Celebrating 50 Years 1970-2020.
St Peters Playgroup Rickerscote, Stafford started operating in January 1970.
The playgroup was actually the brainchild of the then vicar's wife Mrs.Joyce Pemberton who felt there was a great need in the area for a playgroup, and as the church hall premises had just been completed, thought this would be an ideal way to utilize the building to serve the community.
She enlisted the help of Mrs.Joan Parkinson who was area organiser for the local Pre-School Playgroup Association. They held a meeting at the Vicarage in November 1969 and invited anyone interested to come along.
There was a very good attendance and due to the keenness of all concerned a playgroup was opened the following January, after fundraising events to gain money for the necessary equipment.
Mrs.Elaine Grounds was asked to be the supervisor and did a marvellous job until she left in 1973. Following this Doreen Chell & Vivien Till also took part in being supervisors until 1989 when Mrs.Marie Dawson became supervisor.
In 2004 our newly refurbished premises at Rising Brook High School (Was Stafford Sports College, now Stafford Manor High School) was part of the Neighbourhood Nursery initiative, a government project aimed at creating more childcare places in areas with 20% deprivation. With the help of the local authority (SSCC), St Peters Pre-School & Nursery was successful in securing the rented accommodation to help expand its services and to remain in the voluntary sector.
Manger Marie Dawson has seen many changes over the last 30 years, & states that "our vision has always remained the same, to deliver a community nursery that is accessible to all. Where children can be well cared for in a safe, clean and rich learning environment.
We still have one of our supporters from 50 years ago Veronica Holdcroft whose daughters attended the pre-school group when it first started, Veronica still attends 1 day a week & supports the group."
I am so happy with this nursery .excellent staff & lovely manager also Great atmosphere. I highly recommended
Fabulous lovely staff and my daughter can't wait to go twice a week.
Lovey nursery with lovely staff, My son settled in very quickly.
Fantastic Nursery, my twins have been going since they were 7 months old and loved every room, all the staff are brilliant, they will be sad to leave in September when they start school. My little boy Logan also started here last year and he is loving it too, he is very content with all the ladies that look after him.
My daughter has come on amazingly since going here. Best thing I've done.
We recently moved our son to St.Peters Nursery. We had all the usual worries about any changes for him but we couldn't be happier. Ted has settled in so well & we are always made to feel welcome & part of the St Peters Family. They include the children in so many activities & trips including raffles, sports days & discos. The staff are incredibly friendly & always have the time to discuss any issues or queries. So pleased we made the move, can't recommend enough.
I highly recommend this nursery, the staff are amazing people and both my kids love both the staff (Stella) and the nursery itself. Its always clean and its such a happy, friendly atmosphere. I wouldn't put my children in any other nursery ever!!
Incredible service, very acomadating, my son has grown so much, academically & mentally during his time at St Peters. The staff at every level are understanding & caring and 100% want the best for each child there, it is like a small family. Hands down a great starting place for your child, if we have anymore children i will make sure they come to St.Peters. Thank you
Well Jamie has officially graduated from nursery... his time at St Peter's pre-school and nursery has been so valuable thanks to their amazing care, nurture, guidance, love and friendship he is more than ready for the next chapter in his life at school. Jamie will miss all his friends and all the lovely staff however he will never forget them or the time he spent there. This is truly the end of an era for us as you also did the exact same for his big brother Brandon and he has just continued to grow into the fun loving young boy he is today which all the staff at St Peter's helped him to do. We will never forget all you have done for both of them. Thanks you all massively once again.
I know that St Peters School has got an enormous reputation about the childcare, this is one of the reasons that i have chosen this school for my daughter. The staff are very lovely with children. Thanks alot for all your effort and care.
My boys absolutely LOVED starting nursery in this room (Ducklings Baby Room) i don't think i ever had tears leaving them....i sometimes did when picking them up to come home with me. The staff are incredible and the facilities for the children are by far the best compared to any other nursery we visited! I would absolutely 100% recommend this nursery to anyone.......i wish i had another baby to send to the girls.
Thank you so much for everything you have done for Eleanor (and Fletcher), your nursery is second to none, and i will always regret not finding you when we sent Spencer to nursery. You have always gone above & beyond with our children and for that we cannot thank you enough. She always counts down her days and sleeps until she is with you. We will miss seeing you on our nursery days, but know their experience will never be forgotten as Fletcher still talks about you all fondly now. All the staff are amazing and have handled this year amazingly. Thank you for giving Eleanor (& Fletcher) the best possible start in their education.
We can't believe the time has come to say a fond farewell to you all. We started out our journey 6 years ago when Lilly first started in Ducklings and now Chloe is ready to fly off on the next part of her journey too. The experience that they both had has been exceptional, we cannot fault anything. You pride yourselves on building relationships and both Lilly & Chloe count you all as extended family, such is the love that you have shown them. You always go the extra mile to make every occasion special with Christmas parties, Sports days, Mother's day, Father's day. Easter and many many more. You have helped mould both of our girls into confident young girls and we are eternally grateful. Much Love Sarah.
We are very pleased with St Peters Pre-School , our daughter loves to spend everyday at St peters, she enjoys the role play, story time, all activities, events and learning with all her friends & staff. The environment is really friendly and enjoyable with lots of toys, books and a super playground. Our daughter comes back home with a big smile on her face and there is nothing more gratifying for us parents seeing our precious daughter happy and well cared for. I am sure she is going to miss St Peters but i am certain that she has built lovely memories of her Pre-School there. Thank you to all teachers who have contributed to her growth, emotional well being and curiosity for learning. Thank you St peters for everything and for the quality of care you provide each and everyday.
An absolutely incredible nursery that I’m so very grateful to have found! August 2021 marks the end of an era, for the last nearly 8 years I have been dropping my children off weekly at the nursery and I shall be very sad to say goodbye. Both my boys have attended from 9 months old until leaving for reception and I am so very grateful to all of the amazing staff who have helped them grow into the happy, clever, polite and caring boys they are today. From the minute you walk in you are made to feel at ease by the fabulous ladies in the office and then you have the most amazing teams in the 3 childcare rooms who you quite literally trust with your children’s lives! Right from my very first visit I knew this was the nursery for us and we have always been extremely happy here, the communication is excellent from the staff, the cleanliness is to the highest standard and the facilities and space inside and out is fantastic for the children. Without a doubt I will be recommending St Peter’s to all my friends and family, thank you for having us!’
It breaks my heart for Bella to be leaving especially a year earlier than planned. The past 3 years have been a joy for Bella and i can honestly say there hasn't been one day that i have felt uncomfortable leaving her here in your care. You have all played such a huge part in Bella's life and i can't thank you all enough for making her into the little girl she is today. It goes without saying how much myself and Bella will miss coming here, the staff and her friends. There just isn't enough words to say how much we appreciate you all. We'll miss you & Thank you!!
We would like to massively thank the whole of St peters nursery staff for your amazing and constant support over the last 7 years, our 3 children have truly enjoyed their time and as parents we can only praise all of you for how caring you have been on our children' sides in their first years of development. Many many thanks for your huge contribution into the children they have become.