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Manor House School is reviving a tradition by making its award-winning nursery co-educational again and welcoming boys from January 2017.
Earlier this year, the Manor House Nursery was named one of the Top 10 in the South East – one of only two in Surrey to gain this accolade.
Now the selective independent all-girls school in Bookham will turn the clock back by making nursery places available to boys again.
Manor House will be showcasing its facilities, teaching and outdoor learning with a nursery and reception open morning at 9.30am on Thursday 24 November.
New Headteacher Tracey Fantham said: “Manor House School will remain an all-girls school and retain the unique environment that makes it so special. But so many parents have asked if our nursery could start accepting boys again – so we are happy to accommodate them.
“This may seem unusual for an all-girls school but it revives an old Manor House tradition. Our nursery used to be co-educational in the past.”
The School’s ‘Music and Movement’ Toddler Group on Thursday mornings at 9.30am is currently enjoyed by both boys and girls, as is its ‘Stay and Play’ facility on Monday afternoons from 1.30-3.00pm.
Manor House Nursery traces its origins back to the Spinney Nursery School which was at Merrylands Farm. It moved to join Manor House School in the mid 1980s.
The nursery operated as a self contained unit and took boys from three years old until the late 1990s when it became an all-girls setting.
Last March, Manor House Nursery was named in the Daynurseries.co.uk South East Top 10 for its nurturing, caring and stimulating learning environment.
Manor House has been building on its nursery’s excellent reputation by reviewing other pre-school settings in the area.
It is simplifying its nursery fee structure (allowing the option for a morning, day or extended day) and also amending its opening hours, enabling parents to use the facility from 8am.