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Erewash MP Visits Thriving Local Nursery Group

Maggie Throup MP visits Children 1st Day Nurseries to learn more about the company and meet its Founder who received OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.


Staff and children at Children 1st Day Nurseries were delighted to receive a visit from Maggie Throup MP for Erewash. Maggie visited company’s head office in Long Eaton before heading to one of the company’s outstanding day nurseries, Children 1st @ Derby Road to meet staff and children. 

The visit was prompted by the recent OBE award bestowed upon Children 1st founder Margaret Mason in The Queen’s Birthday Honours. The OBE for ‘Services to Education’ was awarded to Margaret in recognition of her tireless work in raising standards in early years education across the UK throughout her 60-year career.

As well as sharing some reminiscences about Margaret’s career, the visit provided the opportunity for informal discussions about the challenges and opportunities facing the nursery sector today.

The visit to Children 1st @ Derby Road in Long Eaton gave the Erewash MP an insight into what outstanding nursery provision looks like in practice. Margaret, along with Nursery Manager Kate Horsley, Senior Manager Heather Mayfield and Director Julia Mason provided the tour, during which Maggie was keen to meet the staff and chat to the children who proudly shared their activities.

Commenting on the visit Maggie said: “It’s a privilege to meet companies in Erewash who are leading the way in their sector and are an example of excellence at a local and national level. I have found the visit very informative and it’s been lovely to meet such dedicated professionals and wonderful children.”

Margaret who has been overwhelmed by the countless messages of congratulations resulting from the OBE award said, “It was a pleasure to welcome Maggie to Children 1st and I appreciate her taking time from her busy schedule to spend time with us. I am pleased that our local MP is keen to meet with businesses so they gain an understanding the issues being faced and see the excellent work being done by many firms in the district.”

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