Opening of New Nursery For 2 Year Olds
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On Wednesday 8th July, Swindon Academy officially opened their brand new two-year old nursery at the Beech Avenue site. The new nursery provision has been made possible in part through funding from Swindon Borough Council, enabling Swindon Academy to convert the secondary staffroom into a brand new spacious nursery as well as redesigning outdoor play areas to encourage learning and development. The nursery offers both funded and fee paying places for two year olds.
The Grand Opening was attended by Swindon Mayor, Andrew Bennett, who cut the ribbon, and Head of Swindon Borough Council, Councilor Renard, along with many families from the local community. Some cuddly farm animals, including a couple of friendly alpacas, ponies, goats, rabbits, sheep and ducks were also on the guest list, giving visitors and pupils an opportunity to touch and learn about animals.
An extensive advertising campaign across town invited parents with young child to attend the event and staff at Swindon Academy were very pleased with the turn out. Mrs Wilson, Assistant Principal Early Years Foundation Stage, said: “Last year we were delighted when our nursery provision was rated Good by Ofsted and now we are really pleased to be able to offer this high quality nursery provision to more families of two-year olds in our community. Parents who came along to the nursery opening were very complimentary of the new facilities. Places are going fast so many parents signed up straight away at the opening to ensure that their little ones benefit from the funded places available. We’ve been looking forward to growing our nursery provision whilst the building conversion was taking place so it’s really exciting to be able to start taking children from September.”
It has been a prime government focus to offer quality education to children from age two in more areas of the UK. Good quality early years education gives children a head start before they even start school and a good quality early learning environment will make the difference to children and provide the foundations for their learning. At Swindon Academy, the Tree House Nursery, as the nurseries will be known, gives children the opportunity to build on and develop their social, language and physical skills within a well-resourced environment and with the support of familiar key adults. Staff work together with parents/carers to support children into becoming strong, resourceful and independent learners who are well prepared for their later school life and beyond.
Mrs Robinson, Principal of Swindon Academy, said: “We are delighted to be able to extend our already growing nursery provision to include two-year olds at the Beech Avenue site. We already have a nursery for two and three-year olds at out Alton Close site in Penhill, and we are delighted to be able to offer the Pinehurst community the same quality nursery provision. Parents are signing up for places much faster than we imagined and we are really pleased to be able to offer fantastic facilities and qualified and enthusiastic staff so parents feel happy to leave their son or daughter in nursery.”
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