There was cause for celebration at Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes as the childcare team honoured their beloved colleague, Melanie Thomas, as she marked her milestone 30-year anniversary at Childbase Partnership.
Having started with the company in 1993 at sister-setting Meadow View Day Nursery in Newport Pagnell, Melanie has progressed through a variety of roles over her three-decade career, shaping the lives of countless children and providing expert mentorship to the staff team, which she continues to do as Nursery Practitioner at the setting on Eelbrook Avenue.
A keen runner, Melanie has taken part in countless fundraising events over the years, using her skills to raise money for charities including Mind, Cancer Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society, contributing to the three million plus total raised by Childbase Partnership in the last 30 years, and more recently taking part in food donation drives to support The Trussell Trust.
To mark the special occasion, proud colleagues presented Melanie with a flower bouquet, gifts, balloons and handwritten cards of appreciation from colleagues, as well as enjoying a lunch courtesy of grateful managers and reminiscing over her favourite career memories.
Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Katie Hughes explained;
“Mel’s unwavering commitment to the learning and development of our children is truly inspiring. She has provided hundreds of children with a strong foundation for their future education, growth and wellbeing and her passion for early childhood education makes her a joy to be around. Parents trust her insightful advice, reassuring presence, and genuine care for each child at our nursery. We feel truly lucky to have her at Hampstead Gate.”
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