Nursery tots up the benefits

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With applications now open for pre-school admissions in Aberdeenshire, one local nursery is keen to make the most of its unique location as a benefit for children and parents alike.

Family-run Banbury Cross Nursery, located in Blackdog just outside Bridge of Don, is a ‘partner provider’ for Aberdeenshire Council and is allocated funding for children who receive pre-school education. As well as being well placed for commuters heading in or out of Aberdeen on the A90, the nursery’s location means that it is close to the local park, a woodland walk area and the beach, allowing the children to benefit from opportunities for outdoor play and discovery.

“As part of the nursery’s service agreement with Aberdeenshire Council, we are required to deliver a high standard of pre-school education to the children in our setting” says Nursery Manager Lisa Duncan, who owns the nursery together with her sister, Business Manager Kellie Duncan. “This is monitored and supported by our development worker and early years co-ordinating teacher who work for Aberdeenshire Council.”

The bright, spacious nursery, which can provide care and education for up to 41 children aged from 3 months to 5 years, has three different playrooms. ‘Caterpillars’, or children aged between 0-2 years, have their own room where they have the opportunity to explore a range of fun activities set out daily. Once more mobile and confident, children aged 2-3 move onto the ‘Grasshoppers’, which is also run in accordance with the pre-birth to three guidelines set by the Scottish Government. For the ‘Butterflies’, or children between 3-5, the children have a larger room and a busy atmosphere, which helps them become more independent in preparation for the transition to school.

“We recognise the importance of providing quality pre-school care and education”, says Lisa, “We are committed to providing a stimulating and challenging environment which will help develop and broaden the children’s learning experiences, and offer a range of experiences which cover all of the curriculum areas and provide opportunities for developing skills for life.”