So­cial care pi­o­neer opened nurs­ery

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

IN the late 19th cen­tury suf­fragette and so­cial care pi­o­neer Leila Ren­del, a young woman from a mid­dle class fam­ily in the east end of Lon­don, started a nurs­ery for chil­dren whose fam­i­lies could not care for them. In 1911, with a high num­ber of chil­dren, a per­ma­nent build­ing was founded in St Pan­cras and named af­ter the Vic­to­rian il­lus­tra­tor Ran­dolph Calde­cott whose pic­tures dec­o­rated the walls. Due to bomb­ing dur­ing the First World War the nurs­ery moved to Maid­stone where it be­came known as the Calde­cott Com­mu­nity. By 1930 it had grown and cared for about 50 chil­dren and pro­vided them with pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion. Most re­cently the com­mu­nity be­came a foun­da­tion and is now based in Smeeth af­ter mov­ing from Mer­sham-LeHatch.

ORIG­I­NAL NURS­ERY: Leila Ren­del, top right, at St Pan­cras in Lon­don

EAR­LIER TIMES: An old pho­to­graph show­ing chil­dren at the Calde­cott Foun­da­tion in the early 20th cen­tury

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