On Saturday 6 October, past, present and future pupils came together to celebrate 76 years of the Hungerford Nursery School. Lots of fun (and cake) was had by all ages. There was live music with Nick Newman, Hula Hoops with Roxy Storm, science experiments with Mini Professors, arts and crafts to face painting, musical stories from a member of the Watermill team and a special visit from local firemen and their truck. Visitors included the Mayor of Hungerford Helen Simpson and her Deputy Keith Knight as well as the Bellman, Julian Tubb, representing The Town and Manor. Special thanks are due to two of the governors, Emma Parfitt and Rebecca Hopkins, who did most of the organisation for the event.
We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported us with this and helped to make this day so memorable. The event showcased the fun memories over the years with stories being shared by children, parents, grandparents and teachers. The event also raised the awareness the importance of the nursery and early-years learning.
However, this event was also to create awareness of a potential funding issue. Hungerford, along with all 397 nursery schools across the country, is looking to the Treasury for a guarantee of viable funding from 2020, without which planing and budgeting for the future is impossible. If the proposed funding cuts are applied, maintained nurseries like Hungerford Nursery School will see an average 31% cut in income from 2020. For many, this is likely to be a fatal blow. For more information on this, please click here.
We have asked anyone who has been connected to the nursery in anyway to help us in our quest to secure the funding and nursery for the future generations. To see how you can get involved, please click here.