This Monday, Goringe Park primary school in Mitcham becomes the first school
in the UK to open a fully equipped baby unit.
Eleven babies and toddlers will crawl and run into the Gorringe Park crèche
– christened Little Penguins.
The new recruits will be cared for by five staff, who are trained to a
minimum of NVQ level 2 in childcare, under the supervision of a trained
nursery manager. The centre’s facilities include air conditioning, cots,
toilets, nappy changing tables, play areas and a kitchen. An adjacent room
incorporates community nurses, doctors and health visitors providing a one
stop shop for busy parents.
And if that wasn’t enough, the crèche comes complete with a webcam to
reassure anxious parents. Head teacher, Alan Coode explains:
‘We have installed the camera so parents are able to keep an eye on their
babies from their office PC. It helps to boost confidence.’
Little Penguins has the go ahead to expand its provision to 30 places and
caters for babies from three months to toddlers up to two years and seven
months. Fees are set at £32 a day and the centre is open from 7-30 am to 6pm
and throughout the holidays.
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