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Children at Bright Horizons Blackheath Day Nursery and Preschool in London recently took part in a socially distanced storytime session, when they all tried to remain two metres apart.

#StandUpForEarlyYears: Supporting key workers

Staff at Homestead Day Nursery in Frodsham, Cheshire have made a video of the children dressed up as key workers to show their support for those working on the ‘front line’ and how they are still providing laughter during the lockdown. ‘As a team we are very proud to be able to provide this care and laughter at such an uncertain time,’ said nursery staff. See the video at:

#StandUpForEarlyYears: Singing for the NHS

The K2 class from Alyth Kindergarten, part of the North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green, London, raised over £1,000 to help feed NHS staff after posting a video of themselves performing the Matt Lucas song Thank You Baked Potato, which gives advice to children on how to stop the spread of coronavirus.

#StandUpForEarlyYears: Food bank lifeline

Marks Gate Nursery and Pre-school in Dagenham, part of the London Early Years Foundation, has been awarded a £5,000 grant from the Martin Lewis Coronavirus Emergency Fund to help keep its food bank fully stocked for the next six months and support the most vulnerable members of the community.


All four settings within ABC Day Nursery in Telford have been judged Outstanding in the past nine months. In the latest inspection at ABC Hollinswood, carried out in March, Ofsted praised the setting’s ‘inspirational leadership’ and the way in which the team ‘rigorously review teaching and learning’.

The big picture - Art school makes masks for hospitals

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Staff and students at London Metropolitan University have sewn nearly 500 face masks in the past week for use in maternity wards, where midwives, obstetricians and cleaners are lacking protective equipment amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Kool hub

London’s deputy mayor for education and childcare, Joanne McCartney, visited Kool Kidze St. Barnabas Preschool in Newham.

A place to play

Director Natasha Kirby and manager Denise Brown were joined by councillor Marilyn Ashton to open a garden and play area at Boys & Girls Nursery in Stanmore.

STAR PHOTO - Wet, wet, wet

Children at Brook Farm Children’s Nursery in Barnoldswick have relished some recent wet weather by donning their macs and wellies and having great fun jumping in puddles outside.

On the beat

Footsteps Daycare in Northampton has monthly visits from Northamptonshire Police, who talk about different aspects of safety and security with the children.

Stick to it

Children at Springfield Nursery in Barnstaple have been creating their very own ‘Stick Men’ based on Julia Donaldson’s book.

Prized poems

Poems by children at St John’s Preschool in Ely were entered into a competition for My First Poem 2020.

On the Bench

  • Monday, March 16, 2020
At Rainbow Corner Day Nursery in Grimsby, children made their own bench in Forest School sessions using a plank of wood and some tree branches.

Going Dental

  • Monday, March 16, 2020
Children at Acorn at Kents Hill took part in Public Health England’s 2020 dental survey.

An Ice Day

  • Monday, March 16, 2020
At Springfield Bees in Chelmsford, children celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science by talking about challenging gender stereotypes and learning about pioneering female inventors, scientists and engineers.

Blue Light

  • Monday, March 16, 2020
Children at Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School in Taunton enjoyed a visit from the South West Ambulance Service.

Six of the Best

  • Monday, March 16, 2020
Staff, parents and children at Turncroft Nursery School in Darwen are celebrating a double hat-trick as the nursery has received its sixth consecutive Outstanding report from Ofsted.

Three in a Row

  • Monday, March 16, 2020
Buttsbury Pre-school in Billericay achieved an Outstanding rating from Ofsted for the third time in a row.

STAR PHOTO - At the Car Wash

  • Monday, March 16, 2020
Children at FRS Kindergarten in Finchley were excited to wash a real car outside. After putting on their wetsuits and wellies, they used large sponges to squeeze and wipe, and sponge rollers, to exercise their gross motor movements.

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