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Saturday, 04 July 2015

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Workington nursery marks two milestones

A Workington nursery held a double celebration this week.

TEN-YEAR CELEBRATION: Workington’s Learning Land nursery celebrates its 10th anniversary, and Hayley Winthorpe, second left, who has been there from the beginning, is pictured with, from left, owner Hilary McCarron, Kiana Bechelli, Kirsty Graham and Daniel Mateos

Learning Land, on Derwent Street, celebrated its 10th birthday and one of its workers, Hayley Winthorpe, marked her decade of service there with a party on Wednesday.

The nursery was opened by Hilary McCarron, of Lodge Close, Great Clifton, in 2004.

Hayley, 35, of Hunters Drive, Seaton, a childcare practitioner, said: “I’d worked in childcare before so I had a lot of experience and when Hilary asked me to work with her it was a dream come true.

“I have loads of memories but what has stood out is how much the nursery has grown.”

Hilary, who has children Kyran, 15, Kiana, 14, and Kayla, nine, said: “I’d had my first two children and really loved being a mum and looking after them. That’s what inspired me to open the nursery.”

She said the building had been a derelict eyesore, which was renovated.

She added: “We started with three or four children on the first day and now we have 147 children a week and 22 members of staff.”

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