After 30 years looking after generations of children at the Ofsted-rated Outstanding Lavenders Day Nursery in Bedford, Margaret Sanders says retirement isn’t an option as she would be leaving her heart behind.
In a surprise tribute to the former Deputy Manager of Lavenders in Bushmead Avenue, balloons, and photographs of her career to date adorned the nursery when Margaret arrived for work on the anniversary of her first day.
“I was overwhelmed and will never forget this special day. I love my job and Lavenders is a second home. I can’t imagine being anywhere else – my heart is here and always will be,” said Margaret.
Lavenders Manager, Dizzie Newberry, praised Margaret for her dedicated service to all children.
“Her passion and commitment to excellence in Early Years is evident in her work every single day in nursery. The children love her and parents were afraid that the anniversary celebrations would trigger her retirement,” she said.
Starting at Lavenders after gaining a college Diploma in Childcare and Education (formerly NNEB), Margaret has continued Early Years Care and education training throughout her career and has found her real home in the Preschool Room.
“This is without doubt my favourite posting. To say it is rewarding is an understatement when you are witness to enormous strides forward being achieved by children in their last year at nursery,” said Margaret.
“To see a child who couldn’t hold a pencil on their first day in Preschool writing their names before leaving for school is very emotional. I am also teaching the children of children I taught years ago and that is very special,” said Margaret who is mother to another graduate of the nursery, her 21-year-old daughter.
Lavenders Day Nursery is part of the award-winning, employee owned Childbase Partnership which will celebrate Margaret at a Long Service Dinner in November.
We prioritise the importance of outdoor play at Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard. All children at our Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery have access to our large, natural garden area on a daily basis as we recognise the impact that being outdoors has on a child’s social, emotional and physical development. The children enjoy planting vegetables and tasting their produce, served by our dedicated Nursery Chef.
Cedars Day Nursery, Mentmore Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PA
Tel: 01525 850200