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Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust’s Nursery is officially open


The Trust Chair cuts the ribbon to declare the nursery openThe Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust’s purpose built nursery, First Steps, is officially open. The Trust Chairman, Angela Ballatti, opened the new nursery in a fun-filled eventcelebrating the achievement.


Work on First Steps, the first purpose built nursery for the children of hospital staff, began in 2010 with the official opening ceremony marking the culmination of months of hard work. The event was attended by staff involved in the project, parents, and children currently at the nursery. All the guests were treated to the children’s homemade goodies and entertained by a puppeteer!


The nursery, which caters for 102 children between the ages of three months and five years, is a self funding facility which not only covers all its own running costs, but also contributes to the costs of running the hospital, further improving patient experience.


(From Left to Right) HR Project Lead, Mark Gill, Childrens Services Manager, Kay Rosslee, Trust Chairman, Angela Ballatti, Director of Hr, Lynn Lane, and Nursery Manager, Marilyn Delve.The nursery has already received their first Ofsted report in which they were graded Outstanding; a remarkable achievement considering the nursery staff were maintaining ‘business as usual’ whilst moving into the new building. 


Angela Ballatti, Chairman, said: “The nursery allows Royal Devon and Exeter staff to focus on their working roles knowing their children are in a safe, stimulating environment.


“The facility is not only an advantage for current staff with childcare needs, but has also proven to be an attractive benefit to those professionals considering employment at the hospital. We are extremely proud of the new building which couldn’t have been achieved without the outstanding work of the project build team – Director of HR Lynn Lane, Mark Gill (HR Nursery Project Lead), Kay Rosslee (Childcare Service Manager) and Julie Blight (estates project officer) - the nursery staff and the support of the parents.”


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