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New nursery for Ipswich on way

PUBLISHED: 10:40 09 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

CHILDREN at Ipswich's youngest nursery broke new ground when they helped lay the foundations for a new nursery in the town.

"Forget Bob the Builder," says Sam Sims, who is co-director with Hilary Smith at the Willow Park Montessori Nursery at the AXA Sports and Social Club in Tuddenham Road.

CHILDREN at Ipswich's youngest nursery broke new ground when they helped lay the foundations for a new nursery in the town.

"Forget Bob the Builder," says Sam Sims, who is co-director with Hilary Smith at the Willow Park Montessori Nursery at the AXA Sports and Social Club in Tuddenham Road.

"Our children are involved from the very beginning in the development of their nursery. This is very much in line with the Montessori ethos which encourages them to be stimulated by what's happening around them and to absorb information at their own pace."

When the classrooms swing into place it will be the fulfilment of a longstanding dream for Sam.

"Ever since I trained as a nursery nurse I have wanted to run my own nursery," she said. "While working at Montessori nurseries I took my pre-primary and primary diplomas from the London Montessori Centre, and last July I teamed up with Hilary, a trained nurse. My two children, aged six and two-and-a-half, will be joining me in the nursery and after-school club at Willow Park."

The nursery is due to open on January 21 and will offer 32 places for children from 18 months to five years, and 12 places in the after-school club. There will also be holiday playschemes for children from four to eight-years-old.

Anyone interested in taking up a place for their child can contact Sam Sims on 01473 743668.


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