importance of using sustainable materials, making mindful choices and taking care of the planet and creatures within it.”  

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Westwood children create a hedgehog house

After learning all about hibernation, children from Westwood Day Nursery in Coventry were delighted to create their very own garden hedgehog house for the creatures to use in winter.

Having co-researched the purpose of a hedgehog house and compiled a list of the resources they would need to make it, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Westwood Business Park gathered a range of natural materials including straw, twigs, leaves and conkers, which they put inside the structure, painted by practitioner, Isabelle.

After adding all the components, children took the hedgehog house outside to the nursery’s wooded area, where they laid it down ready to welcome new residents, before heading back inside to read a range of themed stories, including Childbase book; ‘Hetty the Hedgehog’.

As part of the project, pre-schoolers have been making weekly visits to the wooded area to ensure the hedgehog house is well maintained and replenished for its guests, as well as carrying out observations and discussing the impact of the changing seasons on wildlife.

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

Westwood Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Sue Zaparaniuk explained;

“Our hedgehog house project has really helped to cement the children’s understanding of hibernation, and this has been a brilliant way of linking back to our Eco-Schools curriculum. Through teamwork and resourcefulness, our little conservationists built a snug and warm shelter and learnt how animals adapt to survive the harsh winter months. It’s amazing to see how much they’ve absorbed and their compassion for nature is heartwarming to witness.”

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Seed to plate experiences at Maples

Maples children grow tomatoes for soup

There was delight for children at Maples Day Nursery in Winchester as they picked their harvest of tomatoes, having patiently grown them from plants in the garden outside.

After embarking on a summer gardening project, children from the award-winning setting on Hatherley Road were delighted to see the results of their hard work from the daily watering and pruning, before picking the ripened red tomatoes and taking them in to wash.

Back inside, children spoke about kitchen hygiene and protocols, before putting on their aprons and using safety knives to chop their homegrown tomatoes, along with other fresh vegetables, which they added to the blender to prepare soup which was enjoyed for lunch.

Throughout the experience, children were able to learn about the process from seed to plate, whilst showcasing their early language and mathematics skills to monitor and log the growth of the plants and identify when their crops would be ready to harvest through observations. 

It is for such activities that Maples have been awarded the prestigious ‘Green Flag’ from Eco-Schools, the highest accolade in the international scheme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices, with activities at the nursery including creating habitats for wildlife and litter picking sessions in their local area.

Maples Day Nursery Team Leader, Casey Woodbridge explained;

“We’re hugely proud of the children for seeing this project through from start to finish, and everyone loved the soup we created as a result. Teaching our children about self-sufficiency, healthy eating habits, and the joy of teamwork is a key part of their development. This was a fantastic experience and we look forward to trying more of our homegrown herbs and veg.

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Tomato Harvest at Hampstead Gate

There was delight for children at Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes as they picked their first harvest of tomatoes, having grown them from plants in the garden outside.

After patiently tending to the crops in their eco-garden over the past few months, pre-schoolers from the award-winning setting on Eelbrook Avenue were delighted to see the results of their hard work from the exciting daily gardening sessions, before picking the ripened red tomatoes and taking them inside to wash and taste as part of their snack.

During the activities, children were able to learn about the process from seed to plate, whilst showcasing their early language and mathematics skills to monitor and log the growth of the plants and identify when their crops would be ready to harvest through observations.  

It is for such activities that Hampstead Gate have been awarded the prestigious ‘Green Flag’ from Eco-Schools, the highest accolade in the international scheme, which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices, with activities at the nursery including creating habitats for wildlife and litter picking sessions in their local area.

Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Team Leader, Jordan Hall explained;

“This was a fantastic learning experience for the children and even those in the group who don’t usually eat tomatoes were intrigued to try them, having worked so hard to nurture them. They were so proud of this achievement and couldn’t wait to tell their families; we are now looking forward to picking the remaining fruit and vegetables that we are growing.”

Hampstead Gate tomato growing

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Outdoor exploration at Lime Grove

Lime Grove outdoor exploration

Children from Lime Grove Day Nursery in Hemel Hempstead have been embracing the last of the warm weather with a series of outdoor activities to delve into art, sport and nature.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Park Road, pre-schoolers started by exploring the practice of ‘plein air painting’, which is the process of painting outdoors with the subject in full view, using a range of natural materials collected from the garden as inspiration for their artwork, as well as tools for making their marks on the paper.

After creating their masterpieces, young explorers enjoyed searching for minibeasts with magnifying glasses and observing the insects in their bug hotels, as well as tending to the fruit and vegetables growing in their planters, ready to be picked and used in nursery meals.

From bike riding to beanbag throwing, there were also plenty of opportunities to showcase physical skills as children took part in a special Sports Week, trying out a variety of activities for the first time and working together in teams to follow the rules and learn new techniques.

During the activities, children spoke about the importance of exercise to healthy lifestyles and the benefits this can provide, as well as measures for staying safe in the sunshine.  

Lime Grove Day Nursery Team Leader, Robyn Shuck explained;

“We are advocates of all-weather play the whole year round as there are endless benefits for the children and so many exciting learning opportunities to be had, all whilst aiding both personal and social development. We have been soaking up the September sun and have had so much fun whilst improving motor skills, co-ordination, confidence and teamwork.”  

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Outdoor artwork at Lime Grove

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Knowle Green children enjoy author visit

Knowle Green children with Andrew Weale

There was excitement for young book lovers at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as they welcomed talented children’s author, Andrew Weale, for a special storytelling session.

Known for his titles including ‘One Newt in a Suit’ and ‘Dinosaur Doo’, pre-schoolers from the award-winning setting were captivated as they listened to a selection of stories written and read by the author, complete with group actions throughout, much to the delight of children.

As part of the exciting experience, children were able to ask Andrew questions about his stories and his path to becoming a published author, as well as having their books signed.

Following on from the visit, pre-schoolers have enjoyed activities themed around the beloved story of ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson, which children picked as their ‘book of the week’, having been inspired by green parakeet feathers found in the garden outside.

From making rice krispie nest cakes and acting out the story, to making potions inspired by the character of ‘The Witch’ and creating bird feeders for the garden parakeets using natural and recycled materials, there were endless chances for children to showcase creativity in learning opportunities led by dedicated Pre-School Team Leader, Sammie Betts.

Knowle Green Day Nursery Manager, Chanelle Weaver explained;

“Our pre-schoolers had such a wonderful time during Andrew’s visit and were transported by his storytelling abilities. The children absolutely love books and we hope that this session will continue to ignite a lifelong passion for reading, which we will nurture until they go to school.”

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Devonshire scoop second Green Flag with Distinction

Devonshire Green Flag with Distinction

There was cause for celebration at Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick as proud children and colleagues learnt that they had received another prestigious eco-accreditation.

After scooping a ‘Green Flag’ with distinction as part of the international Eco-Schools programme last year, children from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day setting on Bennett Street were delighted to earn the top award for the second year running, following a sustained environmental project and curriculum of ‘green’ topics, involving all ages.

The accolade, which is the highest achievement in the international programme, recognises sustainable initiatives in nursery, which include growing vegetables, creating habitats for wildlife, crafting with natural and recycled materials, litter picking sessions and more.

This year, Devonshire children and colleagues have put emphasis on global citizenship by sponsoring a polar bear to help protect the creatures from climate change, as well as focusing on garden biodiversity by planting bee friendly flowers and installing bug hotels.

Devonshire also has its own dedicated Eco-Committee, which is led by a devoted Eco-Representative 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.

Praising the achievement, an Eco-Schools Representative explained;

“Your hard work and dedication has inspired young people and empowered them with the belief that they can positively impact our planet – this is something incredibly special. Thank you for submitting such a terrific application. We have loved reading about your journey this year and think that the positive messages you are giving your children about charity and looking after our wildlife is a real strength of your application.”

Devonshire Day Nursery Manager, Emmy Avery said;

“We are immensely proud of our nursery children for their extraordinary achievement. They are the future stewards of our planet, and with their unwavering dedication, we are confident that a greener and more sustainable world is within reach.”

Childbase Partnership has recently been named ‘Early Years Provider of the Year’ by Keep Britain Tidy for earning the Eco-Schools ‘Green Flag’ award in every single nursery setting, a record-breaking sector first, which recognises exceptional environmental awareness efforts.

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Knowle Green enjoy Eco-Week following awards victory

Knowle Green Eco Week

Festivities were well underway at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as children and colleagues celebrated earning another eco-accreditation with a themed week at the setting.

Having received the prestigious Green Flag with Distinction, the highest accolade in the international Eco-Schools scheme, pre-schoolers were delighted to be immersed in a special Eco-Week, filled with activities including planting seasonal vegetables in the allotment area outside and learning how to tend to their crops, which will then be used in nursery meals.

After reading the story of ‘Harry and the Big Clean Up’, a storybook written by Childbase Partnership colleagues and provided as a free gift to every nursery child, pre-schoolers spoke about the impact of littering on animals and the environment, before taking to the grounds of the setting with their litter pickers to collect and dispose of any rubbish.

As part of the activities, children ventured to the woodland area outside, where they collected sticks and other natural resources to experiment with during mark making sessions, as well as to be used in crafting activities including collage making.

Knowle Green Day Nursery Manager, Chanelle Weaver explained;

“Over the past year, our pre-schoolers have shown immense dedication and passion for taking care of our planet. They have learned about recycling, conserving energy, healthy living and the importance of global citizenship. They have been actively involved in various eco-friendly projects, both at school and home and this was the perfect way to celebrate.”

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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