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Child Safety Week

Child Safety Week is run by Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. They provide a range of resources to help practitioners run local activities and events and promote safety messages in a fun and engaging way. We have attached a resource for you to have a look at, which includes some fun activities and information leaflets.. Enjoy!

Easter Activities!

We cannot believe it is that time of year again… Easter! A time for celebrating the resurrection of Jesus (and let’s be honest, eating copious amounts of chocolate). Since we are still set to have restrictions in place during this time, we thought that we would put together some ideas for arts, crafts, baking and activities with your little ones over the easter break.

There are so many cheap and easy recipes for yummy treats that you can do at home with your children. A personal favourite of ours are chocolate nests (BBC good food recipe). They are the perfect Easter treat, simple enough for little ones to get involved and they just need three ingredients! Another go to recipe are these easy bunny shaped cookies. Kids absolutely love making the icing and decorating these delightful little biscuits as an easter themed treat.

Let’s not forget the reason we celebrate Easter in the first place. It’s very easy for our little ones to be distracted by chocolate, cute bunnies and fluffy chicks. We have downloaded the easter story resource from twinkl, so you can download and read/show to your children. This is definitely aimed at 3 or 4 year olds plus, but there is some great imagery in there to help you describe your own version of the story if you wish.

Have you tried making an easter bonnet yet? These are so much fun for your little ones to help decorate and make, and they can wear them as they are doing an easter egg hunt! Our pre schoolers are making them as we speak for a competition to win a small prize. There are loads of cheap and easy ways to make easter bonnets.. you can see some great ideas on how to make them here.

Easter egg hunts are so much fun but can be a quite expensive if you’re using chocolate the whole time. You can always ask your children to create and colour in their own eggs that you hide around your garden and once your little ones have collected, they get one chocolate or prize at the end. You could also buy some wooden or plastic eggs that you can re use every year for easter egg hunts to be extra cost effective!

Here are some of the easter events/activities taking place this year in Hertfordshire:
ChristChurch Redbourn
Harpenden Piggottshill Lane
Ashridge Estate
High Beeches

We hope that everyone has a lovely Easter break and we would love to see what you all get up too!

From the Little Nightingales Team X

10th Anniversary

We are celebrating our 10th anniversary

It has been an incredible decade at Little Nightingales and I am delighted that so many children, parents, family and friends will be joining us on July 1st to celebrate at the 10th anniversary party!

When we opened in April 2007 there were just 13 children and seven members of staff. Today I am so proud to be responsible for and work with a fabulous team of 15 staff, caring for and educating 73 little-ones! Over the past 10 years that amounts to caring for about 300 children and, as a result, building close relationships with 300 families.

There are two wonderful people I owe a great deal to. I would like to give a huge thank-you to our loyal administration manager, Sally Shields, who has been with me from day one. It has also been a joy to watch my daughter, Marilyn, take over as manager. They work tirelessly with the dedicated Little Nightingales team to make the nursery a great place for staff and children alike.

Over the past 10 years I have met so many wonderful business people and members of the local community, who have supported us and who we have worked with. Too numerous to mention individually but my thanks goes out to you all.

Every day we strive to provide a happy, nurturing environment where parents can trust us with their precious offspring and this is borne out in consistently “Good” Ofsted outcomes and our Early Years Quality Standard Gold award. However, we do not rest on our laurels and there are plans for introducing further improvements to make Little Nightingales a nursery which showcases best practice in pre-school care and education

Lastly, I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support,