Nursery Celebrates 25 Years in Business

  |  Published: Jun 30th 2014

Over 200 former staff, children and friends joined Aylesbury Councillor Michael Rand last week to help The Day Nursery at Aylesbury College celebrate a fantastic 25 years in business.  Carole Hogg, Manager of the nursery when it started in 1989, opened a new garden, and Councillor Rand planted a tree in commemoration. 

Councillor Rand commented:  “I am totally impressed by the fact that this nursery is receptive for children so young and that there are not the strict restrictions on entry requirements that there were in my day.  It is a real benefit to young families in the area, in excellent modern facilities.”

The Nursery provides a happy and secure environment for up to 84 children between the ages of three months and five years.  Users include the staff and students of Aylesbury College, as well as the local community.

A giant banner was made with past and present staff and children’s handprints, and the children enjoyed face painting, balloon modelling, music games and painting.

Carol Carlin, current Nursery Manager, said:  “What a great day.  We were delighted to see so many people at our event and are proud of our achievement in reaching 25 years in a nursery business.  We really do feel that we have been part of the College and local community for a long time.”

The Day Nursery first opened its doors in 1989 with provision for 24 children aged 2-5 years.  The first intake was for the children of students attending the College.  With changes in childcare legislation there was a greater demand for places, and the nursery extended its service to the local community.  The original building had several extensions and the addition of a pre-school.  In September 2011, a new purpose built facility was opened with three large playrooms and outdoor play areas.  Since 1989 around 40,000 people have come through its doors for affordable childcare. 

It’s certainly been a busy time for the nursery, as it also featured last week on ITV’s flagship Good Morning Britain programme as part of a campaign about child car seat safety.

For more information about The Day Nursery at Aylesbury College, contact Carol Carlin, Nursery Manager, on ccarlin@aylesbury.ac.uk or call 01296 588594.

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