Blois Meadow Day Nursery used its first birthday celebrations to also raise funds for a good cause – in their pyjamas.
One year ago the nursery in Steeple Bumpstead was in decline until local teacher Alison Midgley and her husband Ross took it over.
Just eight months later, Blois Meadow received an ‘outstanding’ grade from Ofsted in an unannounced inspection.
Alison and Ross, who have many years’ experience of running high quality nurseries, decided to combine their birthday celebrations with an event to raise money for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).
Read for RNIB Day aims to raise funds to open up the world of reading to visually impaired children. The nursery raised more than £100.
“The children didn’t actually sleep over,” explained Alison, “But we asked parents to bring them to nursery in pyjamas and to make a donation to RNIB.
“As well as all the normal nursery activities, there were ‘bedtime’ stories and a party with games and birthday cake.
“The money we raise will be sent to RNIB to fund large print and talking books and reading clubs.”