The Ark Nursery, which focuses on outdoor learning, celebrated its first year in business.

The nursery, which is located in the grounds of St George’s School, opened its doors to expand spaces available for zero to four-year-olds.

They were only able to provide childcare for three to four-year-olds in their previous setting.

“It has been an amazing year. We’ve welcomed lots of lovely new children and families to the nursery and had an “outstanding” Ofsted inspection which was really exciting,” said Jo O’Bryan-Tear, the owner, to Rutland & Stamford Mercury.

Mrs O’Bryan-Tear, opened the door to her first nursery, based in her basement, in 2000, before moving on to running the nursery in Foundry Road and then Kesteven Road.

Mrs O’Bryan-Tear acquired the funding for the new setting when the government introduced the plans to offer 30-hour free childcare.

“The Ark provides a homely environment. We follow the children’s lead and interests and celebrate that they are all unique individuals. Our staff make it a special place,” she said.

The Ark Nursery centres their attention on outdoor play and has a Forest School in Ketton. It lets children develop skills and understand risks.

“It instils an appreciation that we don’t need to rely on material possessions,” Mrs O’Bryan-Tear added.

The nursery celebrated their anniversary surrounded by friends, former staff and representatives from schools in town.

Story by: Rutland & Stamford Mercury

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