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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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Celebrating World Kindness Day at Seabrook Day Nursery

At Seabrook Day Nursery in Luton, children and colleagues were delighted to celebrate ‘World Kindness Day’ with a series of thoughtful gestures and activities.

For pre-schoolers at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ setting on Lewsey Road, the festivities inspired conversations on what it meant to be kind and ways of doing this more in everyday life, as well as discussing the ‘golden values’ which are promoted at Seabrook, including being gentle, honest and respectful of each other.

Meanwhile, dedicated teams were thrilled to receive sweet treats such as brownies, pastries and cookies to enjoy during breaks, as well as messages of gratitude to say thank you for their continued hard work and commitment to the children in their care.

Seabrook Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Gemma Bell explained;

“We had a lovely time celebrating World Kindness Day and reminding ourselves of the small steps we can take to help make a positive difference to the lives of others. We are so proud of the thoughtful nature of both our children and colleagues, and love to watch these qualities flourish and grow in nursery.”

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Diwali celebrations at Woodberry Day Nursery

Children from Woodberry Day Nursery in Winchmore Hill were delighted to join millions of people across the world in celebrating the festival of Diwali.

With the help of a knowledgeable nursery parent who celebrates the occasion herself, pre-schoolers from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ setting on Church Hill explored the traditional customs of the Festival of Light, learnt interesting facts about the Hindu culture and tried on a selection of beautiful clothing including saris.  

To further understanding, children showcased their creativity by making their very own rangoli patterns using coloured sand, as well as exploring Diya candle holders, dancing to traditional music and decorating their classroom for the occasion.

 

Woodberry Day Nursery Quality Manager, Nikol Moravova explained;

“We had a brilliant time celebrating Diwali and it’s always wonderful to have the input of our nursery families to help enrich the learning experiences of the children. We love to mark a range of different religious and cultural events at Woodberry to promote a wider understanding of the world and diversity within our community.”

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Food allergies – where to eat out safely

Family meals out can be fraught with worry when you have a child with a serious food allergy or coeliac disease, but all that is set to change thanks to a Childbase nursery parent and her new ‘trip advisor-style’ website.

Reviews of venues which avoid the top 14 allergens in their menus and demonstrate an exceptional approach to protecting their customers are just one aspect of the Allergy Companions website, the brainchild of mother of two, Liljia Polo-Richards.

“My genuine hope is that Allergy Companions can bring the allergy community and food businesses together, so we can all improve the lives of those living with food allergies, intolerances and coeliac disease”, she said.

Using her blog post on the website, Mrs. Polo-Richards also aims to further awareness and create a more inclusive environment for adults and children like her four year old son, Francesco, who was diagnosed with a serious nut allergy when he was only 13 months old.

“Francesco is a sweet and caring child, with a heart of gold and many loving people in his life. I do not want him to grow up in a world where he feels different and excluded, simply because he has a food allergy,” she said following a children’s venue party where everyone tucked into cake and treats while her son was given sandwiches and fruit.

“There are options available to people with allergies, so why not change the narrative, and make food safe for everyone, not simply for one person? Nobody wants to sit at the allergy table, so let’s make that dining table a little bit bigger and a little bit more inclusive”, said Mrs. Polo-Richards.

The idea for the website was borne when the family was served a chicken dish covered in hazelnuts at a well-recommended gastropub in Norfolk which had been warned of Francesco’s serious nut allergy at the time of booking and again when ordering from the menu.

“The restaurant still made a huge mistake which, thankfully, we spotted immediately. Not only was the experience distressing for us as parents it also highlighted the potential danger that Francesco could be facing growing up. We wanted to use this negative experience to start a positive adventure that would help so many people,” said Mrs. Polo-Richards.

Francesco isn’t alone with data showing that over 2,000,000 people in the UK are affected by a food allergy and over 650,000 suffer from coeliac disease.

The Allergy Companions website provides a single platform for people to leave reviews about allergy friendly restaurants in cities, towns and villages across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland offering a range of cuisines that cater to different dietary requirements.

“We wish something like this had been around when Francesco was diagnosed because we wouldn’t have felt quite so isolated. It now allows us to suggest good places to meet friends that cater for everyone,” said Mrs Polo-Richards.

Find allergy friendly food venues – Allergy Companions

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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