A NEW nursery has celebrated its first Christmas by joining forces with the older children on a festive production.

The nursery, which officially became part of Verwood Church of England First School in September, has since had £15,000 worth of extension improvements and new teaching staff.

And now the little ones at the nursery are looking forward to being part of the bigger school’s Christmas production.

Head teacher Adam Parsons said: “We have had a wonderful first term with Verwood Nursery being part of our family.

“The nursery staff are now school staff and are fully committed to the values and vision of the school.

“The nursery is also headed by April Bagwell, a qualified teacher, and we are really fortunate to have her lead this setting.”

He added: “There are so many benefits about being part of the school, not least being able to get all the children together for our Christmas production.

“The younger children eat in our hall daily and use all the facilities - they are very much part of us now and the transition to ‘big school’ should be very easy.”

The nursery, which caters for children aged two to four, has its own garden, a mud kitchen, a play house, sand and water play tables, a construction area and a small adventure play area.