Through the gen­er­a­tions

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For­mer teacher Jayne God­dard founded Tech­no­tots Nurs­ery more than 25 years ago.

And it has got to the stage where some of the par­ents and staff came through the door when they were kids way back when.

Owner Jayne has waved off thou­sands of kids on their jour­ney to­wards school — and is proud every year when Tech­no­tots holds its an­nual grad­u­a­tion.

But one of the most re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for her is to see the gen­er­a­tions grow up and re­turn to their old stomp­ing ground.

From par­ents who were once a tech­no­tot to mem­bers of staff who used to run around the nurs­ery — Jayne doesn’t have to look far if she wants a tale from down mem­ory lane.

“It’s re­ally re­ward­ing when peo­ple come back,” Jayne told the News.

“You see a lot of par­ents bring their kids — and we even have staff who were here as kids. “That is a re­ally good feel­ing. “We like to think we have a good fam­ily feel here.

“We help par­ents as best that we can as well as the kids. It’s part of what we do.”

Se­nior su­per­vi­sor Dawn McCorkin­dale says that a lot of the staff are “in with the bricks” and have clocked up decades of ser­vice at the St Leonards nurs­ery.

“It’s a good group,” she said. “I came here 22 years ago and just love work­ing with the kids.

“It’s a same with a lot of the staff here. They just re­ally en­joy what they get to do.”

A big part of Tech­no­tots is ed­u­cat­ing the kids on the world around them and they do that through nu­mer­ous char­ity ef­forts.

Young­sters have been in­volved in fundrais­ing for Down’s Syn­drome Day and wel­comed in pooches for the Brave­hound project — a char­ity sup­port­ing for­mer ser­vice­men, women and their fam­i­lies.

Teacher Gil­lian Ste­wart said: “These kinds of things re­ally help the chil­dren.

“It shows them that the world is a big place and it’s not just them in it. 180418tech­no­tots_01

“They are re­ally un­der­stand­ing the world and en­gage with it.

“We have them come up with ideas for how they would like to fundraise and work with them to nar­row it down — some­times they can be very cre­ative but we like that!

“They have come up with things like art gal­leries.”

Kids are now also taught French and maka­ton – a form of Bri­tish Sign Lan­guage of­ten used for chil­dren who have var­i­ous spe­cial needs.

De­pute head An­gela McMil­lan, who has also ded­i­cated more than two decades to the tots, is proud of the ini­tia­tive.

“We have our French teacher come in once a week and we have a boy in our nurs­ery who has Down’s Syn­drome,” she said, “so the kids are now learn­ing maka­ton along with him.

“It’s given them a dif­fer­ent thing to think about and ex­pe­ri­ence and learn.”

We have a lot of par­ents who were here as kids...our staff too.

Good times Staff and kids at Tech­no­tots Nurs­ery pose for a pic

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