Article by Brentwood Gazette: A pre-school hosted a tea party for pupils, parents and teachers – both past and present – to mark its 40th anniversary.
Buttsbury Pre-School, in Perry Street, Billericay, has been serving the community since it was established by parents in 1975.
It has developed a reputation for providing a high standard of care for children and at its last Ofsted inspection in 2012 was graded outstanding.
It has grown and relocated to a purpose-built setting in the grounds of Buttsbury Infant School and now accommodates over 100 families, employs 19 staff and a committee of parents.
Business manager, Julie Crosby, said: "We held a tea party on Saturday afternoon to celebrate an enormous milestone – reaching 40 years of care and education.
"In the week leading up to the party the children created crowns, hats and bunting to decorate the pre-school and help with the celebrations.
"Our families were very generous in donating cakes for the event.
"On the day, the group's original co-founder, Gill Rolfe, attended and assisted in cutting the Buttsbury Bear 40 cake.
"It was a very special day for all of us and we look forward to celebrating our next milestone."
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