09 Jan 2008,
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Nursery at centre
Feltham Hill Children's Centre in the London Borough of Hounslow ispreparing to open its new 35-place nursery on Monday 14 January, to berun by the Middlesex-based chain Once Upon a Time Day Nurseries. Areamanager Lorna Hackland-Crowther said, 'We are delighted to be able towork closely with Hounslow Borough Council to create this excitingopportunity that will bring great benefits, not just for our childrenbut to the wider community as a whole.'
Building work on a 150,000 extension to Kingswood Children'sCentre in Corby, Northamptonshire, is due to be finished at the end ofFebruary. Kingswood councillor John McGhee said, 'We are hoping toattract families from other areas and provide more services that theyneed and want. I'd like to thank the parents and staff for beingfantastic and working extremely hard.'
PEOPLE AND PLACES
Bag wins a flag
Alvechurch and Bordesley Nursery School in the West Midlands is thelatest nursery to receive an Eco Schools Green Flag award. Nurseryleader Irene Whittaker said, 'The environment is so important and whathas been achieved is quite spectacular. The children reduced a week'swaste from a huge black bin bag to a small bread loaf bag. If you havean enthusiastic staff team and parents, it's easy to do.'
New year honour
Sheila Vizard has been honoured with an MBE in the Queen's New YearHonours list for services to children and families. Ms Vizard has workedin childcare for more than 30 years, most recently as the head of SouthActon Children's Centre in Ealing, London, until she retired lastsummer. The centre's new head, Sue Wadhams said, 'Everyone here isabsolutely delighted for Sheila, and we know that she's delighted too.She's seen this place developing from a nursery school into thechildren's centre.'
Baby friendly feeding
Pinehurst and Penhill's Sure Start Children's Centre in Swindon has wona Baby Friendly Award from UNICEF for its work to promote breastfeeding.The centre, run by Swindon Primary Care Trust, was the first south-westchildren's centre to receive an award for best practice. Manager LizEvans said, 'The award was a result of two years of hard work andcommitment by the whole team, led by our midwife Tina Korhonen.'
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
A six-foot cuddly toy penguin arrived at Little Acorns Day Nursery inBoston, Lincolnshire, after staff responded to a plea on the local radiostation Lincs FM to give him a new home. The penguin had been used in asupermarket to promote the film 'Happy Feet', but now enjoys toweringover its human playmates.