This year marks the 40th birthday of Newcastle’s Peter Pan Special Needs Nursery, which provides a unique service for children with disabilities serving the whole of Staffordshire and parts of neighbouring Cheshire.
Established in 1969 at the Orme Centre in Newcastle, the nursery was set up originally as a playgroup and meeting place for mothers and their disabled children. It grew quickly and is now recognised widely for the excellence of its service.
Children from birth to aged five benefit from a wide range of care, including specialist play equipment designed to help them in reaching their full potential in a warm, safe and stimulating environment.
In 2007, Peter Pan’s work was applauded by Ofsted inspectors who judged the nursery to be ‘outstanding’.
With the continued support and commitment of staff and volunteers, including Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly, the nursery was last year awarded funding of nearly £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
This will help meet Peter Pan’s running costs over the next five years. It will also be vital in helping the nursery to further develop its work, take more children, offer more sessions and meet the backlog of demand from parents anxious to secure places for their children.
Paul has also worked with the nursery to get brand new premises shortly, which will open next to Merryfields special school in Wolstanton. The Orme Building is due to close, owing to age and the costs of maintenance, which left Peter Pan vulnerable.
Paul would like to thank Peter Traves and his staff at Staffordshire County Council’s education department for their responsiveness and great help in meeting Peter Pan’s needs – and, therefore, those of its children and their families.
The Lottery grant, though, by no means covers everything. Peter Pan also depends now – and will do even more in the future – on charitable and private donations.
You, too, can help the nursery to go from strength to strength by offering to become a ‘Friend of Peter Pan’. To find out about making a donation, whether large or small, and see for yourself the nursery’s marvellous work, please just contact the chairman Mike Topping or supervisors Jane Smith and Lynn Heighway.
Peter Pan’s telephone number is 01782 715219, and their e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, you can also contact Paul and go to the nursery’s website at: http://peterpan-specialneeds-nursery.co.uk/