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Pippins Nursery, based in White Colne near Colchester in Essex, celebrates 25th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 16:26 21 September 2017

Pippins Nursery in White Colne, near Colchester, is celebrating its 25th birthday. Pictured (l-r in both photos, 25 years before and after): Holly Winser, 27, Sally Scobie (nursery founder), Issy Scobie, 27 (daughter of Sally). Picture: PIPPINS NURSERY

Pippins Nursery in White Colne, near Colchester, is celebrating its 25th birthday. Pictured (l-r in both photos, 25 years before and after): Holly Winser, 27, Sally Scobie (nursery founder), Issy Scobie, 27 (daughter of Sally). Picture: PIPPINS NURSERY

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A north-east Essex pre-school has celebrated its 25th anniversary by recreating a photograph taken on one of its first days.

Pippins Nursery, based in White Colne near Colchester, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted since it opened in September 1992.

The nursery, officially named Pippins Montessori LLP, was founded by Sally Scobie, who was pictured on one of the pre-school’s first days with daughter Issy Scobie and fellow pupil Holly Winser, now both aged 27.

The trio met up at the pre-school 25 years later to recreate the photograph, to mark the milestone.

Mrs Scobie, who was joined by her business partner Anita Huckle in 2004, said: “Our continued success is down to adapting to meet the changes required to accommodate the needs of today’s parents and their children along, with the demands of successive governments”.

Children enjoy activities ranging from yoga and music to French and a fruit farm.

In 2011, the pre-school opened a baby room which accepts children aged from three months, extending the care offered until they leave at around the age of five.

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