Pictured are Annabelle Blackwell, 2 and Theo Rex-Bowland, 1, with (l-r) Outgoing Owner Emma Acors, Bright Kids Head of Operations Emma Beard, Bright Kids Group Owner Tricia Wellings and Coughton Nursery Manager Josie Richardson (front).JPG

Press release from Bright Kids Nursery Group.

A leading local childcare provider is celebrating its latest enterprise, after acquiring a failing nursery – saving it from closure and protecting staff jobs and children’s spaces.

Bright Kids Nursery Group has welcomed its newest setting, the former Old School Nursery in Coughton, which recently faced closure following an Inadequate Ofsted rating.

Bright Kids Group Owner and Early Years entrepreneur, Tricia Wellings, decided to swoop in and claim the nursery in a bid to turn it around, following the success of her existing settings in Crabbs Cross, Studley and Northfield.

Bright Kids Coughton has now been added to the portfolio and the team is already busy implementing changes to bring it up to scratch with Ofsted, supported by outgoing owner Emma Acors, who will be joining the Bright Kids Team offering consistency to existing families.

Earlier this year Tricia picked up the Business Person of the Year accolade at Touch FM’s Pride of Stratford Awards.

She launched her flagship nursery, Bright Kids Studley, over 20 years ago, and since then has expanded the business exponentially.

Tricia also launched an Early Years training facility, MBK Training, in 2014 and subsequently a training products business, Foundation Focus – all of which operate from the group’s head office in Studley High Street.

The Old School Nursery has provided childcare services to the people of Coughton for nearly 10 years.

The Bright Kids team plans to bring all of the experience and expertise that it offers in its other settings to the nursery.

It will be introducing the Curiosity Approach, which is followed across the group, and offering training to the whole team.

The nursery has just registered with Ofsted and is expecting its first inspection anytime within the next 30 months.

All three of Bright Kids’ other nurseries are rated Good or better and the most recent inspection was in January 2018, when its Northfield setting obtained an Outstanding rating.

Tricia said: “It’s a very exciting time for us at Bright Kids. We are constantly on the lookout for new opportunities and when the chance to turn around an Inadequate setting, saving it from closure and protecting jobs and childcare spaces came along, I couldn’t resist. We’re very excited to introduce the systems and practices that make our other settings such a success and turn things around with Ofsted. Welcome to the Bright Kids family, Coughton!”

The Coughton Nursery offers quality childcare and pre-school education from 7.30am until 6pm. Flexible part-time hours and 2, 3 and 4-year-old funded places are also available, as well as breakfast, after school and holiday clubs.

For more information about Bright Kids Nurseries visit www.bright-kids.co.uk, email hello@bright-kids.co.uk or call 01527 452430. Or to arrange a visit at Coughton, contact Nursery Manager Josie on 01789 766040.

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