Expert opinion: socialising your child during the pandemic

Socialising your little ones is still possible and enrolling your child in a nursery is a great way to get them used to interacting with others.

“Due to the pandemic this year, socialising is more important than ever for young children,” said Lisa Hack, Customer Relations Officer, who has 30 years of experience in childcare. “We are delighted that we can continue to welcome your children into our nursery as usual and that the Government has acknowledged the importance of keeping Early Years settings open throughout the new lockdown. Many young children haven’t met or interacted with as many people as they would have otherwise.

“Socialising, meeting new people and learning through play is really important for a child’s development,” continued Lisa. “Ideally, children will be confident in socialising with other children and adults before they reach school age so that they can confidently transition into school with the skills they need.

“We know parents may feel concerned with the lack of social activity options available this year. Enrolling your young child in a nursery can be a really effective way for them to play, learn and build positive relationships with other people. Our nursery provisions also provide tailored settling-in sessions, flexibility and support providing peace of mind for parents in what has been a trying year for many.”

Ashbourne Day Nurseries has three sites in Milton Keynes: Fenny Stratford; Oxley Park and Milton Keynes Central.


Fenny Stratford

Located in a unique listed building, Fenny Stratford has large, curiosity inspiring rooms perfect for engaging and stimulating your child. There’s a separate Baby Den and Pre-school area, and an outdoor area with a mud kitchen, construction area and vegetable patch.

The centre has space for up to 64 children and was rated Good by Ofsted.


Oxley Park

Oxley Park is a spacious and purpose built centre which welcomes babies from three months, right through to children of pre-school age. There’s a Nursery Chef who cooks all meals on site and there are two separate garden areas: one for babies and toddlers under two, and a separate one for children aged two and up. Oxley Park also offers daily Spanish social interactions to all ages.

Open Monday-Friday 7.30am-6pm, 51 weeks of the year, it’s the perfect place for busy working parents to lighten the load with trustworthy and stimulating childcare. It has been rated Good by Ofsted.


Milton Keynes Central

A friendly nursery right in the heart of Milton Keynes, this centre is perfectly situated for parents still working in the City Centre, or who will be returning to work there in the future. It also offers flexible sessions to meet the needs of working parents.

Milton Keynes Central offers a spacious layout, a large outdoor garden space and close proximity to parks and nature to keep your little ones engaged and entertained.


Ashbourne Day Nurseries is welcoming parents and children to its personal tours on an appointment only basis. To book your place and take a look around your nearest nursery, simply visit the website.

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