It’s a busy time of year for children at The Elms, The Oaks and The Maples Day Nurseries.

The older children who are moving up to school have said a fond farewell to their time at nursery in a special Graduation ceremony at the University of Birmingham. The children wore caps and gowns, and received their graduation scrolls in front of proud family members.

Meanwhile, the summer trip to Hatton Country World was a wonderful success.

Child at Farmyard

Parents and children alike enjoyed visiting the animals in Farmyard Favourites, and and the Scales and Tails area, packed with exotic creatures.

Scales and Tails at Hatton Country World

It’s a unique opportunity to get up close and hands on with real living things.

Farmyard Friends

They also loved a brand new activity this year: strawberry picking!

The children at The Elms are very familiar with growing their own fruits. They planted strawberries earlier this year, and have been enjoying the fruits of their efforts. They’ve learned how to prepare a planting area, nurture growing plants, and to provide habitats for wildlife like bees and other insects. They’ve also learned about sustainable practices like composting and recycling old materials.

Strawberries at the Elms

They’ve just earned a Level 3 Royal Horticultural Society Gardening for Schools award – and delicious strawberries to eat and cook with too.

Planting area at The Elms