Yorley Barn nursery in Little Cornard celebrates tenth anniversary
A business owner has hailed the achievements of a nursery as the facility marked its 10th anniversary this week.
Yorley Barn nursery opened in 2009 after owner Donna Page discovered the site in Little Cornard.
“The moment I saw it, I knew it would be a magical place for children,” said the mother-of-two.
Located on a working farm surrounded by woodland, the site provides a stimulating setting for youngsters to learn.
“Being in an outside environment gives them more scope,” explained Mrs Page, who hailed the benefits of the unique setting.
“You don’t need to be in a classroom to do maths or art. It’s going back to basics, which children should be encouraged to do.”
Nature-inspired activities include mud painting on trees or searching for bugs in the nearby woodland.
Since the facility opened, it has received three Ofsted inspections, with the last two assessments rating the nursery as outstanding.
“I was absolutely thrilled that our hard work and dedication had paid off,” said Mrs Page, who recalled being concerned when she first took on the facility a decade ago that the location would be deemed too far for parents and carers to travel from Sudbury.
The working farm is home to a range of animals, including ducks, geese and chickens, which provide fresh eggs for breakfast.
Children are encouraged to take an active role in growing their own vegetables on site, which are then incorporated into a range of healthy dishes.
The nursery currently teaches 36 children each day, having taught nine youngsters a week in its first year.
Mrs Page has had plenty of reasons to celebrate of late, having marked her 50th birthday by getting married last month.