Staff and students at a South Tyneside nursery are enjoying a double celebration.
The generous families and community at Ashfield Day Nursery are delighted to have raised more than £2,000 for charity, as well as being praised by school bosses, Ofsted.
The South Shields nursery held a huge fun day to raise cash for The Sick Children’s Trust as a thank you for the help they gave one of their students, Sophie Maxwell, and her family.
Three-year-old Sophie underwent a heart transplant shortly before Christmas and her family were able to stay close to her side in Scott House, which is accommodation for families next to the Freeman Hospital.
The accommodation is funded by The Sick Children’s Trust and staff, students and families wanted to support the vital work.
Karen Mattocks-Powell, manager at the Stanhope Road nursery, said they were delighted with the total amount they raised of £2,387.81.
We will continue to work hand in hand with the early years team to ensure the best childcare is providedKaren Mattocks-Powell
She said: “The day was a great success.
“It was so busy, when you looked up there was just a sea of faces.”
A group of people from the nursery went along to Scott House to present them with the majority of the money.
She said: “We had late sponsor money brought in of £249.00, which was donated to Sophie to contribute towards her wish of attending her Princess Day at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Boutique in Harrods, London.”
This successful fund-raiser followed a good Ofsted report in which the education watchdog praised the staff, saying there was a strong staff team which the management should be proud of.
They said they were impressed with the baby room and that leadership and management is strong.
Karen said: “We are all delighted of how the inspection went and the report we received from Ofsted and we will continue to work hand in hand with the early years team to ensure the best childcare is provided.
The report said the environment is welcoming and well maintained and staff are particularly well trained to meet the needs of babies.
They said: “Staff take time to get to know parents. Parents value the opportunities they have to talk with staff daily and agree how to best support their child’s progress.
“Staff work with other professionals and adapt their teaching to support children at risk of falling behind to catch up.”