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David Lloyd Centre
Bushey Road, Raynes Park, SW20 8TE
3 months to 5 years
A new state-of-the-art pre-school and day nursery offering quality childcare in Raynes Park for children under 5.
Asquith Day Nurseries & Pre-Schools provide children with outstanding opportunities through:
•beautifully-designed, bright and engaging rooms
•incredible technology for the early years, supporting numeracy and literacy
•specially-made Community Playthings furniture and resources
•a stunning adventure garden
To find out more or to register your interest, call us on 01753 20 11 22 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I was invited along to the now open (officially on Mon. 20th April), state-of-the-art Asquith Raynes Park Pre-School & Day Nursery (handily situated adjacent to the David Lloyd Leisure Centre) and some five-ten minutes' walk from nearby Raynes Park, New Malden and Wimbledon Chase Stations (and several local bus routes passing by).
I was kindly shown around by Sarah Hayward (Nursery Manager) and Lorraine Tolley (who heads up Asquith Day Nurseries Field Marketing Team). Sarah, a Merton mummy herself, has some twenty years of nursery provision experience, both as a practitioner and in management roles. She comes to this role from the neighbouring borough of Kingston. She has recruited and heads a team of experienced, qualified nursery nurses (and some in training, who are supernumerary) and a qualified teacher (for the three – five year olds). All staff are all new to this setting, making the journey as a team together.
The newly refurbished, bright, airy Nursery (with an excellently equipped, safety-surfaced, code-gated garden) offers childcare and pre-school education (between 7am – 7pm), for up to 44 local children on a Monday-Friday daily basis (including up to 12 infants in the 0-2 age-group).
Raynes Park Pre-School & Day Nursery caters for babies up to five year olds, across three age-group appropriate rooms. All are key-coded (parents are only allowed into the areas where their children are looked after) and monitored by CCTV (with audio) from the manager's office (which can also be used by parents to see their little ones being settled into the nursery environment, as required). All three rooms are furnished with an ‘Asquith screen', used to display montage, rotating footage of the children going about their nursery days, for the benefit of their parents at pick-up time. The three rooms are fitted out age-appropriately with Community Playthings furnishings and resources, again unique to Asquith Nurseries (so no sharp corners or metal to be seen here!), along Lilliputian lines (from a grown-up's perspective), to suit even the littlest children.
The children and staff will all benefit from their proximity to the David Lloyd Leisure Centre Raynes Park, with activities to be planned for the former and the latter generously provided with weekday gym passes. Meals, freshly prepared on the premises, are served on a four weekly rotation and the week's menu is displayed at the entrance.
Parents are offered a maximum of five days childcare provision, with three consecutive days being required when booking Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. 10% sibling and 12% NHS staff discounts are available to parents.
What struck me as I left was the passion that all the staff I met seemed to show for their work and this new beginning for Raynes Park Pre-School & Day Nursery. Sarah's comfortable office is centrally positioned so that she is at the heart of nursery life, easily accessible to colleagues, children and parents alike – just as it should be.
If you've missed this week's Open Evenings, please phone 01753 20 11 22 to book a visit to Raynes Park Pre-School & Day Nursery, or why not attend the 16th May Showcase Celebration Day (which will provide you with an opportunity to meet staff and parents of children already attending the Nursery).
Please note that this represents my personal view based on a recent visit. The review rating is based on what I felt and saw of staff and facilities on the day. There were neither parents nor children present (as the Nursery was not officially open) so I didn't see it 'in action' nor could rate differently.
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