We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a very relaxed OPEN DAY on Friday 14th November for parents (children welcome) to come and have a look at what we have been busy setting up! It will also be a great chance for you to meet our nursery manager Gaynor Dicks and ask any questions you may have about the setting and see how we plan to use the farm and location to employ our ethos to the full.

Call in to Grassroots Nursery, Mill View Farm, Hargrave NN9 6BE anytime between 11am and 7pm on Friday 14th Nov and we look forward to meeting you.

A full list of session times and fees are now on the website (session/fees tab at the top of the site) together with a booking form for those of you who would like to secure a place. General enquiries regarding available sessions can be sent via the 'Contact Us' Booking enquiry.


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'Jolly Jinet' a lovely small mirror dinghy in red, white and blue was collected today and bought back to the farm so she can be installed in our nursery garden!

Imagine the voyages we will be able to have when we are not out on the farm... or the pirate adventures? Its all getting quite exciting even for us adults!

In fact it has been plain sailing for the last few weeks, with dry weather the builders have been able to progress at a good rate of knots. Inside the nuresry now has beautifully clean plastered walls and is awaiting its first coat of paint, whilst the new extension area now features a welcoming entrance area and good sized kitchen. Decisions are being made as to the colour scheme of the flooring, children's toilet area and accessories, and our new manager is busily putting together the finer details of policies, fees, session times and menus.

Whilst we still cannot advertise an opening date, we do promise to keep you posted and will be creating a comprehensive brochure to whet the appetite!

Enough of the pirate/sailing/water puns... and back to work me hearties!

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As the dry, good weather continues, as does the steady progress of building and harvest at Mill View Farm.

At first light this morning, Grassroots nursery looked much the same from the outside as it has done for the past two weeks, but within a matter of hours, roof tiles have been laid and the building has taken on a much more complete appearance. To the front of the building the parking area has been cleared and foundations have been dug for the extension, which will really alter the character of the setting when it is topped with its natural sedum roof. This new addition will house a welcoming entrance and fully equipped kitchen.

It must be said that considerable change has also taken place inside where there are now defined spaces for the different age groups, together with a managers office, toilet block and doorways to create the free-flow play areas into the garden. Work on the plumbing and electrics has also begun. Well done Meadsway!

Meanwhile work on the farm itself is in full swing as the weather allows the combines to keep rolling - and a steady flow of grain being bought back to base. As much as the garden would like it - I dare not do a rain dance yet - let the sun shine on and the progress continue! Happy days!

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Grassroots are pleased to announce that a fantastic manager for the nursery has been appointed.

Nursery owner Kimberley How commented "After meeting some wonderful candidates, some of which we hope may join our team in the coming weeks, we have chosen a highly experienced professional to lead our new venture - its all very exciting!"

Pink Recruitment in Tilbrook held the interviews, during which all the candidates displayed lots of passion and enthusiasm for their industry, although it was a real love for the outdoors which was key for this role. Grassroots wants to guarantee every member of the team not only be qualified but possess a real understanding of the ethos it wishes to deliver and it was imperative the nursery manager could lead this from the offset. Experience in managing a team, maintaining high standards and a genuine love of children and learning obviously all factored in the final decision.

Kimberley How added "As a mother of two children myself, I felt our nursery manager had to be someone whom parents and children would easily trust, talk to and like - its a big step, especially for new parents, when a child starts nursery and we want to ensure it is a home-from-home setting, where every child matters as individuals. I look forward to working with our new manager in the coming weeks to make this happen."

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progress2Work started on the nursery just three weeks ago and already the building has been through some major changes.

With a deadline of the end of September, Meadsway builders have made a racing start to creating our fantastic farm-based nursery and are 'on-schedule' according to architect Alex Bond.

With years of experience in designing schools and nursery settings, Alex Bond is certain the nursery will provide a great location for children to learn and grow, and is confident that the project will be completed on time.

Local residents have already witnessed the biggest change, with the old roof being removed an the new trusses being put in place.

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