Press release from Little Adventurers nursery and preschool.

Little Adventurers held their Annual Staff Awards evening ‘virtually’ via zoom! The Nursery’s Management Team feel so strongly about showing their team just how much they value them that they had to think creatively this year as they couldn’t hold their usual awards altogether in the nursery due to the current ways of ‘bubble’ working in this Covid world.

“Like so many businesses, virtual meetings have become the norm and so we decided that this year we would recognise our brilliant team by holding the awards ceremony over the internet. Taking the time for events such as this, especially after all their hard work both during the pandemic lockdown and since our return to full operations is a vital part of how we run our nursery,” said Chris Ford, Business Development Manager of Little Adventurers. “Colleagues also praised one another for their skill, talent and personal qualities they bring to the nursery. It was a wonderfully uplifting evening and I think our staff get a lot from it.”

Speaking after receiving her award, youngest member of the team, Nursery Apprentice, Jess who is nearing the end of her Level 3 apprenticeship said, “Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly and it’s been an amazing experience. I can’t wait to continue my time as a qualified practitioner here at Little Adventurers.”

Chris continued, “Jess has been an outstanding example of just how successful an apprenticeship can be. She is willing to learn, a great team player and has a fantastic rapport with our children. She comes to work smart and tidy with a smile on her face ready to engage the children with new adventures everyday. We are so proud of her and confident that she will go far and become a model practitioner in the years to come.”

“Jess is very nearly qualified and the search is now on for a new apprentice to join us. Anyone interested in applying should contact the nursery as soon as possible as we are shortly holding interviews,” explained Chris.

This individual and flourishing family run nursery in Cranham, Upminster is enjoying huge success, having won many awards and achievements since opening in 2015. Last year, nursery manager, Ginny Andreas scooped UK Nursery Manager of the Year Award from Nursery World along with the nursery’s work on encouraging healthy lifestyles winning a top 6 UK Award for Health and Wellbeing.

“Supporting children’s health and wellbeing and laying down healthy foundations for the future has never been more important and is a core part of our ethos,” Ginny explained. “We have so many initiatives for both our little ones and their families and our mascot, Paddington Bear helps us explain this to children. We include ‘wake and shake’ sessions in our daily routine and encourage lots of physical activity through play alongside lots of community visits to the local park and woodland area nearby. Playing and learning outdoors is so important as it opens up a whole new world for children to explore. We take the recommendations of The British Heart Foundation very seriously which recommends that every child under 5 has 180 minutes of activity per day.”

Nutrition is another area that the nursery take very seriously. “We work with an early years nutritionist to develop optimum nutrition menus– this ensures that everyday our menus are offering 100% of recommended nutrients for young children. All food is cooked fresh from scratch everyday by our nursery cook, Tina and ingredients are always high quality and fresh. We also share this nutritional information with parents in our parent forums and our monthly newsletters,” explained Chris. “Lee Stimpson, Our Nursery Director is passionate about developing our nursery to be the very best it can possibly be for our little ones and excellent nutrition is a very important part of children’s development.”

Little Adventurers have recently completed their new garden room which has meant they now have a few limited number of places available. They are holding an Open Day for parents on Saturday 1st August (subject to availability and by appointment only) and anyone interested should contact the nursery on 01708 227657 to book their slot.

Little Adventurers Nursery is based in Upminster, Havering.

Awards & Achievements since opening in 2015

  • 2019 Nursery World Award Winner – Nursery Manager of the Year
  • Health and Wellbeing Award – Top 6 UK Finalist Nursery World Awards 2019
  • • Healthy Early Years London Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards
  • • Top 20 Nursery London Award (2018 & 2019)
  • • Apprentice Employer of the Year Award 2017
  • Nursery World – best practice feature 2018
  • Early Excellence – film of best practice for early years
  • Sing and Sign affiliated nursery – Nationally recognised programme which encourages communication with babies

Little Adventures Nursery is a member of the National Day Nurseries Association

For more information please contact chris.ford@littleadventurersnursery.co.uk 07594 446181.

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