Little Rising Stars in Liskeard is going from strength to strength under new leadership. It now has two new owners – Suzanne and Andrew Urie – who were originally home-based childminders in Milton Keynes. The pair has received three previous ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted and earlier in the year they made the move to Cornwall to take on a nursery.
“The nursery is situated in a beautiful old house in central Liskeard, and it is based over two floors with an outside play area,” said Suzanne.
“There is free flow for all the children as to where they want to play. We operate a mixed-age range learning environment – our ethos being that whatever age or stage of ability, children learn from and like to play with each other. We do have a designated under twos area, though, if the littler ones need some space and quiet away from the older children.”
They have brightened the rooms and the setting has a sensory room, an art room, a cosy book room and an ‘imagination room’.
The nursery also has a dedicated dining room where children can make meals together and eat; there is also a sleeping room with CCTV.
The couple has said how the local community has made them feel very welcome and they have worked hard to create new connections.
“We entered a Little Rising Stars float into the Liskeard Carnival this summer, which was a fantastic experience for all the staff and children,” said Suzanne.
“We go to the library for story time each week, and we have just established a link with Kilmar House Residential Care Home. We take the children on a weekly basis to play with and chat to the residents, and we have found that being together enhances the wellbeing of both the children and the older people.”
The nursery has flexible contracts for parents. It is open 51 weeks of the year, 5 days a week, from 7:30 am to 6 pm. Parents are able to choose if they want their child to be term time, full time or have part-time care by the hour.
“We have a team of seven staff who are all enthusiastic and dedicated key workers and qualified to meet the needs of the children–- they are all local to Liskeard and mainly parents themselves, meaning they understand childcare from a family perspective,” said Suzanne.
“We actively promote parental involvement, through information sharing, parents evenings, online learning journals, and if they wish, by helping out in the nursery.”