A NURSERY in Fratton was joined by Pompey stalwart, Linvoy Primus to mark its grand opening.
The Noah’s Ark Nursery in Brookfield Road was opened as part of a partnership between the Salvation Army and Early Years.
It was opened by ex-Pompey star Linvoy with families also joining the crowd. The nursery is supported by the Salvation Army in Albert Road, Southsea.
It will provide day care for children from three months up to school and manager, Margaret Bishop, thinks it is much needed.
She said: ‘We decided to start up a nursery after some discussion with Early Years.
‘We found a lack of nurseries for children who were aged two, so I think families in the area will be glad somewhere else is available.
‘We have already had some interest and I’m pleased with the way the opening went which should boost more business.
‘Linvoy was great with the children and spent a lot of time playing with them.
‘The families have been really responsive and we’re hoping to have a parents’ evening soon to explain to others about what we do.’
The nursery will be separate from the Salvation Army in Southsea but the two will cross over from time to time.
The children will be encouraged to take part in activities like Carols at the Kings with other schools in the surrounding area.
Mrs Bishop added that parents are aware of the Salvation Army connection but do not seem affected by the association.
She said: ‘The nursery and the Salvation Army centre in Southsea will be two different entities but there will be occasions when they will be incorporated.
‘The parents don’t seem to mind because they know their children will still be getting good, quality child care.’