Children’s Illustrator, David Roberts, Opens New Nursery at Cumnor House Sussex

Children’s Illustrator, David Roberts, Opens New Nursery at Cumnor House Sussex

Pupils at Cumnor House Sussex were very excited to welcome the renowned Children’s Illustrator and Author, David Roberts, to the opening of their school’s brand new Nursery facility.

After cutting the ribbon, with the help of the Nursery children, and declaring the building ‘officially open’, David sat down to read them all his much-loved children’s story Dirty Bertie, which he both wrote and illustrated, and Julia Donaldson’s Jack and the Flumflum Tree, which he illustrated.

“It was lovely to have such an animated audience at a very young age,” David commented. “It was evident that the children were very familiar with my Dirty Bertie and Julia’s Flumflum Tree stories.  They laughed in all the right places and had lots of question to ask me about Bertie!  It was a lovely way to celebrate the opening of their beautiful new Nursery – they certainly are very lucky children.”

Following his story telling session, David distributed sheets of paper to the children and showed them how to go about drawing Bertie, before helping with the planting of Cumnor’s very own ‘Flumflum’ tree in the play area immediately outside the Nursery. He then shared freshly-baked Flumflum cake and juice with the children. Before heading back home to London, he had a special surprise in store for the children when he drew a picture of Bertie on one of the Nursery’s interior walls as a lasting reminder of his visit to Cumnor House Sussex.

“We are very excited about the opening of our new dedicated Nursery building,” commented Nursery Manager, Emily Tier.  “It really has been designed with children in mind – being light and airy and a truly wonderful space for young children to learn and play. From September 2017 we will be offering wraparound care and the Nursery will be open for 50 weeks of the year from 7am to 7pm – so everyone within our local community and beyond will have access throughout the year to a fabulous facility for Nursery-aged children.”

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Photo by Lucy Nolan. Official Nursery Opening –  The Nursery children help cut the ribbon at the official opening of the new Nursery at Cumnor House Sussex – with from right to left, Christian Heinrich, Headmaster; David Roberts, Children’s Illustrator and Author; Nigel Welby, Governor; Genevieve Paterson, Nursery staff; Nicky Forcier, Nursery staff; Belinda Heinrich, Headmaster’s wife; Jacqui Freeman, Head of Pre-Prep & Nursery and Sarah Snell, Head of Pre-Prep & Nursery.