Double environmental award for newly-opened Hampstead Gate Day Nursery
After opening its doors only two months ago, Hampstead Gate Day Nursery in Milton Keynes is a brighter shade of environmental green, having already earned coveted ‘Bronze’ and ‘Silver’ awards as part of the internationally recognised ‘Eco-Schools’ scheme.
To achieve the accreditation, delighted pre-schoolers from the day nursery on Eelbrook Avenue have been taking part in a range of eco-friendly activities, including planting their own vegetables, learning to recycle and tending to plants using the water butt outside. Having received the sought-after accolade, the group are now working towards the prestigious ‘Green Flag’ which is the top award in the conservation programme.
Children at every age are involved in the ongoing project, from babies using recycled paper from the shredder for sensory activities, to older children creating bug hotels for insect observations, encouraging biodiversity in the garden. The nursery is also powered by green electricity from the sun and wind and prides itself on sending nearly zero waste to landfill.
Hampstead Gate Day Nursery Manager, Elkie Taylor explained;
“Respecting and protecting the environment is an important part of our commitment to give our children the best possible future, so we are absolutely delighted to have received these accolades. The eco-activities are proving so popular and colleagues are also getting involved in reducing their own carbon footprint by taking measures such as cycling to work where possible. We are now looking forward to introducing more initiatives as the weather gets warmer and working towards our Green Flag.”