Local MP joins Lymington nursery children to celebrate the Great Big Read Week

The Great Big Read, an event created to excite children about reading and to raise money and awareness for a free book library for parents, was hosted by Tops Day Nurseries in Lymington between Monday 2nd March until Friday 6th March.

Invitations were sent out to encourage volunteers to head down to the nurseries to take part and Sir Desmond Swayne visited the nursery based at All Saints Church in Lymington to take part and read story books with the children.

With the support of Independent Usborne Organiser Vanessa Marsh from Pop-Up Bookshop, Tops Day Nurseries took part in the Great Big Read in order to raise awareness of the importance of reading, provide opportunities for their children to read and be read to and to raise funds for their book lending library. Tops Day Nurseries created their lending library to allow parents and children access to books and other reading materials that they may not have previously been able to access.

Sir Desmond Swayne MP visited Tops Lymington All Saints during their Great Big Read initiative and commented:

“It was great to visit the Tops Lymington setting and meet with the children and Tops team. It was wonderful to see the input Tops provides to give children the best start in life possible and the Great Big Read initiative is a fantastic way to support a positive relationship with reading, especially in this digital age.

It is commendable how Tops Day Nurseries continue running events such as these, whilst the underfunded and under-staffed Early Years sector is under such considerable strain. Additionally, I applaud Tops for actively reacting to the changing climate of our world and teaching our children about sustainability.

“It is concerning to hear of the crisis which our childcare industry is facing, and I will be making representations in Parliament and to the Government to help ensure that the funding deficiency is addressed to ensure that early year providers are able to keep delivering the high quality early education for the children in Lymington; I am also keen to work to improve the constituency’s effort to reduce one-use plastic and carbon emissions, and to process waste more efficiently, in order to provide a healthier future for our children.”

After hosting the events Tops have managed to transform their lending library service with an incredible number of free books being given by Usborne Books at Home, a division of Usborne Publishing, in addition to all of the sponsorship money raised to purchase books. On top of the individually sponsored element, Vanessa Marsh coordinated a giant Community Book Pledge securing further sponsorship from businesses including school and nursery suppliers.

Cheryl Hadland, Managing Director of Tops Day Nurseries commented “We are delighted to be a part of this exciting new project and I am very proud of the book lending library we have created for our parents and the contribution of almost £5000 has given us a fantastic start.”

Tops Day Nurseries offers care for children from 3 months – school age, as well as having an afterschool and holiday club for children up to the age of 8. Parents can benefit from extended opening hours of 6am-8pm subject to demand, for, 52 weeks a year including Bank Holidays. This is as well as the number of extra-curricular activities such as Forest School, which extend the experiences children have whilst at nursery. For more information, please call 0801 699650 or email enquiries@topsdaynurseries.co.uk

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