Exactly one year on since welcoming its very first cohort of children, families and colleagues from Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes were delighted as local Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Khan officially opened the setting in a special ceremony.
Having been postponed due to ongoing Covid restrictions, the long-awaited celebrations saw the Mayor unveil a commemorative plaque and cut a bespoke cake at the 97 place setting on Eelbrook Avenue, which is part of the employee-owned Childbase Partnership with 45 day nurseries in the South of England, following a visit in the summer to plant a tree.
Complete with imaginative play and learning spaces, state of the art equipment and immersive role play areas, the Mayor praised the resources on offer to children aged between six weeks and five years, as well as the eco-friendly practices which have resulted in Hampstead Gate earning a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ award from Eco-Schools.
From babies using recycled paper from the shredder for sensory activities, to older children creating bug hotels for insect observations and growing vegetables in the garden which are then used in meals by talented Nursery Chefs, children of all ages take part in a curriculum of eco-activities the whole year round whilst learning key educational messages.
Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Manager, Elkie Taylor, who has over 20 years’ experience in the Early Years sector and previously managed another Childbase setting, explained;
“Respecting and protecting the environment is an important part of our commitment to give our children the best possible future. We are preparing happy and confident children for a smooth transition to mainstream schooling and, equally important, for their roles and responsibilities in a much wider world”.
Meanwhile, new technologies have been harnessed in both the equipment and toys available to the children like the ‘Mantra Lingua’ systems which makes books, posters, stickers and cards in nursery ‘talk’, with the aid of special stickers and ‘pens’, to effectively support children with English as a second language and help introduce this to others.
Like all Childbase Partnership settings, Hampstead Gate Day Nursery is powered by Green Electricity from falling water, the sun, the wind and organic waste material and diverts all nappy waste away from landfill. The waste is collected and sorted off site, with non-recyclable elements used in energy processes to power hospitals or boost the National Grid.
“We have had the most wonderful year and are absolutely delighted to be able to offer such rich learning experiences to the children in our care. Our beautiful play spaces inspire creativity and curiosity both indoors and out, and our devoted staff team provide endless opportunities for fun and learning. We marked the special occasion with fancy dress, and are so grateful to the Mayor for taking the time to support us”, added Elkie.
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