An outstanding new addition...

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS       'Poppy Billington and Charla Law tend to the new flower beds at Barton Pre-School
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS 'Poppy Billington and Charla Law tend to the new flower beds at Barton Pre-School

YOUNGSTERS from Barton St Lawrence Pre-School invited their cuddly friends to join them for an afternoon of fun to celebrate the completion of their exciting new outdoor area.

Staff at the nursery, on Jepps Avenue, had organised a special Teddy bears’ picnic for the opening of the £24,000 landscaped area, built with the help and services of Barton Grange Garden Centre.

The new facility, to be used by both pre-school and reception children, includes a mini-road track, wooden playhouse, adventure playground and mini beast world and allotment.

The design also features a large canopied area for outdoor learning and activities.

Pre-school manager Sue Greenhalgh said: “It really is fantastic for the children.

“The staff, in partnership with Barton Grange, have been heavily involved in the ideas for the area and we’re thrilled with the results.

“It’s going to be a fantastic resource for the children and our new starters who will be joining in September.”

The completion of the outdoor project marks the end of a successful school year for the pre-school, who recently achieved an “outstanding” grade in their Ofsted inspection.

Praised for its indoor and outdoor facilities, special mentions were given to the areas which “provide an attractive, rich and stimulating learning environment.”

Inspector Denise Sixsmith said in her report: “The rich curriculum and positive staff modelling contributes greatly to children’s outstanding sense of wonder of the world around them, strong social skills, moral awareness and well-being.”