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Mayor celebrates new era at Winchester day nursery


The new Mayor of Winchester went back to her ‘roots’ on Saturday for a garden party celebrating the end of a six month building and refurbishment project at Maples Day Nursery.

The former day nursery owner and 816th Mayor of Winchester, Cllr. Angela Clear, joined children, parents and friends of Maples, in Hatherley Road, for fun activities in the new playrooms and garden, which features a fort.

“I am particularly delighted to see the imaginative use of garden space which encourages the children into the fresh air all year round and whatever the weather. Quite apart from the health benefits, I believe imaginative play outside is fundamental to a child’s learning and the development of their communication and planning skills,” she said praising staff, who are employee owners, for their dedication.

The Mayor ceremoniously cut a ribbon covering a commemorative framed picture, made by the preschool room and featuring the nursery name, and was introduced to the nursery’s seven chicks hatched by the children from eggs.

Admiring the large, bright and imaginative age-appropriate playrooms with state of the art toys and learning equipment, the Mayoress said that while much had changed in the early years sector some things remained the same.

“Learning through play and having fun is still essential and I can see that children are not only learning but having a great deal of fun in this impressive nursery,” she said.

Outside, the Mayoress toured special interest areas for bug-hunting, mud pie making and with the help of some new young friends ‘defended’ the new Maples Fort.

Maples Area Manager, Faye Walker, said her dedicated staff team were delighted with the new facilities and the opportunities created for the children in their care.

“We are continually looking at ways to improve the opportunities available to our children and looking forward to a new and exciting era at Maples.

“The emphasis is always on fun and learning through play whether it is at the very latest interactive smart board or at our growing beds where children can pick up ideas in maths, science and environmental messages as they plant, tend and harvest flowers and herbs,” she said.

“I am particularly delighted with the new and separate preschool suite which will enable us to do more in incorporating the required independence skills for each school into nursery activities and welcome future educators to meet and spend time with children before they graduate.”

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