Gain: £70,000 grant to help town youngsters
YOUNGSTERS in Lostwithiel and St Austell are set to benefit from improved facilities after a childcare provider secured a £70,000 grant.
Naturally Learning, which has nurseries in both towns, as well as in Charlestown, was awarded the money from Cornwall Council through a programme to "achieve two-year-old places in Cornwall through match funding".
It will be used to renovate Poltair Nursery in St Austell and also further develop provision at their Lostwithiel nursery, near St Winnow School.
"To find out we were successful in our grant application was the best Christmas present for us, the parents, the staff and of course the children," said Naturally Learning's co-director Judith Chapman.
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"Parents who already have children at Naturally Learning say it's a very special place, where children come first, and we want the environment to reflect that.
"The grant will enable us to develop the facilities at our Poltair nursery, giving the children more space and a safe, accessible kitchen area where they can prepare and bake the fresh fruit and vegetables we grow in the grounds."
Naturally Learning's third nursery in Charlestown, which has strong links with Charlestown Primary School, was renovated in the summer, and now offers a multisensory room for children of all ages, as well as a wide range of natural resources, a forest school and a permanent indoor sandpit.
"The grant will enable us to extend provision in all areas," said Mandy Richardson, co-director of Naturally Learning.
"This includes pre-school education and early years childcare, as well as specialist training for other providers."
Get Set For Growth business finance adviser Gregg Harding helped Naturally Learning secure the grant, working with them to submit a comprehensive application.
He said: "Naturally Learning is one of the region's fastest growing businesses, making a difference to children and families throughout the county with their excellent childcare.
"We were delighted to be able to support them in their grant application."
Work on the planned developments will begin this month and is not expected to interrupt provision of childcare for its children.