Anticipated nursery to open its doors

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A brand new purpose-built one-of-a-kind children’s day nursery is due to open its doors on 1st November 2014 in the village of Over Peover, just outside of Knutsford.

Local brothers, Michael and Andrew Irlam, have embarked on this exciting venture together after identifying the need for a high-quality childcare setting to provide for the village and surrounding vicinity. The nursery will cater for children from birth to the age of 5.

Farm building specially converted

The building is a complete conversion of an old disused farm building which is surrounded by ample landscaping; providing the perfect location for a sizable nursery and space to create an impressive outdoor area.

The children will also have access to a natural woodland area and a petting zoo with different animal friends coming to visit on a daily basis.

Andrew says, “It was the perfect opportunity to add another dimension to the village. It is the ideal setting for a childcare facility in the countryside; where we can provide a gateway to the great outdoors – a place where children can grow, learn and thrive in a unique setting.”

Putting a team together 

Plan of what building will look like
Plan of what building will look like

Andrew, together with brother Michael, have been local to Over Peover since they were born. They have appointed Becky Bugg to be the Nursery Manager of Kids’ Country. Becky is a fully qualified and experienced Nursery Manager and has worked with children for over a decade.

Becky says, “I am absolutely thrilled to be on board and I am really looking forward to this exciting adventure. Childcare is my passion and I am feeling very privileged to be playing such a huge part in the set-up of Kids’ Country.”

Making headway with construction

Farm animals will form a part of the nursery outdoor area
Farm animals will form a part of the nursery outdoor area

The construction work is currently underway and behind the scenes, the team are making big plans for the learning environments including the outdoor space.

Michael says, “Kids’ Country will have some inspiring unique aspects that children and parents alike will love. We are putting a huge emphasis on outdoor play. Children will also have direct access onto their own age/stage appropriate play area adjacent to their playrooms which will also be kitted out with stimulating resources and equipment.”

For more information you can email becky@kidscountry.co.uk or visit www.kidscountry.co.uk to find out more.


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4 thoughts on “Anticipated nursery to open its doors

  • July 29, 2014 at 7:28 am
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    Congratulations to Andrew and Michael Irlam; I wish them good luck with their exciting new venture. I endorse their ethos and approach to child care as high quality learning experiences are extremely important in the Early Years. The environment plays a huge part in that; regulating emotional and physical health, fuelling imagination and generating a thirst for knowledge. As someone that has invested a great deal of time, effort and money developing a similar facility, I appreciate that it takes a real passion and commitment to aim for the highest quality child care; but it’s no less than children deserve.

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  • July 29, 2014 at 7:28 am
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    Congratulations to Andrew and Michael Irlam; I wish them good luck with their exciting new venture. I endorse their ethos and approach to child care as high quality learning experiences are extremely important in the Early Years. The environment plays a huge part in that; regulating emotional and physical health, fuelling imagination and generating a thirst for knowledge. As someone that has invested a great deal of time, effort and money developing a similar facility, I appreciate that it takes a real passion and commitment to aim for the highest quality child care; but it’s no less than children deserve.

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  • July 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm
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    This is not the first nursery to be located on a farm. I opened my nursery in 1990. The children have access to ten acres of garden, orchard, woodland and fields. They look after animals (pet and domesticated) and fowl – they observe their habits, learn how to respect them, feed, clean them out, repair and paint their pens. Build dens, fire pits, climb trees etc. Learn how to problem solve, assess risks, work together as a team and about the cycles and rhythms of the natural world. We hold a sheep shearing morning once a year. We have won many awards for our work. We would be very happy to share our knowledge with Michael, Andrew and Becky.

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    • August 4, 2014 at 8:30 am
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      Hi Patricia,
      We are not saying we are the only setting to be opened on a farm. By ‘one-of-a-kind’ we mean we are a stand-alone setting; not part of a chain. In the area in which we are located, we are rather unique in comparison to other nurseries. There are no other settings close by that carry these features, which is why the venture is very exciting for us. Of course, on a national scale, there are bound to be other nurseries that have similar ethos and facilities and we are very much interested in working with such settings and forming strong links with them. Please email me and we can take it from there! Many thanks 🙂

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