Elmscot Nursery Chester welcomes grandparents to celebrate St. George’s Day

Elmscot Nursery Chester welcomes grandparents to celebrate St. George’s Day

Press release from Elmscot Day Nursery Chester.

Elmscot Day Nursery Chester invited grandparents of the children who attend the setting to take part in the wonderful St. George’s Day celebrations.

All the grandparents joined the children for the afternoon and enjoyed a whole host of themed activities. This included flag making, play-dough modelling and dressing up in traditional costumes.

Nicky Cunningham, Nursery Manager at Elmscot Day Nursery Chester said: “We were delighted to welcome the children’s grandparents into the nursery. It’s lovely to see our families getting so enthusiastic and taking part in the fun activities we have planned.

“On behalf of all the staff and children, I’d like to thank all the grandparents who attended. We hope you enjoyed our event and would love to have to back to nursery soon.”

Elmscot Chester is part of the Elmscot Group of Day Nurseries and Nursery Schools, providing outstanding childcare and education to over 1,800 children across Cheshire.

To find out more about Elmscot Day Nursery and Nursery School, Chester and the incredible facilities or to register for a place, please contact the Nursery Manager directly on 01244 346 456 or email chester@elmscot.co.uk.


Local nursery introduces yoga sessions into curriculum

Local nursery introduces yoga sessions into curriculum

Press release from Tops Day Nurseries.

Tops Day Nurseries is one of the first childcare providers in Babbacombe to introduce free yoga sessions for the children in their care.

The award winning, eco-sustainable childcare provider introduced the sessions as part of a new extra-curricular activity drive that the setting is currently developing, bringing itself in line with the Tops Day Nurseries ethos. After having introduced Yoga, Boogie Mites and Tooth Brushing, these activities will extend to include Tops Forest School, Tops Cooking School, Meditation and more.

Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. By doing yoga the children exercise, play, connect more deeply with their inner self and develop an intimate relationship with the  natural world that surrounds them.

The nursery, which joined the Tops Day Nurseries family in 2018 has little “Yogis” from just 3 months old to school age who benefit from the regular sessions held at the nursery.

Tracey, Nursery Manager at Tops Babbacombe said “The yoga sessions we provide here at the nursery are incredibly popular. Our staff have been trained to carry out yoga to suit all ages within the early years setting, from babies to pre-schoolers!

The popularity of these sessions has meant that we were able to open the nursery on set dates to the local community who wish to take part in a free yoga stay and play session, where parents are able to learn more about how they can practice yoga with their children at home.”


Nursery playground burnt to the ground

Nursery playground burnt to the ground

Arsonists hit Perry Court School’s playground in Bristol, leaving children and staff devastated in the run-up to Easter, as their toys and outdoor apparatus were engulfed in flames.

Breaking out at a little before 6:30pm on April 15, firefighters fought hard but were unable to save the outdoor area, a shed containing toys, and multiple pieces of apparatus including a slide.

Speaking to local news outlet, Bristol Live, a spokesperson for the Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were called at 18:23hrs to a fire involving play equipment and fencing at the rear of a school on Great Hayles Road.

“One crew from Bedminster fire station, one crew from Temple fire station and one crew from Hicks Gate fire station attended the incident and used one high-pressure hose reel to extinguish the fire.

“We were joined at the scene by police colleagues.

“The cause of the fire is thought to be deliberate.”

Parents have spoken out about the effect this will have on the children, and are rallying to raise funds to rebuild!

One mum, Rachel Thorpe, said:

“All of the kids’ bikes, prams and everything they play with have been destroyed.

“When the kids come back after Easter they’ll have nothing to play with.

“It’s such a good school and I think everyone’s really upset by this.”

For anyone who wishes to donate to the rebuild of the outdoor area, you can donate via the GoFund page.

Story by: bristollive.co.uk


Chicks are for life, not just Easter!

Chicks are for life, not just Easter!

There are so many activities children and staff alike can enjoy over Easter and during the spring months and Childbase Partnership has hatched multiple programmes across their setting to help children with their emotional development, including chick-hatching.

One nursery taking part in the chick-hatching programme is Greengables Day Nursery, Sandhurst. Manager Jennifer Ralphs highlighted the importance of learning animal care when speaking with daynurseries.co.uk.

She discussed how many children don’t have these opportunities at home, as many don’t have pets to care for.

She said: “Many children are unable to keep pets at home so interacting with an animal in the nursery may be the only opportunity they have to learn about their needs, care and ultimate value in the world.

“Teaching children respect for the natural world is an important part of work in preparing them for their roles and responsibilities in the world. This cannot be successfully achieved in isolation and without close proximity to animals.”

All at Greengables and Childbase Partnership believe nurturing animals provides amazing benefits, especially for children who may struggle more emotionally. They are also taking the welfare of their chicks very seriously, choosing ethical suppliers and putting plans in place to ensure the chicks have very happy lives – past the Easter period.

One such supplier is The Happy Chick Company, and owner Madeline Buchanan, agrees with Jennifer’s sentiments, saying:

“How are children going to learn about, empathise, bond and respect animals if they do not spend time in their company? Animal contact in schools is so important, to ensure that children of today become our animal lovers of the future.

“Through animal contact in schools, children (and adults) will be encouraged to care. This is more powerful than indifference. I firmly believe that animal contact is what is needed to ensure that people care about the animals around them. When this service is provided ethically, the positives far outweigh any negatives.”

This is the second year Greengables have taken part in such an amazing activity, and last year, they managed to find permanent homes for all their chicks.

Health, safety and environment director for Childbase Partnership, Mark Bird, discussed the group’s approach to the welfare of the chicks, telling daynurseries.co.uk that:

“The welfare of the hatched chicks is paramount during and after this learning experience, which is why choosing an ethical, higher welfare supplier is so important.

“If we cannot successfully and appropriately re-home any of our hatched chicks, they are returned to our supplier who has the facilities, many years of expertise, and networks in place to responsibly accommodate all birds, whatever their gender.”

Have you hatched any chicks this Easter? We’d love to hear your stories, email marketing@parenta.com.

Story by: daynurseries.co.uk


Plans submitted for a new nursery at former primary school site

Plans submitted for a new nursery at former primary school site

Plans have been submitted for a new nursery, with capacity for 170 children and 33 staff, at the former St Pius Primary School site in Dundee.

The plans proposed are for a single storey nursery that will accommodate 3-5-year-olds and also hold spaces for 2-year-olds. It is set to have CCTV and lockable barriers to the main car park, with overnight lighting and additional planting surrounding the area to help prevent intruders.

Speaking to the Evening Telegraph, Councillor Lynne Short discussed the need for additional resources for early years education in the area, to support the provision of free hours.

“It is essential we deliver nursery buildings in Dundee which will create capacity for more of our children in a bright, modern, accessible learning environment” she said.

“The expansion of nursery hours will also have an impact on the economy of the city, allowing parents to attend training courses or take on jobs that they would not have been able to in the past due to time or cost issues.”

Story by: eveningtelegraph.co.uk


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