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Busy Bees Nurseries Go Wild With The Wildlife Trusts

Friday 9th January

Busy Bees Nurseries Go Wild With The Wildlife Trusts

Children at Busy Bees Nurseries across Nottinghamshire will be kicking off the New Year by wrapping up warm against the elements and venturing into the great outdoors, as part of a new initiative developed in partnership with The Wildlife Trusts.


Designed to reignite children’s curiosity for the natural world, and in doing so helping to  protect its many wonders for generations of children yet to come, Busy Bees Goes Wild will launch this month to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers across all of Busy Bees’ 236 UK nurseries.


This special learning enhancement has been developed by The Wildlife Trusts exclusively for children who attend Busy Bees’ nurseries and will be split into four sections – one for each season.  As part of Busy Bees Goes Wild, children will take part in a number of wildlife-themed activities and document their progress in special scrapbooks designed by the charity.  Scrapbooks will be judged at both nursery and national level with winners entered into national finals at the end of each season.  All children will receive certificates upon the completion of each seasonal scrapbook and national winners will be awarded with goody bags and a free family membership to their local Wildlife Trust.  An overall Busy Bees Goes Wild champion will be crowned at the end of the autumn season later in the year and will win a family break at a Center Parcs resort. All children who complete all four seasonal scrapbooks will receive special hats and t-shirts for their commitment and effort.


Nursery manager, Michelle at Busy Bees nursery in Wollaton, said: “The children are very excited to be taking part in the Busy Bees Goes Wild awards programme; pulling on their wellington boots, hats and scarfs and venturing into the great outdoors to complete a range of fun and educational activities, both at nursery and at home.”


“We hope this initiative will enhance our children’s understanding and appreciation of nature and its many inhabitants, whilst providing them with an opportunity to have lots of fun in the process.”


Erin McDaid, Head of Communications & Marketing for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, said:  “Helping children and families to discover nature and make the most of the wildlife close to home is a big part of our work.  We want as many children as possible to experience nature and getting children involved at a young age is really important.


“The Busy Bees Goes Wild scheme is all about getting children closer to nature.  The scrapbooks offer ways for children to record and share their wildlife experiences and the awards encourage an interest in nature through letting them get outside and experience the real thing for themselves.  We’re delighted to be helping Busy Bees to get more children interested in nature and we hope that, for some, it could be the start of a lifelong interest in wildlife.” 


Children taking part in ‘Busy Bees Goes Wild’ will complete a range of activities both in nursery and at home with their families, such as making bird feeders, drawing pictures and documenting wildlife they encounter while outdoors. In addition to the scrapbooks and associated activities, seasonal poetry and photography competitions will run as part of the initiative.


Commenting on the partnership, Marg Randles, co-founder and managing director of Busy Bees Childcare, explained: “Exploring the natural world has been an integral part of childhood for centuries and represents a free, fun and accessible way for children, and their families, to spend quality time together, learn and play.  It also supports active and healthy lifestyles.  Yet, for several reasons – including the advancement of technology – the great outdoors is becoming a less attractive proposition for many children and parents.


“We’ve partnered with The Wildlife Trusts because we want to champion the great outdoors and encourage our children to discover exciting facts about nature and enjoy the limitless fun that can be had exploring it.  We’re really looking forward to launching ‘Busy Bees Goes Wild’ and can’t wait to see the colourful and creative scrapbooks our children are going to produce.”


Children and families interested in exploring and protecting their natural world together are invited to become members of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and join in with a range of educational activities and a special  downloadable My Wild Winter activity guide can be found on The Wildlife Trust’s Website. Children can also join in at their local wildlife watch group They can do this by visiting the website or calling Alex in membership on 0115 958 8242.

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