Taywood Nursery School teaching assistant retires after 44 years in Burnley

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A nursery school teaching assistant from Burnley has retired after four decades of loyal service to the same organisation.

Mrs Liz Lupton has retired from Taywood Nursery School in Accrington Road where she has worked since 1986.

Liz, who qualified in 1980 and gained an Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education in 1997, spent 10 years of her career seconded to work for Sure Start providing parent courses and a play group.

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Liz has seen the nursery’s name change from Accrington Road Nursery School to Taywood Nursery School due to its amalgamation with Howard Street Nursery.

Former Taywood Nursery member of staff Liz LuptonFormer Taywood Nursery member of staff Liz Lupton
Former Taywood Nursery member of staff Liz Lupton

Liz said: “Nursery has been a massive part of my life. I’ve so many fabulous memories.”

Long-serving Liz who is married to Steve, with whome she has two daughters and four grandchildren, has been through two redundancy processes at the nursery and survived.

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She helped to celebrate the 80th and 85th anniversaries of the nursery which opened in 1932, and has worked under seven headteachers and a large number of fellow nursery nurses/teaching assistants.

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Colleagues said she is always there for everybody and prides herself on being fair. She enjoys helping her community, neighbours and friends.

Throughout her long career, she has seen many family generations come through the nursery doors. Liz is very well known for bringing her own stories in from home and making them come to life, always making the children laugh.

Colleagues also recently organised a surprise retirement party inviting past and present friends and colleagues. Liz had a fabulous time.

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