Southsea nursery marks 30 years with fun-filled days

PARTY Rainbow Corner Nursery in Southsea celebrating its 30th anniversary. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131857-1)
PARTY Rainbow Corner Nursery in Southsea celebrating its 30th anniversary. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131857-1)
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A NURSERY is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a fun-filled week.

Rainbow Corner in Victoria Road North, Southsea, is keeping the children entertained with a sports day, carnival and teddy bear’s picnic.

The celebrations started on Monday and will finish with the older children graduating to infant school.

Nursery owner Lucy Whitehead organised the different days and hired children’s favourite television characters Peppa Pig and Buzz Lightyear.

They will be at the nursery all week so all the children get a chance to see them.

Lucy said: ‘Everyone is having such a good time.

‘The Peppa Pig characters and Buzz Lightyear have been a highlight for the children.

‘But the children and staff are enjoying the different games and the range of things we have been offering them.

‘For the carnival, we had face painting, party food and pin the tail on Peppa Pig.

‘Earlier in the week, we made a cake and smaller cupcakes because it is our birthday so the children have been helping with that too.’

To say goodbye to the older children, the nursery has also set up a graduation.

Lucy added: ‘We’re setting up a graduation afternoon where the older kids will be able to dress up in the full gear.

‘They also get a certificate and photograph of themselves.’

The children were able to make hats for the mad hatters tea party and will be bringing their favourite teddy bears along for the teddy bear picnic.

As well as celebrating the nursery’s 30 years, the week is also to say goodbye to former owner Jacqui Scott.

Having set up the nursery, Jacqui has passed it on to daughter Lucy.

Lucy said: ‘My mum set up the nursery and we lived here when it first started.

‘It has expanded to house 50 children and I was happy to take it over from my mum.

‘It shows we are a family-based nursery.

‘It will be sad to see her go.’