A new ‘homely’ pre-school has opened in the Avenues

‘It’s important for us to give first class quality care to children and that is what we will do’

An Avenues nursery which has been nurturing children for 30 years has opened a new pre-school in a church hall.

Rainbows Nursery already has a centre in Salisbury Street, west Hull, but a second pre-school setting at St Ninian’s Hall in Chanterlands Avenue will open its doors on Monday.

The site, which used to be home to Victoria Play Pen Pre-School until its closure earlier this year, has undergone a huge makeover and can look after up to 36 youngsters.

Jenny Jenkinson is chief officer of Hull Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) who acquired Rainbow Nursery in 2012 to save it from going out of business. She is confident the new pre-school, which will operate during term-time, can be a success and cater for children in the community.

Mrs Jenkinson said:

It’s important for us to give first class quality care to children and that is what we will do. We bought the Salisbury Street site and we have really turned it round. Since then, we’ve been looking for a way to increase the service we can give. One of the problems we had was that we had a lot of teachers with children who wanted a term-time only service. The hall was being given up and they asked if we were interested. We went along, looked around and we immediately said yes.

After procuring the new hall, work began to modernise the premises and a number of extensive changes have been made to “bring it up to standard.”

Explaining the layout of the new look pre-school, Mrs Jenkinson said:

As you go into it, immediately to the right you have got the imagination play area. Then you’ve also got an around the world area and a construction area where children can play with bricks and learn dexterous type skills. There’s also a textiles area with different textures so it is all laid out well and there is a big creative station in the middle too. The doors will always be open too as much as possible so that they can go outside to play.

Shelley Hunt has been promoted from deputy manager of Rainbow Nursery to become the manager of the new pre-school.

She cannot wait for the new term to start and she wants as many parents as possible to get their little ones signed up.

Mrs Hunt said:

We’ve had it for about three months and it’s got to the point where myself and my colleagues have been going every day and I just want it open now with the children inside. It’s so homely, nice and clean and we’re doing transitions to nearby primary schools for once the children have finished. It’s really family orientated and we want parents to come along to have a look at what we’ve done with the place.

The new pre-school will be operating during term time between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

It can cater for children aged between three and five with fully funded places are available to children aged three and four.

Anyone who requires more information should contact Rainbow Nursery on 01482 448764.

Source:  The Hull Daily Mail