St Paul’s Nursery in York celebrates 3 awards
York’s oldest kindergarten is celebrating after winning three prestigious awards this year so far and a fourth in progress.
St Paul’s Nursery School in Holgate has so far won the Bronze Award for Rights Respecting Schools, the Renewal of Early Years quality mark and accreditation status from the National Portage Association.
Principal Claire Rigden said: “We are delighted with this recognition, the staff work tirelessly and are motivated by the desire that every child has the best possible start in life. Each award recognizes a commitment to respect children’s rights, to provide a high quality education and to use a specialized approach to working with children with special educational needs.
“Covid-19 has brought many challenges but also opportunities for staff to focus on training and development and we have done our best to make the most of every moment for the benefit of the children. ”
Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, Executive Member of York City Council for Children, Youth and Education, said: “After 18 tough months for early childhood settings, receiving an award would be great news, but winning three. in the space of a few months is a wonderful achievement.
“These various awards from Tribal (quality), Portage (support to SEND) and UNICEF (respect for children’s rights) all recognize the commitment of the nursery team to children’s learning and development. They are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff at St Paul’s Nursery. A big thanks to all of you. ”
Due to many families changing their lives to accommodate working from home etc, we surprisingly have places available from September and are now open to the ‘three crescents’ which means the kids can now start with us at the start of the quarter when they are three years old.
The nursery opened on December 1, 1936 and was donated to the local authority by the Rowntree family.