Godstone Farm’s new day nursery and pre-school has been officially opened by the Member of Parliament for East Surrey, Claire Coutinho. The new team of expert staff and excited children enjoyed a special ribbon-cutting ceremony undertaken by Ms Coutinho, joined by Godstone Farm mascot, ‘Wiglet the Piglet’ and the original founder of Godstone Farm, 82-year-old grandmother of nine, Jackie Flaherty.
The new purpose-built nursery is set within the grounds of the popular family farm and enjoys access to the 45 acres of verdant Surrey Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With places for children ranging from 6 weeks to 5 years, the nursery offers a distinctive natural ethos, focused on child-led play with free flow access to a large garden and regular visits to the farm to see the animals.
Lucy Nicholson, Nursery Manager at Godstone Farm Nursery & Pre-School comments: “Today was a real highlight for both the team and the children at the nursery, to celebrate the official opening. Many of the children were especially excited to meet Wiglet!
So far, we’ve experienced strong demand from parents wishing to ensure their little ones are nurtured in a natural setting, with plenty of fresh air and wholesome fun. Inside, the nursery we have a stimulating range of equipment and a variety of activities which encourage independence, self-motivation and eagerness to learn. This is complemented by our nature-centred ethos running through everything we do.”
Nicola Henderson, CEO of Godstone Farm comments: “We are delighted to mark the official opening of the new nursery here on the farm. It’s been over a year in planning, working closely with the award-wining farm-based nursery group, Kids Play childcare. We’re especially pleased that not only has our local MP been so supportive of our efforts to expand the farm’s offering, but also that our founder, Jackie Flaherty was here today. For over forty years, Jackie has been at the helm of Godstone Farm, seeing generations of her own family and millions of other children thrive from a day spent on the farm.”
Jackie Flaherty added: “I know that many parents appreciate more than ever the importance of fantastic childcare provision and the benefits of a warm, bright and dynamic early years setting. It’s a joy to see the farm evolve into both a family attraction, as well as a place for children to learn and grow.”
Claire Coutinho MP commented: It’s a real delight to see the children settling into Godstone Farm’s new nursery. Jackie and the team have created a wonderful world for them to grow up immersed in nature.
Open day tours of the nursery are now being offered for prospective parents. The next open day is Saturday 2nd October. To find out more and register an interest in the new day nursery, please visit www.godstonefarmdaynursery.co.uk