MK CAN - 16th October 2023

Buttons took part in MK CAN, a World Record attempt for the longest line of food cans, supported by Milton Keynes Foodbank. We were utterly amazed by how many of our Buttons families and local supermarkets got involved. Buttons needed to collect 350 cans but completely surpassed this by collecting 1309 cans! We were so so grateful. 

Monday 16th October, the event day had arrived (a day that took the Foodbank 18 months to organise), we filled 3 cars with all of our cans and headed over to Campbell Park. We were joined by 9 Buttons Staff and even 4 little Buttons to represent our Preschool. The little Buttons were absolutely amazing and so well behaved, a real honour to have represent Buttons Preschools. They also got to meet the Mayor and Mayoress of Milton Keynes as well as going inside of an ambulance to listen to the sirens.

It was an extremely humbling day to see how many organisations and local groups took part. The verdict was announced at 3pm and Milton Keynes had done it, collected 104,400 cans. We were so proud to be apart of a special moment in history for Milton Keynes. Therefore breaking the World Record for the longest food cans in a line and becoming the new World Record Holders!

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World Book Day 2023

Buttons celebrated World Book Day again this year and we had some amazing costumes from both staff and children. Some settings came dressed as all the characters from one book, The Colour Monster. Whereas others, came in dressed as the main character from separate books, Little Red Riding Hood and Matilda. Everyone looked absolutely fabulous and the children had so much fun learning about lots of different stories. 

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Community Penpals

At our Stoke Hammond setting, the children reached out to the community and found a suitable penpal. Whilst in preschool the children wrote letters to their penpals and during their weekly walk they would post these letter through their letterboxes. Children received lovely responses and this is something we are looking to roll out to our other settings in 2022! Please see photos of this incredible experience.

Children in Need 2022

Buttons celebrate Children in Need every year and in 2022 one of our settings decided that their children would make cakes and sell them to the surrounding community. All the children took part in this cake sale, from finding the recipes, walking to the local shop for ingredients and baking the cakes, with help from staff. All the money raised was sent to Children in Need and we will continue to support this every year.

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Buttons visit the library bus

We took a group of children to the library bus, they chose a book each and then we went to see the Residents at Oaktree Court to share our books. The children sat beautifully and listened to stories being read. The cook made us cupcakes and juice which we shared altogether after. 

The children absolutely love spending time with our older friends and we hope to visit them again very soon.

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Teddy Bears Picnic

Buttons had a lovely afternoon, 3 residents came to join us for story and song time - the residents brought the children little bears to take home and also a large bear for the setting. The children served our guests snacks and a drink before being read stories by Joan.

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Past charities have included:

Buttons have supported MK Act, which is a charity who support over 100 families' everyday to help them move on from fear and abuse. MK Act have provided safe emergency accommodation in Milton Keynes for individuals and their children escaping violence for over 45 years. MK Act offers support for those individuals aged 16 and over. We have raised money by the children doing various bake sales and celebrations with staff such as end of year parties and raffles. 

Charity of the Year 2018

Buttons were proud to support Phoenix Rising MK, they are a community interest group creating amazing opportunities for people with disabilities, they run several sessions throughout the week, as well as a fantastic Saturday group, check out their Facebook, Phoenix Rising MK. 

Several fund raising events were planned throughout the year, these included world book day, teddy bears picnic, pyjama day, national fun day at work and lots more, we aim to raise as many funds as possible for this amazing group.

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MacMillan - Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning.

Children from across various Buttons settings supported MacMillan's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September 2017. Lots of delicious cakes and pastries were served and eaten whilst raising funds for this well known charity. Check out the photos and spot your child or contribution.

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Buttons were proud to have attended the MK Inspiration Awards Finals on Saturday 10th June 2018, the evening was a fantastic success for all involved and we were thrilled that Tracie bailey was awarded "Inspirational Teacher" 2018, she was so thrilled she was rendered speechless.

Below are just a few pictures of our evening.

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Buttons Preschool were very proudly been nominated for two awards; Most inspiring school and most charitable business! We couldn't of done this without our amazing staff and we were down to the final 5 for both awards, please carry on voting using the link to facebook below.

In the run up to the finals of the MK Inspiration awards our Director Tracie Bailey gave an interview on MKFM this morning. 
Tracie and the rest of The Team at Buttons are absolutely thrilled to have been nominated and even happier that they have made it through to the finals.
We are pleased to announce that 20 of the Buttons staff will be in attendance at the award ceremony and would love for some of you to join us.
Check out MKFM.CO.UK for ticket information or log on to to purchase your tickets.


Buttons chosen charity of the year 2016 are “Baby Basics”, we are very proud to announce that we continue to support this charity in 2022, any donations of baby and toddler items as well as those items that will support new mummies and families will be gratefully received and put to good use.

We were proud to have them as Buttons Charity of the Year and we want to ensure they have everything they've need to keep up the amazing work...

The director is happy to drive all over MK to collect new born items, or you can drop into any of our Buttons Preschools. 


We would love to advertise any parent business for you, please contact Lauren our Marketing Associate to discuss via email;

The advert will be free of charge but a donation to Baby Basics would be greatly appreciated!

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