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Little Zoe Bingham may not be two years old yet but until recently she had a new day nursery in the heart of Marlow named after her.
The new Childbase nursery in Victoria Road, was affectionately known as ‘Zoe’s Nursery’ during re-building works because she was the first child enrolled.
Following a private visit to ‘her’ nursery, on the site of the old Red Cross Hall in Marlow, Zoe was greeted by newly-elected deputy Mayor of Marlow, Cllr. Suzanne Brown, and Childbase CEO Mike Thompson when the doors to Victoria House were opened to all children in September.
Mrs. Bingham, a recruitment consultant newly arrived in Marlow, later explained: “Childbase nurseries came highly recommended and following a visit to Mulberry in Maidenhead I was confident that Victoria House would be perfect for Zoe. After two days, she is already bonding with her key worker, Natasha, and clearly enjoying her surroundings. I am very happy,” she said.
Victoria House will be officially opened on October 18th by Lady Redgrave, a local doctor, osteopath, Tawny Owl, and the wife of Olympian rower Sir Steve Redgrave. The opening will also be attended by Marlow Town Mayor, Cllr. Jocelyn Towns.
Victoria House Manager, Karen Vockins, who has worked in the childcare sector for 18 years, said she is looking forward to showing off the new facilities, which can cater for 48 children aged from six weeks to 5 years, to prospective parents and children.
“I have a team of highly trained and motivated staff who are committed to recognising and celebrating each child’s individuality. A confident and secure child will forge friendships and thrive on new experiences so the path to learning and realising their full potential is then established,” said Karen.
A qualified aerobics instructor and a trained singer, Karen said she was looking forward to encouraging the children in her care in these pursuits.
“Singing, acting and exercise are not only fun and instrumental in overcoming shyness and engaging children, they also provide an important basis for learning about, and promoting, a healthy lifestyle,” she said.
Victoria House has three bright and airy, age-appropriate, rooms offering children the opportunity to dream in a fairy wigwam; role play in the home corners with little kitchens and equipment, or enjoy learning at an interactive ‘Smart Board’. Cosy book areas, teddies, dolls and toys fill each room and a tranquil home-like ‘sleep room’ is a perfect haven for the under 2’s at nap-time.
All rooms have access to a large enclosed garden which offers a variety of natural surfaces like grass, pebbles and bark with paths leading through areas of interest. A timber fort with flagpole and ‘outside exploration stations’ for studying mini-beasts and natural ‘finds’ are just some of the attractions, while the herb garden and a vegetable patch enable the children to plant, grow and harvest food providing the basis for ‘lessons’ in conservation and healthy eating. The under 2’s have their own enclosed decked area for safe outside fun.
Solar panels are just one of the environmentally friendly features of the building which will also be powered by green energy, Ecotricity, which makes electricity from the sun and wind.