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Christmas celebrations round off York Nursery’s 25th year

Posted on 19 December 2014

The University of York’s Campus Nursery and Pre-school had a special Christmas visitor this week, an event that marked the climax of its 25th anniversary celebrations.

Established in 1989, the York Campus Nursery provides care for children from ages three months to five years in a multi-cultural setting. Promoting a happy, secure, caring and stimulating environment, the Nursery is open to all, including university students, staff and members of the public.

Offering a wide range of activities for children, from arts and crafts, music and movement games, to growing fruits and vegetables in the nursery’s own garden, children develop social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills. Open from 8.30am – 6.00pm, children can attend for a morning or afternoon session or for the whole day.

One of the longest established nurseries in York, with many of the staff there for over 20 years, the York Campus Nursery is proud of its reputation in providing high-quality childcare.

Looking after up to 30 children at a time, the nursery has 14 members of staff with a ratio of approximately one adult to six children. The Nursery’s Baby Unit looks after up to nine children aged three months to two years with a ratio of one adult to three babies.

Ruth Mellard, Nursery Manager who has been at the Nursery for 25 years, said: “Many of the Nursery staff have worked here for over 20 years so the team have become a second family.  During our 25 years we have seen hundreds of children through the Nursery from most countries around the world and many have gone on to attend prestigious Universities around the globe.  We hope that many will come to join in our celebratory event in May next year.”

Dr Kate Arnold, Lecturer in the University’s Environment Department whose children attend the nursery, said: “The Campus nursery is fantastic for parents working at the University. It is within a 5 minute walk of my office so I could easily pop in to feed my children when they were babies. The older kids love playing outside in the garden and wildlife area. The staff provide so many stimulating activities to entertain and educate the kids.”

The Nursery’s visit from Father Christmas took place this week, and an anniversary celebration for past pupils and parents is to take place on 8 May 2015, with further details to be confirmed.

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