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Devonshire Day Nursery wins Healthy Early Years London Award

Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick has been awarded a coveted Healthy Early Years London bronze award for its holistic approach to giving very young children the best possible start in life.

Scrutinised on 17 main areas, covering a total of 56 aspects of child health, wellbeing and development, the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in Bennett Street is already focused on the next stage of the Mayor of London funded award scheme.

A delighted Devonshire Manager, Emmy Avery, who praised her team for their dedication and parents for their tireless support, said:

“We are committed to giving children the best possible start in life so absolutely nothing is left to chance. We are enormously proud of this achievement but we won’t be resting on our laurels – we are definitely going for Gold.”

The latest award follows ‘Food for Life Served Here’ recognition for the nursery’s environmentally sustainable and ethically produced home-cooked meals, and activities designed to ensure children have an informed and positive relationship with food throughout their lives.

Powered by electricity from renewable sources like the sun and wind, Devonshire also diverts all its nappy and food waste away from landfill and recycles nearly all its general waste via Material Reclamation Facilities.

Children grow, tend and harvest fresh herbs and vegetables in the newly refurbished garden learning maths, science and environmental messages as they go.

The Healthy Early Years London award also recognised the quality training programmes for practitioners and the workshops and leaflets provided to parents as part of ‘sharing expertise’ initiatives at the nursery.

“Our approach centres on not only recognising that every child is unique but ensuring that we find ways to actively celebrate that individuality,” said Emmy. 

“Confident, secure and happy children make friends easily and are open to new experiences. When you get that right, it is just a case of introducing as many different opportunities as possible to capture their imagination and see where their learning journey takes us,” she added.