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Lime Grove Day Nursery colleagues banish the Monday blues

Lime Grove Blue Monday

Despite being labelled as the ‘the gloomiest day of the year’, there were smiles all round at Lime Grove Day Nursery in Hemel Hempstead as colleagues enjoyed a series of ‘Blue Monday’ inspired wellbeing celebrations at the setting.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Park Road, staff pulled out all the stops as they wore their brightest clothing to work, before enjoying a special ‘Rainbow’ themed buffet spread for lunch complete with exotic fruit platters, vibrant crudité trays and colourful cakes, providing the perfect antidote to the Monday blues.

The latest celebration in nursery follows a tax-free bonus of up to £3,000 for each colleague and a pay rise in December, recognising them all as employee-owners of Childbase Partnership, which has a total of 44 Early Years settings across England.

Lime Grove Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Yasmin Diver explained;

“We had a brilliant Blue Monday and thought what better way to feel good than eat good. We feel so lucky to work with such a passionate team who continue to deliver exceptional childcare every single day and endeavour to showcase this gratitude every day.”

‘Blue Monday’ is marked on the third Monday of January every year.

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Seasonal celebrations at Lime Grove Day Nursery

Lime Grove Day Nursery pumpkin patch

Children and colleagues from Lime Grove Day Nursery in Hemel Hempstead have been embracing all things autumn with a series of seasonal activities and celebrations.

From babies exploring the textures and sizes of different pumpkins in their very own pumpkin patch area, to older children collecting leaves and other natural resources in the garden outside to create autumnal wreaths, there were learning opportunities at every turn for the group at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ setting on Park Road.

Pre-schoolers were delighted to practice their mark making skills with leaf rubbing activities, admiring the different patterns left behind, as well as developing fine motor and mathematical skills by scooping the seeds from the pumpkin and using them to count with.

As part of the festivities, parents and colleagues pulled out all the stops with a ‘National Baking Week’ inspired cake sale, where they used their talents to make brownies, cookies, cupcakes and more. As a result of their combined efforts, they raised a grand total of £247.25 for charity ‘Bliss’, which will now go towards helping babies born premature or sick.

Lime Grove Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Yasmin Diver explained;

“Autumn has presented so many lovely opportunities for the children to showcase their creativity and we have really enjoyed observing the changes in our environment. Baking Week was also a brilliant success and inspired lots of cooking activities within nursery, we are thrilled to now be making this donation to such a worthy cause.”

Lime Grove Day Nursery have adopted Bliss for a year-long fundraising drive.

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Knowle Green Day Nursery celebrate Persian New Year

Festivities were well underway at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as children and colleagues celebrated Nowruz, otherwise known as Persian New Year.

At the award-winning setting on Knowle Green, children were delighted to learn more about the festival, which is the most important event in the Iranian calendar and symbolic of the start of spring, from their resident expert and Nursery Practitioner, Eila Ahmadi, who imparted her wisdom and shared examples of traditional practices with the captivated group.

To further the learning experience, children were delighted to showcase their creativity by taking part in the custom of painting eggs, before proudly putting them on display.

Knowle Green Day Nursery Manager, Jen Ralphs explained;

“We have several families at Knowle Green that celebrate Nowruz so it was lovely to share this special occasion with them and gain a better insight into such an important part of their culture. The children had a brilliant time and are always thrilled to learn about different events, as well as the creative opportunities this brings within nursery.”

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Lego Day at Green Park Day Nursery

There were smiles all round at Green Park Day Nursery in Reading as children enjoyed ‘Lego Day’, filled with themed activities and learning experiences.

From building design competitions and colour matching games to an experiment which saw pre-schoolers create Lego cars, before testing their travelling distances in a race using balloons, there were exciting opportunities at every turn for children at the award-winning day nursery on South Oak Way.

Meanwhile, as a thank you for their hard work and dedication to the children in their care, colleagues were treated to a ‘Chocolate Cake Day’, complete with homemade cake from Area Manager, Emma Kemp and other treats, as well as non-uniform day.

Green Park Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Grace Critcher explained;

“We had a brilliant time celebrating all things Lego with our pre-schoolers and this provided endless opportunities to showcase creativity, as well as build fine motor skills and practice basic mathematics. All the children were hugely engaged and it was great to see their imaginations run wild.”

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Cultural celebrations at Knowle Green Day Nursery

There were learning experiences at every turn for children at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as they marked a range of cultural occasions at the setting.

Inspired by Grandmother’s Day and Grandfather’s Day which are celebrated the day after each other in Poland during January, children from the award-winning setting on Knowle Green were delighted to create greeting cards for their own grandparents, whilst listening to traditional Polish nursery rhymes at they made their masterpieces.

Following this, creating traditional hats, food tasting and using chopsticks were just some of the themed activities children enjoyed as they celebrated Chinese New Year. To welcome the Year of the Tiger, pre-schoolers also practiced Chinese letter and number formation, before writing a group letter to a sister Childbase Partnership nursery in China to form pen pals and find out more about their way of life.

Knowle Green Day Nursery Manager, Jen Ralphs explained;

“We’ve had a wonderful time celebrating this calendar of events, which has provided the children with so many rich learning opportunities and a wider understanding of the world around them. We are now looking forward to hearing back from our friends in China and finding out what we can learn from each other.”

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Getting close to nature at Windmill Hill Day Nursery

Inspired by the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch, children from Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon were delighted to make their very own bird feeders.

Having spotted an array of species in the garden, as well as squirrels and other creatures, pre-schoolers from the setting on Windmill Hill Business Park, Whitehill Way, were keen to create bird feeder baskets, bottles and balls using lard and seeds in order to encourage more wildlife into the outdoor spaces for all to observe.

Using their fine motor skills, children crafted the feeders, before learning all about life cycles and how birds hatch from eggs to further the learning experience. The group went on to create ice balloons in different sizes to represent eggs of various animals.

At Windmill Hill, 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.

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Lessons in road safety at Cedar Park Day Nursery

Children from Cedar Park Day Nursery in Twyford have been learning all about road safety, having been inspired by the life story of renowned artist, Frida Kahlo.

After discovering that Kahlo had been in a traffic accident as a young adult, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bridge Farm Road were intrigued to learn more about the subject and how to keep themselves safe.

From practicing ‘crossing the road’ in the nursery car park to finding out more about the role of a lollypop person, children were immersed in practical activities which helped to reinforce the importance of staying alert when out and about.

Cedar Park Day Nursery Manager, Rachael Main explained;

“We are always keen to follow the children’s interests in nursery and this is a topic which they have particularly enjoyed. This has not only provided an excellent opportunity to refresh our existing knowledge, but practice the Green Cross Code and discuss why we should hold hands and wear reflective clothing where possible.”

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Green Park Day Nursery colleagues banish the Monday blues

Despite being labelled the ‘the gloomiest day of the year’, there were smiles all round at Green Park Day Nursery in Reading as colleagues enjoyed a series of ‘Blue Monday’ themed wellbeing celebrations at the setting.

At the award-winning day nursery on South Oak Way, staff dressed in their brightest clothes for the occasion and were delighted to be greeted by a spread of homemade breakfast rolls as they made their way into work, proving to be the perfect antidote to the Monday blues, courtesy of their grateful management team.

The latest celebration in nursery follows a ‘Dividend Payment Day’ earlier in the month when hardworking colleagues picked up a tax-free share of up to £1,500 each, recognising them all as employee-owners of Childbase Partnership, which has a total of 45 early years settings across England.

Green Park Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Grace Critcher explained;

“The Blue Monday festivities were a great success and provided another lovely morale boost to our very deserving colleagues. We feel so lucky to work with such a passionate team who continue to deliver exceptional childcare every single day and believe it’s more important than ever to showcase this gratitude.”

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Blue Monday boost at Windmill Hill Day Nursery

Despite being known as the ‘gloomiest day of the year’, colleagues from Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon were determined not to let ‘Blue Monday’ dampen their spirits as they enjoyed a series of wellbeing themed celebrations across the setting.

At the award-winning day nursery on Windmill Hill Business Park, Whitehill Way, children and staff dressed in their brightest clothing and embarked on a series of feel-good activities, from rainbow pasta play and colour mixing, to creating biscuits and making birdhouses to encourage wildlife into the garden for all to admire.

Meanwhile, devoted colleagues were able to enjoy a table of blue themed treats on their breaks courtesy of their grateful managers, complete with handmade frosted cupcakes, lollies and a selection of sweets as the perfect antidote to Monday blues.

Windmill Hill Day Nursery Manager, Lora Worthington explained;

“There are no Blue Monday’s here at Windmill Hill as the team always create endless opportunities for fun and learning and the children bring so much joy. Wellbeing is more important than ever and being able to put a smile on everyone’s faces really means a lot in these challenging times, we had a brilliant day.”

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Celebrating Lohri at Knowle Green Day Nursery

Festivities were well underway at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as children and colleagues joined millions worldwide in celebrating the festival of Lohri.

One of the most significant events in the Punjabi calendar, the festival marks the end of winter and the onset of spring, and was honoured at the award-winning setting on Knowle Green with a series of exciting activities. Children were also delighted to be joined by nursery parent, Amrit, who imparted her expert knowledge on the festival.

From dancing to traditional music and playing games to carrying out the custom of throwing ‘sweets’ on the fire as a goodwill offering for the season ahead, the group embraced all that the occasion had to offer, before enjoying a special lunch of homemade curry and samosas.

Knowle Green Day Nursery Manager, Jen Ralphs explained;

“We love to mark a range of different events throughout the year to give children a wider understanding of the world around them and celebrate the diversity within our local community. It was wonderful to have one of our nursery families come in and share such an important part of their culture with us, we had a fantastic time.”

Lohri is celebrated all around the world every January 13th.

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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