Childcare centres across Havant, Waterlooville and Fareham celebrate 20 years since opening their doors

A VIRTUAL cake-cutting ceremony brought together childcare centres across the area to mark a 20-year anniversary.

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 12:06 pm
Growing Places is celebrating 20 years of Community Childcare Centres. Pictured: Jackie Warren, director of Growing Places, cutting the birthday cake

Celebrations were held via Zoom to mark two decades since not-for-profit childcare provider Growing Places opened its doors for the first time.

Chief executive Jackie Warren gave a speech to all of the settings across Waterlooville, Havant and Fareham and then cut a colourful birthday cake.

Jackie said: ‘Who knew when we put this nursery together on a shoestring 20 years ago that we would grow to the size we are now!

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Jackie Warren, director of Growing Places, hosting a Zoom celebration for the childcare settings

‘We are so thankful and excited for the future, and feel we have a major responsibility to develop this world and our children for a brighter future, and that's what we intend to do here at Growing Places - with fun at the centre of everything we do, nothing without joy!’

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Together with fellow founders Dulcie Warren, Emma Jervis and Jo Watts, Jackie set up Growing Places as a company umbrella 20 years ago to maintain the initial vision set up in Staunton Park Day Nursery to be a ‘family’.

The aim was to support all in the community, no matter what their background or income and to offer flexibility for all to access and work together, recognising that not all families have extended family or support.

Dulcie and Emma ensured that creativity was always at the heart of their learning culture and Jo and Jackie set up the standards, procedures and the business to ensure sustainability and meet legislative requirements.

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