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Give the gift of kindness Your Hospice Lottery invite you to give your loved ones, a lottery membership in support of St Helena, allowing them to continue providing care to local people this Christmas.

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“When shall we 3 meet again?” While the Headgate is keen to get performance back on their stage, plans for a limited season of one and two man shows from the end of November were put in doubt by the recent lockdown.

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Come and meet Pantosaurus Just in time for Christmas, Matalan has created a soft toy of the NSPCC’s Talk PANTS campaign mascot... come and meet Pantosaurus.

Our 12 page Pull Out section with this months activities to help us all to Live Well.

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EWT announces Nature Nursery After many years in the making, Essex Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce the first outdoor Nature Nursery which will be opening on the 21st of April 2021 at Abbots Hall Farm.

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hristmas is a time for exchanging gifts, sharing food and spending time with family. Your Hospice Lottery invite you to give your loved ones a gift that really matters, a lottery membership in support of St Helena, allowing them to continue providing care to local people facing incurable illness and bereavement this Christmas. It is a unique and special gift that keeps giving as it not only gives the recipient a chance to win cash prizes every week they are in the draw up to £25,000, but keeps giving to St Helena too!

“I think people’s shopping habits are changing and after a challenging year people are looking for gifts that are more meaningful.”

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Christmas with personal care from the St Helena virtual ward team. Sally Thomas, Marketing Manager at Your Hospice Lottery, says “I think people’s shopping habits are changing and after a challenging year people are looking for gifts that are more meaningful and are also looking for ways they can support their local community. “Our lottery gift memberships are a fantastic choice this Christmas as it is a rewarding way of giving that someone special a unique gift that makes a difference and they could even win a prize too!” Perhaps you know someone who simply has everything already or you want to purchase a charitable gift in memory of a loved one in recognition of a cause close to their heart? Your Hospice Lottery gift memberships are available from as little as £10 for 10 weeks in the draw or for £52 you can buy a membership that lasts the whole year. As we find ourselves in another national lockdown, the festive season, which is just around the corner is set to look a lot different this year. Local employers may be stuck for inspiration on ways to treat their staff this Christmas to replace the traditional office party. The good news is that gift memberships

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with Your Hospice Lottery can be purchased as a corporate gift pack too! It is a gift that not only says ‘thank you’ but also gives back to your local community. Plus, employees can be in with a chance of winning one of 176 weekly cash prizes, with a top prize of £1,000. There is also a chance to win up to £25,000 in the rollover draw! Please note the recipient and purchaser must be 16 or over.

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Christmas bonanza launches online C

HRISTMAS will go on after a Foundation launched its festive shop online for the first time.

The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation’s popular Christmas Fayre had to be cancelled after Covid 19 disrupted the annual event. Not wanting to disappoint followers, the Foundation has instead launched a dedicated Christmas shop online for 2020.

From beautiful baubles and glass trees to festive wooden decorations and snow globes, there is something for everyone. Nikki said: “We have so many unique decorations to really put the finishing touches to your Christmas, and all at amazing prices too.

Nikki Bowdidge, CEO and Founder, said: “Organising our Christmas Fayre is always an amazing time and I wasn’t about to let 2020 get the better of us. “Of course, we normally look forward to welcoming people into the Foundation’s HQ with our heated tent and mulled wine to browse the fabulous traders. “But what better way to get your Christmas presents and decorations, and support young people with cancer, than by browsing our festive shop from your sofa?”

“We all know how hard 2020 has been. And while we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to TBF headquarters next Christmas, we couldn’t let 2020 end without a fabulous festive treat. “Not only that, but you will be helping young people with cancer across the UK too.” All decorations can be ordered before being picked up through click and collect at 9 Firmins Court, West Bergholt.

Images show some of the decorations available to buy at the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation shop. All images copyrighted to The Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation.

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Littlegarth achievements recognised by THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE After years of continual improvement, the GSG contacted Littlegarth earlier in the year to arrange a visit in preparation for a review of the school. This is a huge achievement as Littlegarth is one of only about 10 schools in the country that have been selected for review in the past calendar year. To receive a visit, the school has to show that it is performing to a very high standard and that it is has a strong reputation in the region. School names are submitted to a committee for scrutiny and the school has to go through consideration at three committee stages to qualify for a review. The visit took place in February and involved an interview with the Headmaster, a tour by the children and discussions with parents who had

been suggested by the school and many others who were known to the GSG representative. The subsequent review is written for the benefit of parents and provides an honest view of the school from those who have known the many good points and the faults! The review was released in May while Littlegarth was coming out of lockdown. There is plenty to celebrate as the review is glowing. In fact, the final paragraph begins with the statement: “The only gripe we repeatedly heard from parents was that their children were compelled to leave at the end of year 6.”

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Headmaster Peter Jones said: “We are all delighted that our wonderful school has been recognised by the Good Schools Guide and that the report reflects what a vibrant educational community we are. The children love the family feel and the School works hard to fill these essential primary years with excitement and adventure so that our children leave us full of confidence and ambition to be the best that they can be”


groups, with unbeaten sports seasons and excellent drama and music results,” explains Peter. “We are proud of our broad curriculum and of the fact that so many of our children achieve outstanding results in their various senior school exams.

site at Horkesley Park, Nayland in 1994. Peter joined in 2003 and the school joined the Independent Association of Prep Schools shortly afterward.

These are difficult times for all schools and it is ironic that we received our Good Schools Guide report when we were in lockdown. However, I am sure that the strong Littlegarth staff team will continue to work hard to provide the very best educational experience for the children, whatever challenges we might face in the future”

Littlegarth is rated as Excellent in all aspects by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). It’s no surprise then that the past ten years have seen 20-30% of children gain places at local grammar schools while over 50% of leavers have gained scholarship awards to independent senior schools While academic standards continue to rise, Peter is equally proud of the school’s extra-curricular programme which helps build confidence in children across a wide range of activities. “Littlegarth provides many opportunities for children to develop their talents across the age

If you would like to know more about all that Littlegarth provides, please visit our website or email cmorey@littlegarth.essex.sch.uk or telephone 01206 262332 to arrange a visit in the coming weeks.

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December, with its shortest daylight hours of the year and its falling temperatures, is not the most favourite of months for gardeners. Saying that, there are some moments to savor - the harvesting of home grown Brussels sprout, parsnip, leek and butternut squash, added to those vegetables harvested earlier and recovered from the freezer for the traditional Yuletide dinner, gives one some pride. Not only that, the bloom and fragrance from home grown hyacinths, along with the splendors of a poinsettia or an amaryllis, which both can also be raised at home, makes for pleasure indeed. Another can be attained by presenting the lady of the house, with the very last roses of the year, when carrying out pruning the bushes. Rose pruning is a job best carried out at this time anyway. Try to get the bushes of hybrid teas and floribundas to the

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shape of a large basin, with the outside branches trimmed to about 12 inches long, by cutting with sharp secateurs just above an outward facing bud. Remove all branches that are dead, any growing towards the centre of the bush and crossing others. Also remove any weeds growing around the base of the bush. Another task for December is to remove fallen leaves from the lawn. It is surprising the number of leaves that stick to the soil, robbing the grass of light, however, do not do this if the grass is wet following a heavy downpour, or covered with snow or frost. Keep off at these times, or you will cause more damage than good. Wait for a sunny, relatively warm day then rake the lawn and if the grass is dry and in need of a trim, cut with the mower blades set to

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their highest. Afterwards, brush the mower down, give it a spot of oil and put it back in the shed, so that when you next want use it you will be able to. A small task in the shelter of a shed or greenhouse, is to sharpen all cutting tools and give them an oiling. You will be surprised how efficient they be when you next want to use them. Finally, I wish all a Happy Christmas and New Year. I hope 2021 will be free of the virus which has caused some of us inconvenience and discomfort, while causing many others such distress and sadness.

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Stoke by Nayland Hotel transforms into a magical Winter Wonderland S

toke by Nayland is again welcoming guests and visitors to come and enjoy an amazing Winter Wonderland experience throughout the hotel as a stunning backdrop to all the festivities offered over the Christmas and New Year period. Highlights include a snow-covered Santa’s Sleigh with reindeer – great for those Instagram snaps – a Narnian Forest to stroll through, a Bavarian Ski Lodge, and all three restaurants dressed up in festive, wintery décor. The Sports Bar offers hearty meals with live TV Sport, the first floor Gallery Grill has an exciting new menu – with panoramic views, and the Lakes Restaurant features modern British cuisine with mouth-watering a la carte dishes. In addition there are special festive accommodation packages as well as B & B deals featured on our

These include Festive Dining throughout December, Dinner Shows with comedy entertainment, festive family events with Santa, Christmas Day and Boxing Day Lunches and New Year’s Eve Dinners.

website right into the New Year for guests wishing to spend more time enjoying this magical setting, as well as all the fabulous facilities on offer at the resort. Commercial Director, Peter Osborne commented, “All of the latest strict government hygiene and social distancing procedures are in place. Back in July we introduced our “Rest Reassured” measures to ensure that our customers can feel confident about being able to relax in a safe environment, and really enjoy their visit to Stoke by Nayland - whether it is for golf, dining or spa experiences, or simply to escape to beautiful Constable Country for a festive hotel or lodge break. All details about our measures can be found at www. stokebynayland.com/restreassured.” With social distancing in mind, the hotel has also created new covered outdoor dining areas with heating and blankets, should guests prefer to eat outside and enjoy the stunning views of the lake, which is lit at night. There are still limited numbers of tickets available for some of the fabulous dinners and festive events at Stoke by Nayland with roasted chicken breast

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“When shall we three (or more) meet again?” The theatre W hile the Headgate is keen to get performance back on their stage, plans for a limited season of one and two man shows from the end of November were put in doubt by the recent lockdown.

With uncertainty about what the local restrictions would be after the 2nd December, they regrettably then had to take the decision to cancel the provisional programme for this year. They’ve still gone ahead with auditions for a production in March, where two actors play all 14 parts, and the audience become the customers of the local pub. We’ll raise a glass to that!

And there’s more positive news from the festive Sofa2Stage project, which resulted in another great selection of scripts being submitted! There was some fantastic writing with a ‘comedy at Christmas’ theme, and a panel of local creatives whittled them down to five. These are being rehearsed and recorded ready for adding to the theatre’s YouTube channel ahead of a public vote. The shortlist was Wild Swimming by Lyn Chase, The Little Tree by Wendy James, The 2020 Morecambe & Wise Covid-Secure Christmas Show by Chris Brindle, Christmas Presence by Tony Oswick and Do you want festive cinnamon on that? by John Worland. Further details on voting will be available on the theatre’s website and Facebook page soon.

will be open just as soon as it can, but at the end of an extraordinary year we’d like to say a big thank you for all the support shown to the theatre, and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a healthy New Year.

During the latest lockdown, the various dance classes have had to take a break. However, the Prince’s Trust group that have been using the theatre as a base, has been able to continue. The group have been on a personal development programme, with the chance to gain new skills, meet new people and take a qualification. A great example of the varied use for the venue. And the Act V group for the over 50’s has been meeting online, with a series of sessions looking at the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. There’ll be more sessions in the Spring. Right now (with apologies to the Bard) we’re mostly asking, ‘When shall we three (or six, or more) meet again?’.

For further information on what’s happening at the Headgate Theatre visit www. headgatetheatre.co.uk , find it on Facebook and Twitter or call 01206 366000

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Matalan supports the NSPCC this Christmas with Pantosaurus toy J

ust in time for Christmas, Matalan has created a soft toy of the NSPCC’s Talk PANTS campaign mascot, Pantosaurus. The friendly pants-wearing dinosaur has helped over a million parents talk to their child about keeping safe from sexual abuse, and explaining – in age-appropriate language and a catchy song - how their privates are private. This Christmas, Matalan is supporting the campaign by releasing an exclusive cuddly version of Pantosaurus, to help parents start that important conversation with their child. Half of the profits from the sale of the cuddly dinosaur will also go directly to the NSPCC. Since 2015, Matalan have sold NSPCC merchandise in their stores and the charity’s latest products – including shopping bags, badges and keyrings, colouring books, crayon sets and lunch bags with 100% of proceeds from these areas going directly to the children’s charity.

Matalan is one of the NSPCC’s longest-running partners and has raised more than £10.7m for the charity to date, from in-store fundraising activities, charity balls, and employee fundraising including marathons, skydives and more.

Jeff Howarth, director of marketing for Matalan, said: “We love the new NSPCC Pantosaurus toy, and we’re sure our customers will too.

Tess O’Callaghan, NSPCC Fundraising Manager, said: “The plush Pantosaurus looks great, and proceeds from it and the sale of our bags, books and crayon sets will go towards helping young people who need it most, so we’re hugely grateful to everyone who picks up a treat while Christmas shopping this year.” Founded in 1985, Matalan’s mission has always been to give families outstanding quality at outstanding prices. 12 million UK families each year trust Matalan with their family budgets. As of September 2020, Matalan has an impressive 228 UK stores and 36 International franchise stores within Europe and the Middle East, supported with a rapidly growing online channel. With increased lockdowns happening and the Christmas holidays approaching, the NSPCC expects demand on their services to increase, and want to make sure no child is left to cope alone. The Pantosaurus soft toy costs £7 and is available to buy online and click and collect, and will also be making a debut appearance in Matalan’s Christmas TV advert, so stay tuned!

“We’re proud to have such a long-running and successful partnership with the NSPCC. We’re sure Pantosaurus will be a firm favourite this Christmas. Helping raise money to support children and young people across the UK is more

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To find out more, including how you can help the NSPCC and Childline, go to www.nspcc.org.uk

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Essex Wildlife Trust announces the first outdoor Nature Nursery at Abbots Hall Farm A

fter many years in the making, Essex Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce the first outdoor Nature Nursery which will be opening on the 21st of April 2021 at Abbots Hall Farm. The nature nursery will be nestled among meadows and grassland, with large open skies and sheltered woodland to explore. The nursery itself will be fully outdoors with an outdoor kitchen, composting toilets and a yurt with a log burner for the unfavourable weather conditions.

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Different zones within the nursery will provide a variety of sensory and learning experiences.

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The trust believes that to create a sustainable future, education must be based on a deep relationship with the natural world. Learning will follow the early years Foundation Stage curriculum guidelines and statutory requirements, in the same way as a conventional indoor nursery. However, there will be a focus on holistic learning, and children will gain from the breadth of stimulating natural spaces to provide a healthy measure of awe and wonder.


All staff will be highly qualified in Early Years, Forest School qualified leaders and specialists in their field and the Nature Nursery will be Ofsted registered. At the Nature Nursery, children will have the opportunity to explore different habits and natural processes, while learning about wildlife with the support of expert staff.

“Children will have the opportunity to become confident and independent, curious and playful.� From learning to tie knots and working together to cook lunch that they grow in the garden to playing in the woodlands, climbing trees, digging and making mud pies. Children will have the opportunity to become confident and independent, curious and playful, develop a love of nature and wildlife and forge lasting friendships.

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance urges supporters to brighten up the darker evenings S

upporters of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) are doing their best to bring some brightness to the long winter evenings and raise money for the life-saving charity. Each year EHAAT’s `Lights for Flights’ festive fundraising initiative sees householders across Essex and Hertfordshire lighting up their properties in aid of their local air ambulance. One of the first off the mark this year was Graham Smitherman from Wickford in Essex who had lights

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on his property before the end of October, with the full display going live on November 28th. Graham says: “The display this year is mainly Pixel LED lighting which means we can control every individual LED to turn on or off with a choice of when we want. It is very cool, but it took a lot of planning and time building it.


We have spent hours every week since March doing something related to the display, whilst also working full time and joining in other fundraising events for EHAAT.” His amazing display (below left and right) uses 3,610 LEDs controlled by four Raspberry Pi computers. The display includes a train with smoke effects and cash donations slot, a vintage helicopter from an arcade ride and an audio system that synchronises the music to the display. Graham explains: “We also have the ability to throw any messages, video or pictures onto a matrix screen that is outside the house. ‘Passers-by can scan in a QR code on their phone which takes them straight to a fundraising page at www.bandc.uk , where they can donate to EHAAT. “We chose EHAAT as a charity to support because of it being a local charity close to our hearts as bikers, and the fact that it provides emergency care to anyone at any time, biker or pedestrian. ‘You never know when it could be the difference between life and death”. EHAAT is letting supporters know that despite the pandemic, there are still plenty of ways to get festive, have some fun and raise money for the charity, which relies on public support to remain operational. Natasha Robertson, Fundraising Manager at EHAAT said, “Santa isn’t the only one who will be flying this Christmas and we are so grateful to supporters such as Graham who want to raise money whilst getting into the Christmas spirit. “Our committed team remain dedicated and ready and able to save lives when someone is having the worst day of their life, even on Christmas Day. That’s why now we need support from the people and businesses of Essex and

Hertfordshire this festive season. “Fundraising efforts have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen events and initiatives being cancelled and postponed during the lockdowns, so if you’d like to raise money please let us know, we would love to hear from you. “Whatever your fundraising idea is, it won’t take much to give it a festive twist and help keep us flying. “Our fundraising elves are ready and waiting to hear from you and can help your fundraising take off!” On Thursday 17th December the charity is inviting supporters to a free online Christmas celebration event. It will be full of festive songs, inspiring readings and some behind the scenes stories about EHAAT’s life-saving work this year.

You can sign up for free via the charity’s website. To support EHAAT’s Festive Fundraising initiative, sponsored by Raine and Co, visit ehaat.org/festive or call the Fundraising Team on 0345 2417 690

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Zooming into Christmas weekly Zoom sessions are as close as we can be for now and continue to be a really fun way to end the week with some great music and a social catch up. This term we’ve had the usual music request nights, as well as the band’s take on Room 101 to confine any pieces we’ve had enough of to the recycle bin, all mixed in with a few rounds of Fastest Finger First to see who gets to choose.

“You’re welcome to join our Zoom sessions to meet our friendly band members, or you can follow our latest happenings on our website (www.wbcb. org) to find out when we will be restarting the band properly.” 42

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hristmas Concerts are always the highlight of West Bergholt Concert Band & Training Band’s year, so despite the curtailment caused by Covid, the West Bergholt Concert Band are determined to get into the festive mood this year. As Christmas gets ever closer the music at the band’s weekly Zoom rehearsals has taken on a distinctly festive flavour, with classics such as Sleigh Ride, Happy Xmas War Is Over, Merry Christmas Darling and The Christmas Waltz mixing in with arrangements of carols by John Rutter, Vaughan-Williams and Leroy Anderson. We’re even planning on having a mini virtual Christmas & Carols Concert for the band’s family and friends, so hopefully we can make that as warm and welcoming as one of our usual Christmas concerts. Even though we are really missing playing together properly, the band’s

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We’ve played through over 100 pieces this term, with more being added each week as we dig deeper into the band’s library of Christmas pieces. As always the Friday Zoom sessions are totally free and are open to any brass or woodwind musicians. We’ve already welcomed a number of new players to our weekly Zoom-hearsals, and with two bands catering for all abilities (Training Band for Grades 1-4, Concert Band for Grade 4+) we have music to cater for everyone. If you’d like to take part, just email Conductor@wbcb.org and we’ll send you details of the Zoom sessions plus your own copies of the music. Zoom is a GREAT way to get used to playing in a band – no-one can hear your wrong notes – and we always manage some laughs as we play together.

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or a lot of young girls and boys, being a professional footballer is a dream. And for almost all of them, scoring goals as a striker would be the highlight of those dreams. Colchester United striker Jevani Brown had that dream, started to fulfil it as an Academy player at Peterborough United, but then dropped into the non-league scene after being released back in 2013. He played for a number of teams before impressing Cambridge United enough to be offered a two year contract ahead of the 2017/18 season. Two years later, Colchester United signed the talented forward, much to the dismay of the Cambridge

He is already now in double figures for goals this season, and has plenty of time to reach twenty for the season.

fans who had seen him as their best player lost to a league rival. An indifferent 19/20 campaign maybe put some pressure on the twenty six year old to make a big impression this time round – but he has shown no signs at all that he is hampered by any pressure. And November 2020 will surely be remembered by U’s fans, and Jevani himself, as the month when he proved he could be a goalscoring number nine as well as a fantastic assisting player in a number ten role. He had never scored a hat-trick as a professional going into the Stevenage match on November 3rd at the JobServe Community Stadium – his first was the perfect variety, with right foot, left foot and headed finishes sending Stevenage home empty-handed. Like buses, his second hat-trick came almost immediately. Seven days later to be precise, as Essex rivals Southend United were swept aside in a stunning 6-1 victory for the U’s. The U’s top scorer wasn’t finished there though, he went on to score twice as the U’s beat Leyton Orient to lift themselves into the Play-Off position in League Two. Jevani has given himself every chance to reach twenty for the season and hopefully keep the U’s towards the top of the table.

JobServe Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester CO4 5UP. www.colchesterunited.net Jevani Brown scoring in a hat trick against Stevenage FC.

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Early years department celebrating Millie’s Mark award

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olchester High School & Nursery today announced that its Early Years Department (Nursery to Reception) has been awarded ‘Millie’s Mark’, . Ms Gracie-Langrick, Headteacher said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded Millie’s Mark. This is a special achievement and shows how serious our Nursery staff and Reception teachers are about ensuring children are safe when they are in our care.

Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson, who tragically died as a result of choking in a nursery in 2012.

We are also so proud of the work of our Early Years Department who were also last year shortlisted for the prestigious Independent Schools Association Early Years Award for Excellence and Innovation in Provision. The perfect place for young children to start their educational journey.”

Please contact Mrs Susan Hilton on 01206 217 116 for more information.

We are delighted that their efforts have been rewarded and I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard through this process. Although we are now an official Millie’s Mark awarded Early Years Department, our hard work of continuously developing our quality care and education will not stop. It is crucial that we maintain the criteria to ensure the ongoing safety of our children.

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