Swaffham Pre-School had a double reason to celebrate at an open day on Monday.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening the pre-school’s new building in the grounds of Swaffham Junior School in Brandon Road.
Staff and children also took the chance to highlight the “outstanding” grading which the pre-school received from Ofsted in September.
Manager Tina Grinsell said guests invited to join the celebrations included the Mayor of Swaffham, representatives of the Norfolk Early Years Team and Norfolk County Council, and local headteachers.
Maureen Rutland, who set up the original Swaffham Nursery Playgroup and was supervisor from 1971 to 1985, returned to cut the ribbon.
She said she was pleased to meet former pupils, some of whom were now mothers with children attending the present preschool.
“I still keep in touch with people and I loved going back. I enjoyed seeing the progress being made by the children,” she said.
Guests enjoyed a memorabilia display and Mrs Rutland presented the preschool with a book about its early history, including photographs of carnival parade floats and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.
Swaffham Pre-School was recently upgraded from good to outstanding after Ofsted found the quality of teaching was exceptional and pupils were making excellent progress.