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Kate Greenaway nursery celebrates 50 years

March 15, 2010

The grown-ups pose for a picture with the Gruffalo and some of the children. Headteacher Julian Grenier is pictured, right.

Kate Greenway nursery school and children’s centre – in the very heart our ward – celebrated its 50th anniversary at the weekend. There was a lovely day of fun and learning in which over 300 families participated.

The centre has been a pioneering nursery in Islington located amidst the Council’s housing estates at Treaty Street and Tiber Gardens. Its inspiring headteacher over the past 7 years has been Julian Grenier who will be departing the school at the end of next term. Under his leadership the school has achieved an outstanding recognition by Ofsted.

On Saturday, youngsters enjoyed meeting popular children’s book character The Gruffalo, listening to African storytelling, joining in with singing sessions, having their faces painted and watching puppet shows along with a host of other activities.

Julian said “Kate Greenaway’s 50th birthday party was a huge success. Working with Lewis Carroll Library, local primary schools and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Secondary School, we had a week-long celebration of children’s literature in honour of Kate Greenaway. Fifty years of early years education really is something for the nursery school to celebrate – and now we are a children’s centre too. With the huge range of services on offer here for children and families, we are well set for the next half century.”

Councillor Paul Convery attended Saturday’s opening and said “this is a superb nursery school that reflects a commitment in this Borough over several decades to achieve the best start in life for youngsters in this area. Everyone is very proud of Kate Greenaway and congratulates Julian, the governors and staff on achieving so much for these children”.

Kate Greenway has received two Ofsted reports which have judged the nursery school and children’s centre to be “outstanding”. The most recent inspection found that “high quality resources are well selected and used by the staff” who were judged by Ofsted to be “knowledgeable and well trained.” The Ofsted report prasied several aspects of best practice, in particular, children and babies that attend the centre progress exceptionally well and benefit from the outdoor environment, which the Ofsted report describes as ‘wonderful’.

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