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Bright Horizons Guildford Nursery and Preschool, which is run in partnership with the University of Surrey, held an official opening last Thursday following an expansion of its premises.
The opening comes as a result of an investment by the university, which sees the preschool increase to 32 spaces following a high demand for childcare at the setting, which provides both full and part time childcare for staff and students.
The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Nigel Manning, was on-hand to cut the ribbon and officially open the new, spacious addition to the building alongside university mascot Steve the Stag.
“I have never seen so much learning going on within a nursery before, especially how much depth goes into science and maths,” the Mayor said.
Children and parents also got the opportunity to meet the Steve the Stag and present a card to the Mayor. Representatives from the university and Bright Horizons, who operate the nursery, were also in attendance.
“Bright Horizons is delighted that The University of Surrey has decided to invest in an expansion that will allow us to deliver exceptional care and education to more families on site,” said Nicola Collins, Divisional Client Operations Director at Bright Horizons. “We now continue with our purpose to provide a rich and enabling environment for children to pursue a lifelong love of learning.”
James Newby, Director of Traded Services and Business Support at the University of Surrey, said, “Our workplace nursery is a valuable facility for our staff and students so the choice of partner to deliver the service is hugely important to us. We are delighted with the new expanded nursery and pleased to be continuing our partnership with Bright Horizons.
“They have worked closely with us throughout this development to ensure that members of our community help shape the new service and then enjoy access to high quality learning, development and care for their children located at their own workplace. The expanded nursery will make a real difference for us.”
The celebrations continued back in the nursery rooms with a tea party and celebratory cake.