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Old Station nursery chain opens a nursery on a farm

19-Dec-12
Article By: Sue Learner, News Editor

The Old Station Nursery Ltd is opening a new nursery in Henley-on-Thames, adding to its list of settings across the UK.

Sarah Steel, managing director of Old Station Nursery Group

The group will provide childcare services at what is currently known as Orchard Farm Day Nursery from 2 January.

Once it has been taken over by The Old Station Nursery, the setting will also expand to care for up to 64 children under the age of five as well as offer a holiday clubs for five to 11-year-olds.

The nursery is currently registered for 48 children.

All of the 12 staff and 30 full and part-time children at Orchard Farm Day Nursery are being taken on by The Old Station Nursery.

The manager of the group’s setting at RAF Benson, Julie Crake, will move over to run the new nursery.

Ms Crake said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to help put The Old Station Nursery stamp on to our new Henley setting. It will be very sad to leave my team, the children and the families at Benson, but I am excited about my new venture.

“This is a setting with lots of outdoor space and as it’s on a farm, the children are also able to visit and feed animals such as goats, ponies and rabbits. The countryside setting is the perfect environment for children to learn, grow and play.”

The Old Station Nursery is taking over Orchard Farm Day Nursery after the current owners Nick and Carole Gorvin, who have run the countryside setting for the past eight years, decided to move away from the childcare sector.

The new nursery has dedicated babies’, toddlers’ and pre-schoolers’ rooms and huge open gardens and backs onto a woodland area.

Managing director Sarah Steel said the new setting will be a valued addition to the group, which runs eight other nurseries, an after-school club and a crèche across Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Nottinghamshire.

“Providing high-quality childcare for families is something I feel passionate about and I’m pleased to be able to offer that service now to those living and working in the Henley-on-Thames area,” said Mrs Steel.

“This new setting will be a perfect addition to the group.”

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