There were learning opportunities at every turn for children at Nature Trails Day Nursery in Cawston as they marked Jamaican Independence Day with a series of learning experiences.
Dressed for the occasion in the colours of the Jamaican flag, pre-schoolers from the award-winning setting on Coventry Road were delighted to be immersed in the rich culture of the country with the help of Nursery Practitioner and resident expert, Alannah Thompson, with activities including arts and crafts and co-researching traditional music and dances.
As part of the festivities, which are marked annually across the world on August 6th, children were excited to welcome a talented musician into nursery who gave a performance on the steel drums to her captivated audience, before teaching the group how the drums are made.
After discussing famous dishes from the country and the way in which food brings people together, pre-schoolers enjoyed a special lunch of Jamaican fish curry, created by Nursery Chef, Cristian, whilst Alannah bought in her homemade salt fish fritters for colleagues to try.
During the celebrations, families and staff members made donations of essential food items as part of their Jamai’can’ Independence Day exchange for The Trussell Trust, contributing tins and ambient goods to the Rugby Foodbank to ensure local people wouldn’t go hungry.
Nature Trails Day Nursery Practitioner, Alannah Thompson explained;
“We had the best time celebrating Jamaican Independence Day and it was wonderful to share this part of my culture with both children and my colleagues. At Nature Trails we mark an array of events throughout the year which encourage our children to appreciate and respect the rich diversity that shapes our world, as well as give them insightful learning opportunities. We are also thrilled to be making another donation to the incredible Rugby Foodbank and are so grateful for the kindness that everyone has shown towards this cause.”
Nature Trails Day Nursery have adopted The Trussell Trust for a year-long fundraising drive.
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