King's St Alban's

15 November

King’s Nursery Official Launch

On Thursday we celebrated the official opening of our new, purpose-built nursery.  The opening of the nursery marked 10 years since that of the King’s Pre-Prep building and expands the Early Year’s offering at the school to include pre-school children aged 2 to 4 years.

The ribbon was cut by William Butler from Worcester Warriors who delighted some of our pupils by chatting to them about his rugby career. There were some brilliant questions put forward to William during the Q&A sessions. Our Pre-Prep pupils were keen to find out how muddy Will got whilst playing,, whether he was left or right handed (he’s left handed), whether he lived in a mansion, what car he drove and whether he had a wife.

William said, “It’s been so inspiring spending time with the next generation, they had some fascinating questions and kept me on my toes with the Q&A sessions. It’s be lovely to be part of the official opening too. The little ones are so lucky to have such a wonderful space to explore, both inside and outside.”

The Nursery, which has been operational since the start of September, has recently been transformed by the acquisition of a neighbouring house and subsequent expansion of its outdoor learning area.  With two large classrooms, a large outside play area for children to explore and enjoy, and use the Pre-Prep library and Forest School, opportunities for play and learning abound in the nursery.

Mrs Ling, who has a daughter in the nursery as well as older children in the Junior School said, “My daughter started in September and has settled in really well. She loves it there and enjoys every session. All of the staff are brilliant too.”

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Head, Richard Chapman, congratulated the school and staff on the facility and the contribution it is making in providing first-class nursery provision.  Mr Chapman added, “It’s been a long journey to get here, but we are delighted to be up and running and now offering full year-round nursery provision. We researched carefully what parents wanted from a nursery and considered facilities, timings and ethos. We are extremely grateful to all those who have supported the plans and helped make this happen.”

Sarah Pugh, the Nursery Manager, said “Parents can use childcare vouchers and, with the choice of either full-time or term-time care, can tailor the nursery provision to their needs.  Children can join us from 7.45am to 6.00pm and can enjoy the extensive indoor and outdoor facilities, which include a Forest School, a stunning multi-purpose hall, a spacious outdoor garden/learning area and a charming Early Years library.”