As our existing parents of children at our nurseries in Beaconsfield will know, we regularly support a variety of charities throughout the year. As well as getting involved in well known events like Children in Need and Red Nose Day, we also support lesser known, local charities.
Involving our children and teaching them about different organisations is an important part of our ethos at Beaconsfield Childcare. Helping to raise kind children who are willing to help others is a key part of our care. Beaconsfield Childcare director, Sarah, explains: “As a setting we feel it is important to support charities that are child focused both locally and further afield as this is the sector we are in. We also believe as a nursery community it is important to help others and teach the children about people who are not as fortunate as they are in a way that is age appropriate and that they will understand.”
Some charity weeks, like BrakeUK’s Road Safety Week, are great learning opportunities and we theme arts and crafts activities around the event. Making sure that the messages are conveyed in a fun and exciting way is really important and we have a dedicated charity co-ordinator who works on ideas to bring charity days to life for the children. Engaging them is central to everything we do.
Charity days can also be an opportunity to help create the sense of community that’s important to us at Beaconsfield Childcare. Holding an event like Barnardo’s The Big Toddle, which we did last summer, gives the whole family a chance to get involved. We hosted a lovely afternoon at Brindley House nursery in Beaconsfield where there were all sorts of activities including face painting, games and a barbecue and raised £1,203.50 for a very worthy cause.
Upcoming charity support we have planned includes supporting British Heart Foundation for the month of February, including a Wear Red for BHF on February 14th and of course, Red Nose Day in March. Staff are involved in discussing which charities to support and we also welcome ideas from parents of children at our Beaconsfield nurseries.