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Nursery’s work highlighted in parliament publication

Section:  Lockerbie and Lochmaben

A PIONEERING Lochmaben nursery has been acknowledged in parliament.

Jaybees Childcare is featured in the latest Parliamentary Review, which is co-chaired by Lord Blunkett and Lord Eric Pickles, and serves as a guide to industry best practice.

The nursery, which was founded in 2010, is family run and employs 17 staff.

Their review piece details how owner Jackie Bell and her daughters Georgia Bell and Alexa Sloan share a passion for high quality childcare, the outdoors, training and intergenerational working.

It highlights the nursery’s use of a forest classroom, fruit and vegetable garden, staff training and their connections with older members of the community.

Children visit a care home in Lockerbie and have also enjoyed visits from some residents.

Three times each week they also have a retired local lady with early onset dementia spend time in the nursery.

She is physically able and the children love her stories.

The review reads: “How they connect, share stories and engage with each other is an area we will explore further, as we hope to address this huge challenge in our communities today.

“At Jaybees we know we can provide the platform for intergenerational projects, and it is an honour to witness.”

Looking to the future, Jackie has plans to develop a large-scale nursery at a site in Dumfries for an indoor-outdoor nursery alongside an assisted living village.

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