Rainbow children enjoy journeys of discovery from their own doorstep

Rainbows Pre-School learns about the fire service
Rainbows Pre-School learns about the fire service

Youngsters from Rainbows Pre-School in Garstang have enjoyed two special summer days out.

First they went on their annual visit to Garstang Fire Station.

Manager Frances Taylor said: “The children were very excited about it. We had a look at the uniform and fire fighting kit - they tried on hats and jackets, sat in the fire engine and had a talk about what the fire service do. It’s a hugely popular outing.”

The second journey was to watch butterflies, which the pre-school had nurtured from caterpillar stage, as part of a Spring and New Life topic, from caterpillar stage, take their first flight.

Mrs Taylor said: “The children have watched the development of caterpillars through to the cocoon stage and the emergence of the butterflies.

“The process took around four weeks and was fascinating for the children to experience. They were also able to examine the empty cocoons under a magnifier to see the delicate construction and patterns.

“Once the Painted Lady butterflies had emerged, the children released them in the school sensory garden and watched them fly away.”

Rainbows is celebrating its first year in its new home at Garstang Community Primary School and Frances said:”We have had a lovely first year. It’s been fantastic to be on the ground floor with outdoor play space and views across to the hills.

“It has been a very busy and successful first year developing the setting and we have been made most welcome by Mrs Reeves the head teacher, the governors, and staff in school.

“We feel very much part of the school community and children and staff are enjoying the improved facilities now available to us – particularly the huge scope for outdoor play which was problematic at our previous site.”

The pre-school was formerly based at the Garstang Community and Business Centre buildings on the town’s High Street.