More spaces, more jobs at nursery

Staff and children at Town and Country Kiddies in the garden of their new building.
Staff and children at Town and Country Kiddies in the garden of their new building.

EIGHTEEN new jobs are set to be created in Market Rasen after a £250,000 expansion of a children’s nursery.

Town and Country Kiddies, in Kilnwell Road, is taking over former children’s home Ashleigh House to provide 66 extra childcare places – this will more than double its number of spaces and dramatically reduce a waiting list which has 71 names on it.

The nursery, set to open in the spring, will create various jobs including catering positions and nursery nurse roles – and all building refurbishment work will go to firms from Market Rasen and surrounding villages.

The new nursery will run a special Forest Schools curriculum based on outdoor learning, which Town and Country Kiddies managing director Louise Davies says will “put Market Rasen on the map.”

And the extra places will mean Market Rasen does not see the expected shortage of childcare spaces predicted for two to three years’ time.

Ms Davies said: “It will be great to put a really good building back into community use. So few places in the county have Forest Schools on site so it will put Market Rasen on the map and attract families into the area.

“Research shows children learn better this way but to do this curriculum you have to have an open outdoor space – it’s all about exploring open space and learning from nature and this building has a very large and natural garden.

“A lot of children in Market Rasen have no garden or limited outside space so it’ll be great for them.”

The building – opposite the existing nursery – will be named Chestnut House after a tree in garden. The nursery will also change its opening hours to 7am-7pm to meet the Government’s plans to provide flexible childcare.

Market Rasen parent Naomi Jones said: “Children will enjoy playing in the garden with the willow tree and the leaves and the many experiences the environment can offer.”