A SOUTH Tyneside MP swapped Parliament for playtime after dropping in for a visit at Boldon Nursery School.
Labour politician Stephen Hepburn, whose Jarrow ward takes in Boldon, spent a morning with staff and little learners at the nursery, based in Reginald Street, Boldon Colliery.
Mr Hepburn’s stay wasn’t simply confined to the classroom – as he saw firsthand how the nursery is using the great outdoors to boost learning.
Modern facilities at the Nursery – which has 94 children aged between three and four currently enrolled – include a miniature Souter Lighthouse and custom-made beach, as well as a fire pit, willow tunnel, mud kitchen, potting shed and allotment,
The outdoor provision has been praised by Ofsted, which judged the nursery to be outstanding when it last visited in November 2011.
Stephen Hepburn MP said:“I was delighted to visit Boldon Nursery School, a wonderful local learning facility for young children.
“Boldon Outdoor Nursery School is the North East’s First Outdoor Nursery where the children spend up to the majority of their time in all weathers, throughout the year.
“I had a wonderful day and I can’t thank Sue, her staff and the children enough for making me so welcome.”