A Cirencester nursery is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
Acorns Nursery School, based on Park Street, was established in 1952 and has been run by husband and wife team Helen and Miles Guerrini since 2005.
“It’s expanded and we are always seeking to improve and create a paradise for children,” said Miles, who gave up a career in the West End to go into business with Helen.
The pair, who met at Cambridge when training to be teachers, set up Puss in Boots Nursery in London after Miles decided to leave the unpredictable world of acting in pursuit of a more stable environment to bring up children.
“An actor is always a pawn in somebody else’s game,” he said.
“There were all these tensions that led me to focus on starting a nursery with Helen.
“It was such a success, we enjoyed it so much.
“I found myself enthralled by the children’s happiness, excitement, curiosity.”
After two years the pair wanted to leave London and took over Acorns.
“We looked all over the country and chose Cirencester,” Miles explained.
“It’s a beautiful town, it felt like a community. It doesn’t have the anonymity of London.”
When Miles and Helen took over the nursery it only catered for pre-school children and, after several left for primary school, they soon found themselves with only 12 on their books.
There were scary times with bills to pay and a business to build but numbers have steadily grown and the nursery now cares for babies and toddlers alongside the Mighty Oaks breakfast, after school and holiday clubs for 5-11 year-olds.
The nursery’s 70th anniversary coincided with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and celebrations were held in its several gardens.
“We feel committed to doing this for the rest of our lives,” said Miles.
“It’s not just a business, we feel we are doing something really worthwhile.
“We have always aspired to give children the ideal environment for them to progress.
“We have a fantastic team, a great indoor environment and four walled gardens.
“When we took over, Acorns already had a special place in the hearts of the community.
“We feel like we are custodians continuing the strong Acorns tradition and hope it will continue even beyond our tenure.”
The nursery is often oversubscribed so most apply whilst still pregnant. For more details visit acornscirencester.com
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