Kiddi Caru’s Burgess Hill Day Nursery supported the Safer Internet Day campaign last week, to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children.
The nursery sent out Internet Safety Packs to families of the children. Information about online safety is also given out to new parents as part of the induction.
Nursery manager Gemma Hicks said: “Our Internet Safety Parent Packs are just the start.
“Internet safety is embedded in activities we do every day and staff work with the children to give them an understanding that the internet is a powerful tool with a wealth of information to support learning, but also to gain insight that not everything online is real and it is an additional resource to the ‘real world.’
“Our aim is not just to reach out to our children and families that attend our nurseries about the safe use of the internet, but further; our staff teams, our own extended families and network of friends who may have children of all ages right up to 18-year olds.
“The activities that we have put in place lay the foundations for later on in our children’s lives and more so with the use of social media.”
On Safer Internet Day, the nursery staff spoke to the children about internet safety and read a book to them called “Little Bird’s Internet Security Adventure”.
The setting also celebrated a huge milestone – 11 years of childcare provision. Party games were played and everyone enjoyed a slice of birthday cake made by the nursery’s own chef.
Three members of staff celebrated 11 years of working at the nursery, including the nursery manager.
Gemma Hicks said: “The children were very excited about celebrating the nursery’s birthday and they couldn’t believe how long it has been open for or that it’s older than all of them!
“We are very lucky to have spent the last 11 years working in such a wonderful nursery environment – it’s amazing to think that some of the children we cared for back then will be at high school now.”