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Celebrating our 25th Anniversary


Every year, we carry on the tradition of celebrating St. Michael’s Day ….we wear pink (a nod to our past school uniform), we enjoy roast lunch with pink pudding, we enjoy dragon stories and a treasure hunt!

It is always a fun day for the children and the team, but this year has been exceptionally poignant and memorable becuse the nursery celebrates it's 25th year - a special SILVER anniversary! Also, 30 years of Kindergarten dating back to the school, and 10 years since our Sticklepath Nursery opened!

We have a rich and precious heritage, in which we hold strong values to carry on traditions and treat these special moments with the upmost respect and sincerity that they deserve. We are proud to have continued the St. Michael's name and this is not done lightly or without paying such traditions justice.

St. Michael's Independent School was relocated from Sussex to Tawstock during the second World War. Reopening on Monday 8th July 1940, the school was the crowing jewel, set within 32 acres of woodland, majestically overlooking the Taw Valley. In the most recent years before closure, the school educated children up to the age of 13 years old.

The nursery however, was created by the vision of one special person who, in 1998, stood by the front door ready to welcome the first babies from 3 months old. That special person is Sarah Sexon and she continues to this day to lead the team, providing high quality childcare for over 110 families registered.

Sarah is a kind and compassionate manager with over 37 years expereince working at St.Michael's. She's always there to inspire and support the team and goes above and beyond the confines of her role. Deputy Manager Emma Hedge agrees stating "Sarah is St. Michael's! She is always supportive and enables us all to thrive."

The children have also shared their thoughts about Sarah....."My Sarah" "Sarah wears lipstick" "Sarah holds the door open."

We are forever grateful to our wonderful Directors, Gordon, Alan and Steve, (and Andy at the time), who came aboard in the rescue mission 10 years ago. They worked tirelessly to secure the nursery in those turbulent times and we celebrate today the beautiful brick building, stunning grounds, woodland area and huge car park that we call nursery. The Directors are so supportive, not only enabling us to continue to provide a high standard of childcare but also orchestrate a bigger picture of goals. These include becomming a 'Plastic Free' Nursery, investment in staff trainings, staff well being events and enhancement of the buildings and grounds. A very big thank you.

A massive thank you to the talented Emma Hedge for making us a very special strawberry sponge cake for the team and adorable mini pink sponge cupcakes for the children. Dragonflies and Kindergarten were treated to a beautiful picnic in the sunshine.

Thank you to Liz, our wonderful chef, for the most delicious roast lunch today. Thank you to the team for always being here with a smile, your care, attention and your enthusiasm for the day ahead and making the nursery what it is today.

Most of all thank you to the children, families and friends of St. Michael's past and present and choosing to be an important part of our rich history.

St. Michael’s nursery continues to thrive, providing a wide varierty of learning opportunities, amazing experiences, trips, activities and high quality care for children. We have many exciting plans in the pipeline including Nursery Rhyme Week, Christmas events and RHS Gardening Awards.

'Per Christum Vinces'


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