Bidding farewell to Colleen at Cedar Park Day Nursery
After 12 years of service and at the age of 86 years old, colleagues from Cedar Park Day Nursery in Twyford were deeply saddened to bid farewell to beloved Nursery Practitioner, Colleen Kirk, as she embarked on her well-deserved retirement.
Having previously enjoyed careers in both nursing and hairdressing, Colleen has been an integral part of life at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bridge Farm Road for over a decade, where she has helped to positively shape the lives of hundreds of children, as well as others less fortunate by carrying out her very own charity fundraising initiatives, such as giving up treasured items for Lent.
As part of the socially-distanced celebrations, colleagues from the setting presented Colleen with parting gifts at her doorstep, including handmade cards from the children, a video message from the entire team, a potted jasmine plant named ‘the flower of memories’ to commemorate the gardening that Colleen and her late husband Trevor would do at the nursery and a silver oak leaf broach which the team felt signified her nurturing both the children and plants to success at Cedar Park.
Cedar Park Day Nursery Manager, Emma Kemp explained;
“Colleen has been an amazing asset to the Cedar Park family and the children will all terribly miss seeing her smiling face as they arrive for breakfast in the morning, as will we. We have so much to thank Colleen for, as well as her late husband Trevor, who was responsible for the beautiful plants that have adorned the front porch for over a decade. She is truly an inspiration and things won’t be the same without her, but we understand that it’s time to take a well-earned rest.”