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Walcot nursery invests in new outdoor equipment to encourage active and imaginative play

Pre-schoolers and toddlers at The Co-operative Childcare in Walcot are enjoying a new tyre-climbing frame and ‘mud kitchen’, following investment in the nursery’s outdoor play area.

The new equipment strengthens the nursery’s already ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted-rated facilities and highlights The Co-operative Childcare’s holistic approach to early years learning and development. In its most recent report, the nursery was praised for its “excellent range of indoor and outdoor play-based activities.”

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CAINSCROSS NURSERY COMMITS TO A GREENER GENERATION

The Co-operative Childcare nursery in Cainscross is embracing a greener future after installing solar panels. The decision to opt for the renewable energy source follows the nursery adopting a more sustainable approach, and incorporating this policy in to its learning and play activities for children.

As a part of the solar panel installation, an interactive TV is situated in one of the nursery pre-school play rooms, which shows how much power the solar panels are generating. The screen enables the children to see how much electricity is being produced and what is being powered by this electricity around the nursery.

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Co-operative Childcare Newburn is one of the first nurseries in England to receive new Millie’s Mark first aid award

The Co-operative Childcare in Newburn, Newcastle Upon Tyne, is among ten nurseries across England to be the first to achieve Millie’s Mark, the new quality mark for excellence in paediatric first aid for early years settings.

The status was created by charity Millie’s Trust with the Department for Education and is being administered by National Day Nurseries Association.

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LITTLE ONES PIONEER CHILDREN’S BOOK COLLECTION

To celebrate the successful launch of its new pre-school programme, The Co-operative Childcare has taken its first step into children’s literature, launching a five-book series that has been co-created by children, colleagues and a children’s author, Pippa Pixley.

Pippa, who has worked on a number of picture books in the past, has been working closely with The Co-operative Childcare pre-schoolers and colleagues in creative sessions to craft the ‘Little Pioneers’ book series.

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NEARLY 90% OF PARENTS THINK THEIR PRE-SCHOOL CHOICE COULD INFLUENCE CHILDREN’S PLACE AT PRIMARY SCHOOL

Almost 90% of parents believe their child has a higher chance of securing a place at a desired primary school if they attend its pre-school, according to research commissioned by The Co-operative Childcare – despite it not being the most important factor in school admissions.

The study, conducted by Censuswide, surveyed over 1,000 parents with children aged between two-and-a-half and five-years-old. The research revealed that 87% of parents believe that their son or daughter would be more likely to get in to their preferred primary school, if they attend an incorporated pre-school.   

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NURSERIES IN NEWCASTLE SUPPORT LOCAL CHILDREN’S CHARITIES

Two children’s charities in Newcastle have received a generous donation of over £3,000 from The Co-operative Childcare, through the fundraising efforts of children and colleagues over the summer.

The chain’s Newburn, Newbiggin and Newcastle nurseries came together to raise money for two chosen charities, Tiny Lives and Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), with a series of events and toddle waddle, where children were sponsored to walk a mile.

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TADWORTH TOTS REVAMPING NURSERY WITH HELP FROM LOCAL COMMUNITY

Children and colleagues at Tadworth-nursery are appealing to the local community to donate plants and equipment, so its pre-schoolers can enjoy the outdoors all year round.   

The Co-operative Childcare, based on Tadworth Court, has already established a fun and educational garden, and colleagues are now looking to turn the space in to a sensory experience for the infants.

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THE CO-OPERATIVE CHILDCARE STRENGTHENS PORTFOLIO WITH ACQUISITION OF NURSERY CHAIN OF THE YEAR

The Co-operative Childcare has expanded its portfolio of nurseries with the acquisition of the West Midlands-based First Steps Children’s Nursery Group.

The deal will see the Society take over First Steps’ four nurseries in Northfield, Selly Park, Harborne and Wolverhampton, strengthening Co-operative Childcare’s position as the fifth largest childcare provider in the UK and adding to its four-strong nurseries already in the West Midlands. 

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WALSALL NURSERY CELEBRATES AN OUTSTANDING 25 YEARS

Our Walsall Wood nursery is celebrating 25 years of providing children in the local area with first class care, after receiving an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating.

Following a visit from Ofsted inspectors, The Co-operative Childcare on Lichfield Road was commended for its colleagues’ commitment to developing the pupils’ “awareness of healthy lifestyles” by cooking nutritious meals at lunchtime.

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MORE THAN 80% OF PARENTS BELIEVE PRE-SCHOOL CAN IMPACT THEIR CHILDREN’S SOCIAL SKILLS

A recent survey commissioned by The Co-operative Childcare found that 81% of parents believe that children’s experiences at pre-school can affect their social skills in later life.

The survey conducted by Censuswide revealed that although academic subjects like reading and writing were of high importance to parents, social and physical skills like riding a bike were also highly rated.

Responses from more than 1,000 parents with children aged between two-and-a-half and five years’ old, discovered that over a third of parents would have preferred to have learnt how to ride a bike at a younger age over learning a skill such as reading or writing. 

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CHILDCARE PROVIDER SCOOPS TWO TOP INDUSTRY AWARD

The Co-operative Childcare has been recognised for its outstanding commitment to the early years’ sector after receiving two awards from Nursery Management Today (NMT) Top 20, which celebrates the most influential people and nurseries in the industry.

Group General Manager Mike Abbott was crowned as one of the most influential people in the childcare sector due to his continued commitment to high quality standards. Under his leadership, The Co-operative Childcare has grown from six nurseries to 44 over the last four years, and Ofsted results continue to thrive with 98% of its nurseries securing Outstanding or Good ratings.


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LEAMINGTON NURSERY AWARDED ‘GOOD’ OFSTED RATING

Our Leamington nursery has achieved a glowing report from Ofsted which resulted in a ‘Good’ rating in its recent Ofsted inspection following a recent £200,000 investment to merge two of the town’s Co-operative Childcare nurseries.

Inspectors commented that children at the nursery, based on Upper Grove Street, are highly artistic and build upon their “creative and imaginative skills” through play. They were also impressed by how confidently “children express themselves and share their ideas”, which builds a strong foundation of skills ahead of pre-school.

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CHARLTON NURSERY AWARDED ‘OUTSTANDING’ OFSTED RATING

A Charlton nursery has achieved top-rate results after an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspection rating thanks to its “excellent” range of learning opportunities and colleague’s strong relationships with children.

Inspectors commented that children at The Co-operative Childcare, based on Sherington Road, develop “excellent thinking and investigative skills”, which prepares them for pre-school. Children were also praised for being “highly independent in managing their personal needs”.

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PARENTS LEND A HELPING HAND TO RENOVATE LITTLEHAMPTON NURSERY

Nursery children in Littlehampton will have the chance to get messy and creative in a newly renovated garden complete with mud kitchen and sand pit, thanks to a group of local volunteers.

Colleagues at The Co-operative Childcare, based on Watersmead Business Park, welcomed parents and members of the community to help volunteers from grounds maintenance service providers, ISS Facility Services Landscaping, install the garden’s new features which will encourage children to explore the natural environment.

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