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Friday, 19 August 2016
At a farewell fun-filled afternoon tea party, staff, governors, parents and children at Bolton School Nursery bid an emotional farewell to Claire Thompson, who has been Manager of the School’s Nursery since it opened 18 years ago.
Reflecting on her time at the Nursery, Claire said: “The biggest thrill for me has been seeing the children progress and grow from babies to young adults in the School. It has also been a pleasure to work with an outstanding team, who are both colleagues and friends and with incredibly supportive parents. I am particularly proud to have overseen the growth of this flourishing nursery; when I started there was no furniture, children or staff and now it is well-established as an outstanding setting. When we are inspected, the finding is always that we are ‘outstanding’ with no recommendations for improvement!”
The Nursery opened in 1998 and has proved a very successful venture. Starting with just three children on the first day, the Nursery now has 180 children registered and a perpetual waiting list! Taking up the story of how things have changed over the years, Claire said: “During my tenure, there have been massive changes! I’ve overseen the implementation of five different DfE curriculums and expectations and the amount of paperwork are now a lot higher! I think as a society we have come to learn how important it is to get the foundations right for the early years’ development of children. The impact that these formative years have on children is certainly more in the forefront of the media’s mind and in parents’ expectations.”
Headmistress of the Girls’ Division at Bolton School, Sue Hincks, said: “Claire has been a wonderful Member of the Bolton School community who has played the pivotal role in making the Nursery such a warm, welcoming and enriching setting for both children and their parents. She is professional to her fingertips and we are all grateful for all that she has achieved in the past eighteen years. Everybody wishes Claire all the best in her future career and we are all looking forward to welcoming her successor, Mrs Joanne Hewitt, who will ensure that the Bolton School Nursery remains at the forefront of Early Years education in the borough.”
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