It’s child’s play! Local councillors explore nursery garden

Plymouth’s Deputy Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayoress recently attended Tops Day Nurseries Cattedown’s official open day. Cllr Chris Maven and Cllr Sue Dann spent time exploring the nursery garden with the children, balancing on beams, cooking up a treat in the mud kitchen and speaking with Managing Director of Tops Day Nurseries, Chery Hadland about the steps the nursery has taken since joining the Tops Family. The councillors were particularly interested in the nurseries sustainability ethos and were surprised to learn of the award-winning groups most eco-sustainable nursery group title. Tops Day Nurseries have taken some controversial actions in a bid to save the planet and educate the next generation; including the banning of glitter, DIY baby wipes and now a new pilot is being trialled across the 30 Tops Day Nurseries settings in which parents can trial re-usable nappies and other eco products on offer. Cllr Sue Dann was particularly interested in this topic given her passion to support Plastic Free Plymouth. Cllr Sue and Cllr Chris talked about funding with the founder of Tops Day Nurseries, both pledging to support the inadequate funding rates set by the government. Cheryl Hadland commented, “It was great to be able to meet with the Deputy Lord Mayor and Mayoress and welcome them into our nursery.  I was delighted to find they showed so much enthusiasm with supporting the sector, sustainability and of course engaging with the children. We have 30 nurseries across the South Coast now all following the same sustainable ethos but unique to their own environments. Tops Cattedown have worked tirelessly to revamp the environments, ensuring that they provide exciting activities with the best possible outcomes for children and I am so proud of what they have already achieved.” Tops Cattedown is part of the UK’s award-winning eco-sustainable nursery group, offering extended opening hours and flexible booking opportunities to families in the local community. To find out more or to arrange a visit, please visit or email

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