St Marys Nursery Tour
Our PCC went to visit the new st marys nursery in Watchetts recreational ground to see first hand how the journey that was started three years ago has come to fruition. With the amazing generosity of local charities, organisations and local council this incredible cedar wood building, standing on the site of the old bowling green is finally open and ready to help pre school children start of their journey of education. On many occasions we put our trust in God and this was one of those special days when we could clearly see how many people had done just that.
The PCC make their way into Watchetts recreational ground on a wet Saturday afternoon.
On arrival we were let in through the secure gate to view the grounds and superb cedar building.
Inside we were met with friendly smiles and welcomed into the warmth of the nursery.
Our Vicar, Andrew, talked us through the journey and what the new nursery means for our community.
Andrew explains how the funding came together and if we put our trust in God then miracles can and do happen.
Sue Gauntlett (the nursery manager) tells us about how all pre-school children are catered for.
Sue explains about the different areas and how the methods of teaching provide the help, support and guidance to ready the children for school.
Our PCC were really pleased to hear that encouragement and help for all walks of life were part of the nursery vision.
On occasion our PCC needed bringing back down to earth after getting carried away with all the excitement. Luckily all nursery building bricks are made of super soft foam!
Louise Oliver (nursery deputy manager) talks us through the SEND room, a special sensory room that provide stimulation to those requiring specialist support.
Sue explains how the children are given the opportunity to learn the basics with a low level wash trough for the cleaning of pots and paint brushes, which they are encouraged to do after a hard days painting!
Even the soft cuddly animals are encouraged to spread their love and joy to the children.
Some of the nursery animals looked tired after their long journeys from afar but were really pleased to be part of the learning experience and can’t wait to get to know the little ones.
Everything has been thought about to make the best use of space. Even the kitchen is open plan to enable visibility of everyone at all times.
After the tour inside it was time to venture out and check the grounds. The nursery stands on the site of the old bowling green and has a huge amount of secure outside area.
Louise explains that during the warmer months most of the learning will encompass some really special story telling making the most of the outside areas.
Emotions were running high with our PCC after hearing how the journey over the last three years has finally come to fruition.