Looking after children’s health and wellbeing is high on the agenda of the Little Adventurers Nursery which has just been awarded a Healthy Early Years London Gold Award for their work with children and parents to promote health, wellbeing and school readiness at their setting in Upminster.
They are delighted to be the first setting to achieve this across all of Outer London and only 2nd across all 32 Inner and Outer London Boroughs. Healthy Early Years London (HEYL) is an award scheme (First Steps, Bronze, Silver and Gold) introduced by the Mayor of London to encourage healthy lifestyles for young children and their families.
Little Adventurers was presented with their Silver Award by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan at City Hall in June 2019 at a celebration event. The were honoured to also receive a visit by Deputy Mayor of London, Joanne McCartney to their setting earlier this year to find out about the ethos and many activities the nursery has put in place to support children’s understanding for the need for good health and wellbeing.
The projects for the Gold Award involved sustained work of their Silver Award case study – an oral hygiene project as well as a new universal (involving all the children in the nursery) and a new targeted case study. The positive impact of their award projects has been wonderful to watch throughout their setting and from parent feedback.
Little Adventurers Nursery which opened just 4 years ago clearly puts children at the heart of all they do; parents are delighted with the care and education their little ones receive here and nominated the nursery for a Top 20 London Nursery Award (out of 1,959 London nurseries) for the second time this year (Daynurseries.co.uk 2018 & 2019).
Nursery Owner, Lee Stimpson is hugely proud of the team and all they have achieved together and believes in investing in his nursery which offers high quality extended day care from 3 months to 5 years. This includes a first-clsss and professionally qualified staff team; offering optimum nutrition throughout their nursery menus; summer Forest School; a rich extra-curriculum programme along with regular outings into the local community for all children.
Building strong relationships with parents as well as teaching the children about caring for the planet through a range of projects are all important parts of this nursery’s ethos, “Daphne, our dolphin mascot is one way we promote this to our children and families and we take our own social responsibility as a business very seriously, for example by incorporating recycling throughout nursery and purchasing locally sourced goods and food.”, Chris Ford, Business Development Manager explained.
Manager of the setting Ginny Andreas spoke about receiving the Gold Award, “I am immensely proud to manage such a fantastic team of professionals here at Little Adventurers. To achieve Gold has been a whole team effort and has provided our children, parents and staff with invaluable knowledge on how to support the best of health from the earliest years. If we can teach children from very young the importance of a good diet, strong oral hygiene and an active lifestyle then they stand the best chance of growing into healthy and physically, mentally and emotionally fit adults.”
Parents clearly adore the nursery, with many parents of pre-school children sending heartfelt messages to the nursery as their little ones leave for the next stage of their primary education. Nursery parent, Anna wrote in her card this week, “You are all such dedicated, professional, special people and we will miss you all very much. In the blink of an eye, our baby has become a “big boy” who is confident in himself, friendly, independent and happy, all because of you. Thank you for helping him shine and for giving him the best possible start in life.”