Staff at a leading Wrexham nursery have welcomed the town’s Assembly Member Lesley Griffiths to their state-of-the-art facilities.
Ms Griffiths visited the Little Scholars Nursery, on Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Plas Coch campus, after the nursery and its staff were praised by Care Inspectorate Wales and education and training inspectorate Estyn.
During the visit, she met with staff at all levels of the nursery including Director Rebecca Mottram and Wrexham Glyndwr University Professor Emeritus Karen Graham – who spoke at the launch of Welsh Government’s Early Childhood and Care approach last month.
She was also keen to hear more about the recent Estyn report for Little Scholars, which saw staff praised for their work with the children at the nursery.
The report states: “Leaders provide children with a well decorated environment which takes in to account the interests of the children with plenty of facilities to enhance their wellbeing and learning successfully.
“Leaders provide a range of good quality, developmentally appropriate play and learning resources. For example, practitioners promote children’s curiosity and problem solving skills through the use of ‘loose parts play’ where natural and recyclable materials can be moved around and used in endless ways.
“The setting has a wide range of low level furniture and resources that practitioners use effectively to enhance children’s learning. For example, different sized planters enable all children to reach inside to plant and grow their own vegetables.”
Rebecca Mottram, Director of Little Scholars, said: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome Lesley Griffiths at this very exciting time for early childhood education and care in Wales.
“It was great to not only show her the facilities and to discuss our Estyn report, but also to talk about our links with education and other degree programmes at Wrexham Glyndwr University and the work which were are doing with them.”
And Lesley Griffiths AM added: “Little Scholars Nursey is such a bright, modern facility and the dedicated staff provide a fantastic service to parents in Wrexham.
“There was a really positive atmosphere and it was lovely being able to spend time with lots of happy children.
“Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome and congratulations once again to Rebecca and her team on their recent Estyn inspection report.”
Little Scholars Nursery is open both to Wrexham Glyndwr University staff and students and to the wider Wrexham community and is safely and conveniently located in the Centre for the Child, Family and Society on the university’s Plas Coch campus near Wrexham Town Centre.
To find out more about the nursery, visit: http://www.activechildcare.co.uk/little-scholars-nursery.html