The Elms and the Oaks day nurseries are celebrating after being recognised for their innovation at the National Day Nurseries Association Awards 2016.
The Elms day nursery received highly commended in the category, ‘Best Use of Technology’, whilst the Oaks received runner up recognition in the category, ‘Healthy Nursery of the Year 2016’ at a ceremony held last Friday (July 1st, 2016).
General Manager for Support Services at the University of Birmingham, Gail Eagles, said: “To receive recognition for both the Oaks and the Elms Day Nurseries is a fantastic achievement for staff and children.
“The environment and daily activity programmes at both our nurseries help to develop confident, independent and creative children. We are delighted that the work of our qualified and experienced team of nursery practitioner professionals has been recognised nationally.”
The Elms day nursery received recognition for innovatively using ‘iConnect’ to diversify the way in which the nursery record and share children’s developments with parents.
The technology enables parents to access photographs, videos and care routines throughout the day via their phone and upload their children’s ‘wow life moments’ on the ParentZone section of the system.
The Oaks day nursery celebrated alongside their colleagues for receiving the runner up award for their project to promote the importance of good oral hygiene during National Smile Month in May.
Other initiatives that saw recognition in this category for the nursery included children’s cookery and grow-your-own classes. Both projects focus on developing children’s awareness of the journey of food from the garden to the kitchen.