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HEALTHY START

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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Portland Nurseries chef Yannick Verrier has devised a wholefood plant-based menu with dietician Lisa Simon and Dr Shireen Kassam, to create a nutritionally balanced offering aimed at tackling future obesity by improving the health and food choices of children.

WELL DONE

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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Early Years Wellbeing Week was celebrated at The Railway Nursery, Stockport. The nursery directors put together well-being gift bags, including pamper face masks and candles, for staff.

PLASTIC-FREE

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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Eco Tywi is the first non-plastic Cylch Meithrin (Welsh-medium pre-school) in Wales. Apart from the PPE required due to the pandemic, it does not use single-use plastic, and most toys are made of wood, stone or are recycled.

STANDING TALL

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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Mama Bear’s Wellington Road Taunton nursery has scooped a prize for its ten-foot-tall giant sunflower.

MUDDY ART

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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Taking inspiration from sculptor Richard Long, and The Whitworth gallery in Manchester’s PLAYTIME at Home summer holiday project, the children at Altrincham-based Back to the Garden nursery explored the art of play via mud-themed activities.

PINE TIME

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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Pre-school children at Dunky’s Day Nursery in Runcorn have been using pinecones to make natural bird feeders for the nursery garden, using lots of different techniques to enhance children’s fine motor skills.

STAR PHOTO - Pigging out

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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Children from Twizzle Tops Nursery in Chelmsford were delighted to witness the birth of Blossom the pig’s piglets.

THINKING OF YOU

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  • Monday, September 28, 2020
Before lockdown, children from Tops Day Nurseries in Havant, Hampshire were visitors to Southlands Nursing Home. Manager Katie Duke said, ‘It is an activity the children have really missed.’ The children made special cards and pictures to deliver to the residents, to let them know they were thinking of them and looking forward to visiting again soon.

FIVE YEARS

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  • Monday, September 28, 2020
Childminders Bridgit and Chloe celebrated the fifth anniversary of Pebbles Childcare in Worthing, West Sussex, with a private trip to a new local ice-cream parlour.

THE CLASS OF 2020

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  • Monday, September 28, 2020
Pre-school children at CHS Group’s Sunflower Nurseries in Cambridge and Cambourne celebrated their graduation with cake, cap and gowns and a bespoke certificate to mark their achievements at nursery. Manager Danielle Main said, ‘The annual graduation ceremony is always a highlight in our calendars and this year it feels particularly special to be able to have fun, and celebrate together.’

STAR PHOTO - Special occasion

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  • Monday, September 28, 2020
Bristol Childcare held ‘a socially distanced’ party to celebrate Justine Richardson’s 30 years with the company, from starting as a nursery practitioner straight from college, to group manager. Returning to work after recovering from serious illness, Justine now heads up the team at The Priory nursery.

OPEN ALL HOURS

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  • Monday, September 28, 2020
Chancellor Rishi Sunak visited the team at Rosedene Nurseries in Northallerton, North Yorkshire to thank them for caring for the children of local hospital staff and other key workers during lockdown.

JOB SWAP

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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020
The cook at Mama Bear’s Day Nursery in Bristol, Joe Denyer, has swapped his pots and pans for a paintbrush after being moved into the nursery group’s maintenance division to fulfil his dream of becoming a plumber. Joe has worked for Mama Bear’s for three years.

STAR PHOTO - Mini artists

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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Children at Little Rascals Day Nursery in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire were challenged to paint their own Kandinsky creations based upon the famous artist’s work. The activity was organised by the setting’s apprentice.

VIRTUAL AWARDS

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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Little Adventurers Nursery in Upminster, east London, held their annual staff awards evening virtually via Zoom. Apprentice Jess (pictured) was one of the award winners.

PARTY TIME

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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Pitter Patter Day Nursery in the Wirral celebrated its 19th birthday with a party. Children enjoyed party games and a big garden, socially distanced, sing-along. Pictured is owner/manager Lisa Grant-Colquhoun.

TV STARS

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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020
My First Friends Nursery in Brighton was filmed by the BBC’s One Show to talk about the Fare Share scheme and how it has made a difference to children in their care. Under the UK-wide scheme, supermarkets give the food they don’t need away for free to local charities and their community.

FUNDRAISING

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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Dunky’s Day Nursery, which operates six settings, has raised £2,483 for Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT). Based in Cheshire, the charity provides a range of programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children in the North West of England.

In full swing

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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Alyth Kindergarten in north-west London has been enjoying the re-opening of playgrounds as lockdown restrictions ease.

Party on

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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Staff and children at Children 1st @ Chesterfield Royal Hospital celebrated the setting’s 20th birthday last month.

Open all hours

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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Let’s Play Nursery in Birmingham has been open throughout lockdown for key-worker parents, sharing happy and amazing times with the children.

Pasta la vista, baby

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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Dunky’s ‘tots and toddlers’ in Runcorn have enjoyed practising their fine motor and pre-writing skills.

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