Rudgwick Pre-School celebrated 50 years of running last month. The setting was set up by three women to give children an early years education and help them make friends for life.
On the day of the occasion, the pre-school was joined by not only children and their parents, but two of the founders – Joan and Rita – as well as local MP, Jeremy Quin, all of whom celebrated in style with cake, face painting and a bouncy castle.
Jeremy Quin said to the West Sussex County Times: “Pre-school years are so important for all children. It was a huge pleasure to congratulate the ‘outstanding’ Rudgwick Pre-School on 50 years of service to the children of Rudgwick and the surrounding area.
“So nice to see current and former pupils and staff and two of the founders all there to help celebrate its continuing success.”
The pre-school is a registered charity and is run by a committee of parents and early years practitioners. The team have faced a lot of difficulties over the years, but have maintained their ethos of giving the children the best start in life.
Claire Brown, the pre-school’s current supervisor, is the daughter of one of the founders. She said: “Our dedicated staff strive to offer our children a great variety of activities, and we have won awards and gained accreditation in areas that include being friendly to the environment (Schools’ Eco Award: Silver), Forest School (Forest Childcare), communication (Communication Friendly Early Years Setting), school gardening (Royal Horticultural Society) and sun safety (Sun Safe Nursery).
“Our team of early years practitioners undergo constant training to support SEN children; to introduce and educate on healthy eating; and to support children through difficult times.”