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Preston’s little ones made a big entrance at their brand new nursery and pre-school in Fulwood.
Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers have started at Fern Bank Private Day Nursery on Sharoe Green Lane, which opened its doors in September.
The Ofsted registered nursery and pre-school - situated directly opposite Preston College - provides care and Early Years education to children aged 0 - 5.
Fern Bank has been completely refurbished to include ICT equipment, art stations, roleplay areas, cosy dens, an indoor sandpit, a mini-kitchen and exciting outdoor play areas.
Despite the chilly weather, the children have been having lots of fun in the nursery’s gardens, exploring tunnels and an enchanted cabin, as well as a sandpit, bug hotel and water wall.
Fern Bank - which is part of the Just Childcare family of day nurseries - is the latest nursery in Preston to take part in the 30 hours free childcare scheme, giving working families access to free childcare.
The nursery consists of one building specially designed for babies and a separate pre-school building, where the older children prepare for primary school with exciting learning activities.
Jacqueline Johnson, Managing Director at Just Childcare, said:
“The children have had a very busy month making friends and forming bonds with the Fern Bank team.
“It’s been a very exciting time at the nursery as lots of families have registered their children with us already, with more children joining us in the coming months.
“The interest in Fern Bank has been phenomenal and it’s been fantastic welcoming so many local families to our nursery.
“We do still have some spaces available, so if any more families would like to pop in to take a look around they are very welcome to come in without an appointment.”
As well as newly refurbished pre-school and baby rooms, Fern Bank boasts an exciting Jungle Room and a brand new kitchen, where the children’s healthy seasonal meals are freshly prepared each day.
The qualified nursery team hold NVQs in Childcare, paediatric first aid certificates, safeguarding training and enhanced DBS checks.
For added security the nursery also has secure door entry systems and CCTV throughout the building.