Celebrating colleague achievements at Lavenders

The spotlight was on a beloved Nursery Practitioner from Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford as her adoring team honoured her for going above and beyond for the children in her care.

Asha Banghard, who has worked at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bushmead Avenue for the past 23 years, was celebrated by colleagues with a special reward payment and a personalised apron as a token of gratitude for her continued dedication to the role, where she creates exciting learning opportunities on a daily basis.

Renowned for her cooking masterclasses, every month Asha gives children a choice of inspired recipes from the different events and cultural festivals taking place, which they bring to life with her expert guidance, making delicious culinary creations including vegetable pakoras and gingerbread biscuits as they learn kitchen skills and important safety practices.

During the sessions, which promote independence through the use of child-friendly kitchen equipment, pre-schoolers are able to develop communication and language skills as they follow instructions and discuss the ingredients being used and sensory experiences involved, as well as building upon mathematics as they practice weighing and measuring.

Lavenders Day Nursery Manager, Dizzie Newberry explained;

“Asha is simply brilliant in every way, she is such an asset to the team and an incredible role model to our little ones, who love the magical experiences she creates for them, which they may not be able to replicate at home. She closely follows the interests of the children and builds upon them to provide the best possible learning outcomes. We couldn’t be prouder to have her at our nursery and we are truly grateful for the passion and insight she brings.”

Lavenders Asha Banghard


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