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There was a touch of animal magic when a children’s nursery in Islington celebrated its new look and new name with special guests.
The former Places for Children nursery, which relaunched as The Co-operative Childcare, welcomed snakes, spiders, hamsters and baby chicks from the Impeyan Zoo for a fun and interactive learning session.
And the fun didn’t stop there. The children, who were dressed as characters from their favourite story books, also enjoyed an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatters themed tea party where they donned their own mad hat creations before tucking into fresh fruit, sandwiches and fairy cakes they had carefully decorated themselves.
Nursery Manager Selen Suleyman, said: “The children had a great day and looked fantastic in their outfits. They particularly enjoyed meeting all the animals and creepy crawlies and they loved being able to hold them and see them up close. They were very gentle and caring with all the creatures which was lovely to see.”
The nursery, which is part of The Midcounties Co-operative, was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Chief Executive Ben Reid and Deputy Mayor of Islington Councillor Barry Edwards. Some £118,000 has been invested in the nursery in Galway Street, Islington to freshen it up, improve the outdoor space and to provide new play and educational equipment. It became part of The Co-operative Childcare after The Midcounties Co-operative acquired eight Places for Children nurseries.
Selen added: “We are a community nursery committed to meeting the needs of local families for early years care and learning delivered by a trusted provider.”
The Co-operative Childcare is a leading national ethical childcare provider which operates 49 nurseries and two after school clubs around the country, delivering early years care and learning in a safe and stimulating environment. The nurseries have strong connections to the local communities and all are encouraged to get involved with local groups.