A NURSERY is celebrating 30 years of helping generations of children have fun and develop.

First Class Day Nursery School in High Road, South Benfleet, had their 30th birthday this month.

Helen Bellany, manager at the nursery, reflected on the 30 years, saying: “I’ve been here over the last 20 years and it has been fantastic to see the nursery grow in that time.

“Throughout this, we have had some amazing achievements, like receiving an ‘outstanding’ from Ofsted and winning a business award.

“We are all excited to have another 30 years of success, we’re a family here.”

The nursery staff and children celebrated with a party and a birthday cake. Ginny Baker, proprietor at the nursery said: “We are so proud to have had the opportunity to have held their little hands and shaped the developing minds of two generations of children.”