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Celebrating National Storytelling Week at Nature Trails Day Nursery

‘Monkey Puzzle’, ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ were just some of the beloved books that inspired costumes at Nature Trails Day Nursery in Cawston as children and colleagues dressed up in character to mark National Storytelling Week.

At the award-winning setting on Coventry Road, pre-schoolers were delighted to share their favourite stories with friends, whilst being immersed in fantasy worlds of famous books including ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ with related activities.

Across the setting pre-schoolers also explored story sacks, character puppets, themed tuff trays and role play games to support understanding of the books being shared, whilst nursery families made voluntary donations of items for the Rugby Foodbank.

Nature Trails Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Kelly Lawson explained;

“We had a fantastic time celebrating National Storytelling Week and loved seeing all the effort that went into dressing up. Storytelling is essential for developing communication skills and presents endless learning opportunities for children. We are also hugely grateful to our generous families for helping us to support the worthy cause that is the Rugby Foodbank.”

Nature Trails Day Nursery are supporting The Trussell Trust as part of a year-long donation and fundraising drive to help local people who need it most.

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Bags of joy for Julia Durbin Day Nursery children

There were smiles all round at Julia Durbin Day Nursery in Headington as delighted children across the setting traded in their old red tote bags for brand new grey rucksacks.

Complete with reflective piping for being safe and seen, as well as a hidden zip pocket and debossed Childbase Partnership logo, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Roosevelt Drive proudly paraded the new accessories, which have been provided as a free gift to every child attending one of the 44 Childbase nursery settings.

Julia Durbin Day Nursery Business Administrator, Emma Piorkowski explained;

“There was so much excitement amongst the children at the sight of their new rucksacks. They have been wearing them non-stop and were thrilled to show their parents during pick up time. The bags are also a great tool for promoting school readiness amongst the group, encouraging independence and looking after their property before their next stages.”

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National Storytelling Week at Windmill Hill Day Nursery

Windmill Hill Storytelling Week

Festivities were well underway at Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon as children celebrated National Storytelling Week with a series of themed activities and a guest visitor.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Windmill Hill Business Park, children were immersed in creative opportunities based around beloved books, from exploring a ‘Room on the Broom’ themed sensory swamp to making ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ inspired playdough.

As part of the occasion, pre-schoolers were delighted to welcome a nursery grandparent to the setting for a special storytelling session, where they enjoyed listening to them bring the beloved tales of ‘Mrs Armitage’s Bicycle’ and ‘Chicken Licken’ to life.

Windmill Hill Day Nursery Quality Manager, Karamay Pritchett explained;

“Storytelling is a fantastic way of bringing people together and is wonderful for inspiring, entertaining and capturing the children’s imaginations. We love having visitors come in, especially family members, and are so grateful to them for giving up their time to help create these rich and memorable learning experiences.”

National Storytelling Week runs from 28th January – 5th February.

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Cedar Park Day Nursery children celebrate Lunar New Year

Cedar Park Lunar New Year

Festivities were well underway at Cedar Park Day Nursery in Twyford as children and practitioners celebrated Lunar New Year with a series of activities and guest visitor.

At the award-winning setting on Bridge Farm Road, children welcomed the ‘Year of the Rabbit’ by discovering how the twelve zodiac animals were chosen, as well as acting out the story of the great race with dragon props that they had created themselves.

As part of the learning experience, pre-schoolers were visited by Childbase Partnership’s International Education Director, Jeanne Barczewska, who shared her knowledge on China and its rich culture, having helped to support the company’s purpose-built Zhixu Kindergarten for children aged between six weeks and six years in Shanghai.

During her visit to the nursery, Jeanne shared photos and stories from her trips to China, as well as reading the children a story about Lunar New Year and teaching them ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ in Mandarin, before taking any questions from the group.

Cedar Park Day Nursery Manager, Rachael Main explained;

“We have had a fantastic time celebrating Lunar New Year and were thrilled to have Jeanne visit. This was a brilliant learning opportunity for the children as she has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share, and this was a great way to spark further curiosity.”

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Nursery on the Green children make fire station visit

Nursery on the Green fire station visit

Following an interest in ‘people that help us’, children from Nursery on the Green in Redbourn were delighted to visit local heroes at their nearby fire station.

After putting on their coats and high-vis vests, pre-schoolers from the award-winning setting on South Common took a walk through the village to Redbourn Fire Station, where they enjoyed a talk on fire safety, before having the opportunity to try on the protective clothing and having races timed by the Chief to see who could put on the special gear the fastest.

As part of the exciting opportunity, captivated children were given a tour of the fire engine and all its equipment, as well as having the chance to use the water hose to knock down fire training templates with the help and guidance of the expert firefighters.  

Back at nursery, children took part in a range of activities to further learning, including showcasing their creativity by making their very own fire engines using an array of recycled materials and reflecting on their new-found knowledge of the topic.

Nursery on the Green Manager, Carli Toal explained;

“We love to follow the children’s interests in nursery and our trip to the fire station provided so many fantastic learning experiences for the group. We are so grateful to the firefighters for giving up their time to make this visit so memorable for our pre-schoolers, who now have a much greater understanding of the important work they do within our community.”

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Greengables Day Nursery children receive letter from David Attenborough

Young environmental enthusiasts from Greengables Day Nursery in Owlsmoor were delighted to receive a letter from legendary conservationist David Attenborough, having written to him following an interest in the ocean and sea turtles.

At the award-winning setting on Yeovil Road, pre-schoolers were thrilled to adopt their own marine turtle with the WWF, which inspired them to write to Sir David with their questions, which included ‘Do turtles have teeth?’ and ‘Have you ever seen or swam with a turtle?’

In his handwritten response, Sir David thanked the children for their letter and answered their burning questions, informing them that turtles did not have teeth and that he had previously swam with hawksbill sea turtles, which are critically endangered.

Greengables Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Julia Grant explained;

“We were over the moon to receive this letter from David Attenborough as he is a wonderful role model and an inspiration to us all at nursery. The children have a huge amount of care and respect for the environment a lot of interest in this topic, so to have such a special reply means a lot and is something we will cherish for years to come.”

Greengables Day Nursery are the proud holders of the ‘Green Flag’ award from Eco-Schools, the highest accolade in the internationally recognised programme which is awarded for exceptional environmental awareness and conservation practices.

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Windmill Hill Day Nursery children celebrate Lunar New Year

Windmill Hill Lunar New Year

There was cause for celebration at Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon as children and practitioners marked Lunar New Year with a series of inspired activities.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Windmill Hill Business Park, pre-schoolers showcased their creativity by painting lanterns and making paper chains which were then hung above the classroom doors as a symbol of good luck, before trying their hand at painting Chinese letters and numbers to develop fine motor and mark making skills.

As part of the festivities for the ‘Year of the Rabbit’, children were immersed in storytelling opportunities where they used the projector to create shadow figures for a special show, as well as impersonating zodiac animals including dragons and tigers to bring the tales to life.

Children also enjoyed practicing their chopstick skills and themed sensory play, before finishing the celebrations by creating their own money to exchange inside authentic money wallets, which were provided by a generous nursery family for the children to explore.

Windmill Hill Day Nursery Quality Manager, Karamay Pritchett explained;

“We had a fantastic time marking Lunar New Year and this provided endless opportunities for creativity. We believe it’s important to teach the children about a broad range of cultural events to give them a greater understanding of the world around them, as well as to celebrate the diversity within both our nursery and wider community.”

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Nene Valley Day Nursery children enjoy firefighter visit

Following an interest in ‘people that help us’, children from Nene Valley Day Nursery in Northampton were delighted to welcome local firefighters to the setting for a special visit.

At the award-winning setting on Northampton General Hospital Complex, firefighters spoke to captivated pre-schoolers about the equipment used to extinguish flames, before showing them the protective clothing worn and giving a guided tour of the fire engine and its sirens.

As part of the learning experience, children were able to ask the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service heroes any questions to further their knowledge on the topic.

Nene Valley Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Hayley Baverstock explained;  

“We are so grateful to the firefighters for taking the time to come and visit. The children were overwhelmed with excitement on their arrival and listened intently to everything they had to say. This was a lovely learning opportunity and has given the group a much greater understanding of the important work they do within our community.”

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West Cambridge Day Nursery children celebrate Lunar New Year

Festivities were well underway at West Cambridge Day Nursery as children and practitioners welcomed the ‘Year of the Rabbit’ with a series of exciting celebrations and a guest visitor.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ setting on Charles Babbage Road, pre-schoolers were delighted to welcome a nursery parent, who read one of the children’s beloved Peppa Pig storybooks in Mandarin, before taking any questions about Lunar New Year from the group.

After co-researching traditional customs of the festival, children enjoyed a food tasting session complete with traditional dishes including Ma Po tofu and Yu Xiang with aubergine, vegetable spring rolls and pancakes, before engaging in chopstick noodle play by way of practice, whilst developing their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Children were also immersed in crafting opportunities as they showcased their creativity by making rabbit masks and Chinese inspired lanterns using an array of recyclable materials.

West Cambridge Day Nursery Team Leader, Alistair Montgomery explained;

“Lunar New Year has provided so many brilliant opportunities for the children and we are hugely grateful to our nursery families who help us deliver these rich learning experiences. We mark a broad range of cultural events throughout the year to give the children a greater understanding of the world and celebrate the diversity within our community.”

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Lime Grove Day Nursery children celebrate National Storytelling Week

There were learning opportunities at every turn for children at Lime Grove Day Nursery in Hemel Hempstead as they celebrated National Storytelling Week with a series of activities.

 At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Park Road, children in the Ladybirds Room were delighted to be introduced to ‘Bernard the Travel Bear’, who will be passed around over the coming weeks to join families at home and on their weekend adventures. The children will record their experiences, which will then be collated into a book to be shared and recalled in special story time sessions to aid communication and language skills.

 To further this focus, children have been learning baby sign with the guidance of their expert practitioners, as well as books and resources, helping them to convey their emotions and needs more effectively whilst they develop all the skills necessary for speech.

 As part of the festivities, children showcased their creativity by drawing characters from their favourite books, including ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, as well as exploring new words and phrases to encourage the use of small sentences.  

Lime Grove Day Nursery Team Leader, Robyn Shuck explained;  

“Storytelling is essential for developing language and listening skills and is wonderful for capturing the imagination. The children love books and have had a brilliant time celebrating this week, we are also very excited to see how the story of Bernard the Bear turns out.”

National Storytelling Week runs from January 28th – February 5th.

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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