It is important that our children grow up to be well-balanced individuals and understand the importance of community and helping others. At St. George’s we do many things to assist with this.
For example, at Harvest time and at Christmas, we collect items for homeless/disadvantaged families and young people and at Easter we organise various Easter-themed activities in order to fundraise for charity. See our Blogs for more details.
We also teach the children about the environment and world in which we live, including how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Our nurseries develop close links with care homes for the elderly as know what benefits this can have for both age groups. The children visit and spend time in care homes – they take hot cross buns at Easter and sing carols with their elderly friends at Christmas time. The elderly also visit us at nursery and join in on many of our daily activities. This precious time with our elderly friends is thoroughly enjoyed by all!
Other members of the community will come and visit also such as parents with specific skills or jobs that the children can learn about, the police, the fire service, doctors/nurses, check out our Blogs to see some of the things we get up to.
We also receive regular visits from different animals and pets. By allowing children to interact with animals gives them the chance to learn in a greater, richer and in a more immersed way.
Children are frequently taken on Nursery outings. These may include having a yummy picnic time at the park, brushing up on our reading at the library and broadening our knowledge of the world at the museum or at a show. Safety is always a priority, and risk assessments are carried out before every outing and a qualified first aider is always present.
We raise money throughout the year for charity for causes such as Comic Relief, Children in Need, Loros and more, when children, parents and our staff teams get involved with lots of fun fundraising activities.
Other recent notable charitable fundraising includes:
• London Marathon ’21 – One of our directors ran the London Marathon in September 2022 raising over £15,000 for Children with Cancer UK.
• In the lead up to Easter 2021, we raised money for Women’s Aid Leicestershire. The money that we raise for this local charity will provide vital assistance to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Our interview on BBC East Midlands Today can be found here.
• In November 2020, we asked the community to help us with our Big Collection by donating items such as warm clothing, unopened food tins and other dried food, hygiene items such as nappies and female sanitary products. We helped to tackle the continuing fall out from Covid. We supported children, families and vulnerable people at Christmas time with life essential supplies, with the help of Action Homeless and Help the Homeless, Leicester. Our feature on BBC East Midlands today can be found here