Top environmental award for Windmill Hill pre-schoolers

Windmill Hill Green Flag

There was delight for children and colleagues at Windmill Hill Day Nursery in Swindon as their passion for the planet earnt them another major environmental accolade.

Having scooped the prestigious ‘Green Flag with Distinction’ as part of the international Eco-Schools scheme for the past two years, pre-schoolers from the setting on Whitehill Way were thrilled to add the award to their impressive repertoire for the third time, following a sustained environmental project and curriculum of green topics involving children of all ages.

The accolade, which is the highest achievement in the programme involving children across 64 countries, recognises sustainable initiatives in nursery, which include growing herbs and vegetables to be used in homemade meals, creating habitats, crafting with natural and recycled materials and taking part in litter picking sessions around their local area.

Over the past month, pre-schoolers have enjoyed a Bike Week, where they learnt about sustainable travel and safety by bringing their own bikes in from home to learn new skills, as well as creating water saving signs and posters and making a plant area to support wildlife. 

Windmill Hill also has its own dedicated Eco-Committee, which is made up of a number of Pre-School children who take a lead role in ensuring the rest of nursery is environmentally considerate by ensuring resources like paper aren’t wasted, taps are not left running, lights are switched off where not being used and that knowledge is shared.

Windmill Hill Quality Manager, Gemma Gill explained;

“It has been wonderful to watch the children take part in achieving these incredible eco-milestones whilst developing their knowledge of the planet. Achieving this recognition was no easy feat, and it would not have been possible without their hard work, as well as the dedication of colleagues in implementing eco-friendly practices throughout the nursery and creating a sustainable learning environment to help inspire a greener future.”


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