Collingham childminder retires after nearly 40 years
A childminder has retired after nearly 40 years of providing care to hundreds of youngsters.
After over 35 years of childminding, Judith Wilcox of Collingham, had a surprise party thrown in her honour at the Collingham Cricket Club.
More than 100 guests came to the event to celebrate Judith’s career, with many of those attending being former children she had looked after.
Judith was closely involved with John Blow Primary School and is a familiar figure in the playground.
Families were keen to express their praise and gratitude to Judith and spoke of the huge difference she had made to their children’s lives and education.
Ruther Carver, one of the many parents attending, said: “There is a whole generation of kids, my children included, that have had happier and more secure childhoods as a result of her hard work; after taking care of hundreds of children over three decades, I know she’ll be very much missed.”
Judith’s husband, Guy Wilcox (pictured with Judith) said: “Judith has been an inspiration to myself and our children Tessa, Leigh, Oliver and Josh.
“Managing to raise four children while providing outstanding childcare to hundreds of Collingham’s young children is an incredible thing.
“Many people remark at the energy and dedication she has shown in raising kids from babies to starting school age and beyond.
“She has always gone above and beyond in carrying out all the extra-educational activities, while maintaining her beaming smile and positive energy.
“She deserves her retirement more than anyone and I’m so proud of what she has achieved, she’s an inspirational woman.”