Youngsters bury time capsule in grounds of their new nursery

Chief executive of Childbase Partnership  Mike Thompson with Lewis Fenn,3, Archie Tracey,3 and Zara Webb,4.

Chief executive of Childbase Partnership Mike Thompson with Lewis Fenn,3, Archie Tracey,3 and Zara Webb,4.

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Little ones have sent messages into the future through the burial of a time capsule on the building site that will become their new nursery home next year.

Messages about fun activities at the existing Cherry Trees Day Nursery in Cranfield, along with photographs, hand-drawn pictures, newspapers and stamps were buried near protected trees in what will be the nursery garden.

Children have been learning about construction at their nursery.

Children have been learning about construction at their nursery.

Youngsters are due to move from their West Road site to their new Cranfield University base in spring next year.

Manager at the nursery, rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, Emma Jestice said: “Practitioners and children are equally excited about moving home. The huge light filled spaces and garden areas planned for the new nursery have captured the imagination of us all. The opportunities for imaginative play and learning are endless and we are very excited.”

During the building works, nursery children will be visiting the Duncan Road site so that they can see the project in action and learn more about the building process.

The new 120 place nursery will include separate age appropriate indoor and outdoor play and learning spaces and a large light-filled suite in the middle for specialist craft, cooking and other activities.

Cherry Trees Nursery has buried a time capsule.

Cherry Trees Nursery has buried a time capsule.

Cherry Trees Day nursery is part of the employee-owned Childbase Partnership which has 46 day nurseries throughout the South of England.