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As sub-zero temperatures and snow from the ‘Beast from the East’ and incoming Storm Emma batter Britain, early years settings are embracing the wintry weather.

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Pennies Day Nursery staff arriving for work

A member of staff from Pennies Day Nursery was determined not to let the snow stop her from getting to work, arriving in style on a tractor. The nursery group operates two settings in Maidstone, Kent and one in East Sussex.

At Ann Bernadt Nursery School in Peckham, London, the snow presented lots of opportunities for mark making.

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Children from Bright Horizons Esher Day Nursery and Pre-School in Surrey have been painting shapes in the snow and practising writing their names. After some of the snow melted, staff spoke with the children about where it had gone, which lead to an ice melting activity.

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FS2Butterflies at The Parks Academy in Hull also got arty in the snow.

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At Raindrops Day Nursery in Harlow, Essex, children from the Snowdrops room took turns sledging in the setting’s outdoor area.

And Each Peach Childcare got into the spirit of the Winter Olympics with their own bobsleigh team.

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Staff and children at Little Acorns in Gomersal, West Yorkshire, experienced ‘swirling whirling snow storms’ this week while reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. They also found some giant icicles which they used as ‘light sabers’.

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Children at Asquith Kirby Day Nursery in Liverpool have been making the most of the snow. Nursery manager Sarah Shepherd said, ‘The recent snow gave the children an excellent opportunity to go outside and experience it further. We had lots of fun playing in it.’

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Little Acorns in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, have also enjoyed being outdoors this week.

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rocking-horse-snow-coloursAt the Rocking Horse nursery in London children celebrated the Holi festival of colour with the children in the snow.

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Linda Baston-Pitt, founderof the Old School House Nursery in Newmarket tweeted,'Wonderful opportunity to enjoy the snow build memories & have fun! Soon will vanish!!'

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Children from Kiddi Caru have also been having fun in the snow.

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Carolynn Fletcher, manager of Swineshead Pre-School Centre in Boston, Lincolnshire, said, 'All of the schools in the area had closed, we remained open and what fun we had!' Here is the Leopard Room's snowman.

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Meanwhile, the headmaster of Reigate Grammar School, Surrey, has urged parents to keep their children home so they create special memories by building snowmen together. Shaun Fenton told The Times he had e-mailed parents to say that there are too few snow days for children on which they can go out and and enjoying making snowmen and sledging.

Despite many early years settings continue to operate as normal, a number have had to shut or close early due to the weather conditions. The UK's largest nursery group Busy Bees has closed some of its settings in Scotland and dozens of nurseries and schools are closed across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Doncaster, Lancashire and Northumberland.

Asquith Day Nurseries, owned by Bright Horizons, has a weather checker on its website which parents can use to see if their nursery is open.

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