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Session 2: The missing babies

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There is a photograph of a grassy area with a tree and sticks made into a den. The text underneath reads: Headteacher’s Welcome. Welcome to Rachel McMillan Nursery School and Children’s Centre. We are a Local Authority Maintained School. Opened in 1914 we are thought to be the fist ‘Open Air’ Nursery School in England. Our founders, Margaret and Rachel McMillan believed children learn best if they are healthy and active. They encouraged the children to be out in the fresh air for most of the day. The children at Rachel McMillan still do most of their learning outside, no matter the weather! The McMillan sister’s ideas about early childhood education continued to be followed and talk about across the world. Our atmospheric classrooms (know as ‘Shelters’) were built to create a village feeling and are located in a large, lovely, semi-wild garden, known to many of our families and visitors as the secret garden of Deptford! It is a wonderful space to be a child, encouraging curiosity, exploration and wonder.