Nursery’s new garden opened by MP
Leighton’s MP Andrew Selous impressed future voters at Cedars Day nursery in Leighton Buzzard with his mud pie making skills as he opened the new garden there on February 1.
Extensive work has turned the large garden in Mentmore Road into a play and learning haven for the children of all ages with, for example, a bespoke mud kitchen, cobbled water runway and nature trails.
In officially opening the new garden, the MP for South West Bedfordshire, praised state-of-the-art facilities inside the spacious day nursery, with its imaginative age-appropriate play rooms, and the new opportunities now available to children in the large garden.
“It was a real pleasure to visit Cedars Day Nursery and amongst many exciting and enjoyable activities, I was particularly pleased to see opportunities for the children to make dens and grow plants, two activities which I think children often get particular enjoyment from. I would like to thank all the staff for the excellent work they do,” he said.
Tools and equipment for building dens and castles, pumping water, and exploring nature ensure imaginative play in the new age-appropriate garden areas for Cedars children aged from six weeks to five years old.
Cedars Manager, Michelle Nokes, believes outdoor play is not only essential for young children in developing healthy lifestyles but is also vital to their development so the garden is in constant use whatever the weather.
“Den making is a great way for children and staff to interact as they transform poles and materials into a cave, castle or spaceship. Imaginative play is fundamental to a child’s learning in advancing skills of planning, co-operation and communication while at the same time increasing self-esteem, confidence and improving their social skills,” she said.
As with all activities at the nursery, mixed in with the fun are learning opportunities and a commitment to continual improvement like the plans to extend number of growing beds where children plant, tend and harvest flowers, herbs and vegetables learning valuable lessons in maths and science along the way.
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