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Dedicated pre-school owner retires after 20 years

PUBLISHED: 16:30 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:53 16 February 2018

Julia on her last day at Tweenies. Picture: Julia Matton

Julia on her last day at Tweenies. Picture: Julia Matton

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A Bexleyheath pre-school owner has retired after 20 years of dedicated service.

Julia Matton and her twin sister Jacqueline Nokes in 2000. Picutre: Julia MattonJulia Matton and her twin sister Jacqueline Nokes in 2000. Picutre: Julia Matton

Julia Matton, who has lived in Bexley since 1985 and has been working in childcare for 23 years, officially retired from the well-established and inclusive school yesterday (February 15).

Tweenies pre-school, situated in Robert’s Hall to the rear of Christ Church in the Broadway, Bexleyheath, has been under ownership of Mrs Matton since 1998.

During her time there, she has helped thousands of local children aged between two and five to have the best start to their education - encouraging them to learn through play, explore, use critical thinking and be active and creative.

Through Tweenies, Mrs Matton has also helped to raise hundreds of pounds for a range of charities including NSPCC, Barnardo’s, Childline, Tommy’s, British Heart Foundation and Action for Medical Research.

Jacqueline Nokes, Julia’s identical twin sister, who had also worked at the pre-school since 1998, said: “It has been a pleasure working for Julia.

“She has been a fantastic employer for the past 20 years and under her management, Tweenies has felt like one big family.

“We all wish her a very happy early retirement and thank her for the time, support, dedication and love she has always shown her staff, as well as the parents and the children.”

Now 54, Mrs Matton is looking forward to her well-deserved early retirement.

Talking about her last day in a Facebook post, Mrs Matton said: “I have been privileged to have looked after your children, teaching them, playing with them, comforting them and making such lovely memories that I will always look back on with happiness.

“I have had a lovely last day and felt thoroughly spoilt and overwhelmed by my staff and parents who came in to see me to say goodbye.

“I will never forget what has been such a big part of my life.”

“I now leave you in the capable hands of Abie and my wonderful team, not as Tweenies, but still with the same care and compassion as always.

“I know Abie will run the pre-school with as much commitment and enthusiasm as I did and will continue to keep up its good reputation.

“Thank you everyone. Goodbye and best wishes to you all.”

Tweenies’ staff will continue to work at the site when it comes under new management from Monday February 19.

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