Generations join nursery’s 20th party
More than 70 people joined staff at Busy Bees in Allington to celebrate the nursery’s 20th anniversary.
Parents, children and former pupils visited the centre in Ash Grove on Saturday to take part in party games, a spot of face painting and enjoy some cake.
After two decades in the County Town, many children have been through the nursery and are now bringing their own children to it.
Up until 2014 the centre was run by Kinder Nurseries, which ran 11 nurseries in Kent and one in Lewisham.
The former owners, Allan and Janet Bishop, attended the party.
They were joined by Karen Officer from Busy Bees and Cllr David Naghi, deputy mayor of Maidstone.
Nursery manager Heather Dodd said: “I joined 19-and-ahalf years ago. My children have all been through here – all three of them.
“It was a really lovely day at Busy Bees. We had children who left a few years ago and it was nice to see them and the old owners. Having started the nursery as my first job out of college, I have seen the nursery progress and grow in so many ways, from the first children starting who are now having their own children, to the change of owners from Mr and Mrs Bishop to becoming part of the Busy Bees family in 2014.”
Faye Angear, five
Imogen Lilley, five
Freya Lacey, four
Emily Day, four, spells it out