Grasshoppers Day Nursery in St Albans, which is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, has been listed in The Times Top 100 Best Companies.
Raelene Herd, deputy manager at the nursery said to the Herts Advertiser that the reason Grasshoppers Day Nursery was on the list, was that it’s not only children who get the best care and attention, but staff do as well. She explained and described the environment as being a “happy, supported staff team who love their work and workplace”.
Staff also confirmed that the nursery is a great place to be.
The nursery’s manager, Jenifer Neville, added: “We are thrilled our company is rated number 40 in The Times Best Companies list and recognised for our charity fund-raising, community initiatives and investment in colleagues.
“Our pride in our nursery and in our company is reflected in our happy and confident children and there is nothing more rewarding than that.”
Original story by: The Herts Advertiser
Last October a campaign was launched to encourage communities, including staff and parents, to collect tokens for a chance to win free books for their local schools.
The feedback for the campaign was great, and hundreds of schools around Norfolk entered it, with the four settings with the most tokens getting the biggest prizes.
The Earthsea School in Honingham won the first prize, and Ladybird Pre-school Nursery in Sheringham were second.
Hickling Infant School and Saxlingham Primary won third and fourth place respectively.
All four settings received £2,500 worth of free books each.
Schools which collected more than 1,000 tokens will get £100 worth of free books, with over 250 schools set to receive these. This means over 50,000 pupils will benefit from the books.
Clare Stimpson, admin officer at The Earthsea School who supports children with complex needs, said: “The children and teachers are currently in the process of choosing these books, which will enhance the learning of the children and give them a greater choice.”
Vanessa Harris, Ladybird Nursery’s manager in Sheringham, said to Great Yarmouth Mercury: “We have decided to give every child at the nursery a book as a gift to help promote reading at home. For a small charity pre-school such as we are, this is a huge deal and will allow us to purchase a much wider variety of books than we would be able to.”
Mrs Harris also added that with the remainder of the money, the nursery would buy copies of children’s favourite traditional books.
Original story by: Great Yarmouth Mercury
Children in Robin class at Old Vicarage Day Nursery in Barrow had a celebration party after they received a letter from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Included in the letter, children received a photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, and their three children, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte, as well as one of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Children received the letter after being encouraged by the preschool teacher, Rachel Smith, to write a letter to the royal couple.
Rachel Smith has spoken about the tradition of children sending letters to the royal family and responses they have received over the years.
She told The Mail: “We sent a big Christmas card to Buckingham Palace in December which all the children got involved with and then we received a card back with a lovely photo of Meghan and Harry inside.
“We organised a ‘royal party’ to celebrate and we had party food at snack time with mini cocktail sausages and cakes; then all the children made a crown.
“Everyone came in dressed up in something regal and a couple of the boys came in dressed as St George and the dragon.
“We always celebrate St George’s Day in April and we have been reading stories about it ahead of our royal tea party.
“We always enjoy incorporating different cultural celebrations into the curriculum at nursery, celebrating our own royal family underlines the British Values that we try to teach in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
“So far in 2019, the Hartington Street nursery has celebrated Chinese New Year, and during the course of the year we also celebrate festivals like Diwali, Eid, Hanukkah and Christmas.”
Original story by: The Mail
The staff at Little Acorns Nursery in Boothstown will be amongst a team of nine that are set to cycle on a static bike in Ellesmere shopping centre in Walkden next Saturday.
The staff will be completing the challenge for a campaign set up by one of the parents, Barbara McMillan. The money they raise will go to The Fertility Foundation.
Barbara, who is a teacher at Boothstown Methodist Primary School, set up the campaign after a five-year struggle with infertility, before giving birth to a son, Frankie, in 2016.
Barbara will also be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in September for the same cause and will do a ‘10 peaks’ challenge in 12 hours in April, and ‘24 peaks’ in two days in June in the Peak District in preparation for the big climb.
Barbara said to Leigh Journal: “When I was struggling I did not know that there was any help available.
“I think what The Fertility Foundation is doing is great; they can give people hope.
“They can give grants to people who can’t afford treatment.
“I think raising the awareness of what they do is important.”
Barbara added that she is “so grateful” to Leigh Road Nursery, which her son attends, for all their support.
Aside from the cycling challenge, there will also be a raffle with prizes including a family ticket for four to go to the Geronimo Festival in Cheshire; a family ticket to go to Smithills Open Farm in Bolton; and Water Babies swimming equipment.
“Since I started my fundraising, I have had lots of people sharing their own stories with me.
“It shows that my message is being reached by so many. It is very rewarding,” she added.
You can donate to the crowdfunding page here. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/barbara-mcmillan
Original story by: Leah Journal