Mrs Pat Evitt (Head of Ascot Nursery) - centre, Ascot Nursery staff members, Debbie Ball Linda Berry Jean Cottey ,  Project Manager from Royal Borough - Helen Young & Alastair Warwick - Ascot Racecourse General ManagerThe Ascot Nursery opened its lovely new play garden, in glorious sunshine, on June 28th. The garden, which features a slide , a play house, trampolines, a vegetable patch and a host of further activities, all set on a safe all -weather, spongy surface, covered with a sun canopy and accessed through a conservatory, has been made possible thanks to the central government free flow play initiative. Early Years Funding - Quality and Access money has been made available, via local authorities, to private nurseries, with the aim of developing outside play for young children. Mrs Pat Evitt , who has run Ascot Nursery for 30 years, said: "This will make such a big difference. Although our children have always played outside, this set -up means that they can go in and out without all the fuss of wellingtons and indoor shoes. "  Alastair Warwick, General Manager and Operations Director at Ascot Racecourse (who are landlords to the nursery), said: "I think this new garden is fantastic. I wish my children had had all this space to play in such a safe environment. This is taking play to the next level ! " Mrs Evitt added that she would like to thank the Racecourse, whose commitment as landlords, made it possible for the Borough to allocate the funding in this way: "The Racecourse are always so supportive," she said, "We have a wonderful relationionship with them." While the children enjoyed the excellent new facilities, the adults  celebrated the occasion with fruit punch and strawberry canapes.

The Ascot Nursery is  located opposite Ascot Racecourse, between Heatherwood Hospital and Station Hill/High St roundabout. 1,Arundel Cottage, High Street, Ascot, SL5 7JJ. Tel 01344 878431


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