Telford nursery wins national accreditation for Curiosity Approach

A Telford-based nursery chain has become the first business in Shropshire to win a national accreditation for the back to basics approach.

Mason Mullin, Jessica Wasteney, Lucy Shaw - ABC Day Nursery area manager, Skyrah Consul and Flyn Fitzpatrick
Mason Mullin, Jessica Wasteney, Lucy Shaw – ABC Day Nursery area manager, Skyrah Consul and Flyn Fitzpatrick

The Curiosity Approach to pre-school education was adopted by bosses at ABC Day Nursery in Lightmoor a year ago and this week received the news their hard work had paid off to be officially accredited.

The nursery chain is the first in the county to achieve the national accreditation and one of only 14 nurseries nationwide.

It has proved so successful it will now be rolled out further across the other three Ofsted Outstanding settings. Staff at ABC Hollinswood and ABC Hoo at Preston-upon-the-Weald Moors have already started implementing the approach.

Some other nurseries may follow the idea but are not be accredited by The Curiosity Approach.

The innovative idea to scrap plastic toys and replace them with real life items from around the home was the brainchild of Midlands nursery owners Lyndsay Hellyn and Stephanie Bennett.

Instead of playing with plastic blocks, tea sets, toy telephones, and a variety of other equipment children are given wooden blocks, real life blankets, china tea cups and saucers, and other household bric-a-brac. The aim is for children to use their imaginations more and learn how real objects feel and act.

ABC Lightmoor was the first nursery in Shropshire to adopt the Curiosity Approach in late 2017, since then staff have been amazed at the positive impact it has made.

Owner Penny Hustwick said she has always been fascinated by the new approach to playing and learning, and that it has proved a hit with the children.

“To receive this wonderful news that we are the first nursery in Shropshire to be officially accredited by The Curiosity Approach is wonderful news and is a testament to the hard work of all of my staff over the last 12 months.

“The approach has really given a wonderful homely feel and atmosphere to Lightmoor. The children absolutely love playing with the real household items – nursery really has become a home away from home for them,” said Penny.

“Myself and my staff have always found the approach fascinating and we are so pleased with the way parents and children have embraced the change too. We love seeing children develop here and the new way of playing where they are really encouraged to use their imaginations has enabled them to flourish and grow, it is a joy to see,” she added.

Lyndsey Hellyn, co-founder of The Curiosity Approach confirmed ABC Day Nursery in Telford was the first to be accredited in the county and one of only 14 across the UK.

Thanks to the success of the approach at Lightmoor, parents and children at ABC Hollinswood and ABC Hoo can now experience The Curiosity Approach for themselves. In order to provide as much equipment as possible nursery bosses are hoping parents may be able to donate household items to help create a homely play area for the children.

“We would be extremely grateful for anything parents are able to give, anything from old china tea cups and saucers, to blankets, bookcases, or old wooden toys are very much appreciated.

“We have been overwhelmed by parents and grandparents who have kindly made us equipment to support The Curiosity Approach out of logs and wood for indoor and outdoor use,” Penny said.

Shropshire Business News sponsored by...
Shropshire Live Business
The latest Shropshire business news from the Shropshire Live team. Send us your business news to business@shropshirelive.com. Interested in advertising with us from just £50 per week? Call Fiona on 01743 816 817 or email sales@shropshirelive.com.
- Advertisement -

Featured Articles

The Clive Arms

Farm to Fork Dining at its Best: The Clive Arms

The Clive Arms, just outside of Ludlow and part of the Earl of Plymouth's Oakly Estate has reopened following an extensive refurbishment, with a range of great new menus focusing on fresh and seasonal produce.
Visitors to Shrewsbury Food Festival will be able to watch demonstrations from food bloggers, top Michelin starred chefs and industry experts

Shrewsbury Food Festival returns for its seventh year

Shrewsbury Food Festival returns on the 29th and 30th June with 200 exhibitors, a bigger, better BBQ area, demonstrations, chef school, live music and lots of fun activities for kids.
Holding baby hand - Generic

Families affected by a birth injury suffer for life says a leading lawyer

Physical and psychological effects are lifelong and impact every area of a family’s life according to a birth injuries specialist.

Shrewsbury Acadamy one of three set to join Marches Academy Trust

Shrewsbury Academy, Grange Primary School and Longlands Community Primary School are set to join the Marches Academy Trust.

Telford landlord fined over false tenancies to dodge Council Tax

One of the directors of a Telford lettings agency has been fined for creating false tenancies to avoid paying council tax on empty properties.
Recent rainfall has meant Severn Park in Bridgnorth is not suitable for hosting this Sunday's event. Photo: Bridgnorth Town Carnival

Bridgnorth Town Carnival postponed following recent rainfall

Bridgnorth Town Council has postponed Bridgnorth Carnival which was set to take place this Sunday 23 June.
The 10K course takes runners through the town’s medieval streets and past some of Ludlow’s finest landmarks

Runners to take to the streets as Ludlow 10 returns this July

Runners will be taking to the streets of Ludlow on Saturday 13 July to take part in the third annual Ludlow 10 event.

Interview: Former Shrewsbury Town Defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff

In an exclusive interview, former Shrewsbury Town defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff looks back fondly at his time with the club.

Karol Jets is first signing for Telford Tigers 2 ahead of new season

Following the recent appointment of Dave Fielder as Telford Tigers 2 coach, the club has announced its first signing of the fast-approaching season.
- Advertisement -
Alison Bytheway and Kate Hearne are the new accounting solutions clerks at Dyke Yaxley Chartered Accountants in Shrewsbury

Alison and Kate join the Dyke Yaxley team

A Shropshire accountancy firm has welcomed two new accounting solutions clerks at its head office in Shrewsbury.
Stuart Perry, Creative Director at M3

Sehr gut! M3 roars forward with German wildlife attraction win

A Shropshire full service advertising agency has cast aside Brexit uncertainty to secure a major project for one of Germany’s leading wildlife attractions.
Sandy Olivir, activities coordinator at Coverage Care’s Lightmoor View home, is pictured with event promoter Nick Jeggo at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Shropshire care home provider backs major bike event

A Shropshire care home provider is supporting veteran cyclists after sponsoring one of the UK’s most unique cycle events.
Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 29 June. Photo: ©UK MOD Crown Copyright 2019

SSAFA Shropshire to mark Armed Forces Day 2019

A team of SSAFA volunteers will be hitting the streets of Shrewsbury later this month for Armed Forces Day, raising vital funds to aid the work they do.
FSC Chairman Professor Desmond Thompson is awarded The CIEEM Medal for his outstanding and life-long contribution to nature conservation and upland ecology

FSC chairman awarded top environmental accolade

The chairman of one of the UK’s leading environmental education charities is to be added to an A-list of highly influential ecologists.
Author Dave Courteen with a copy of More To Gain Than Just The Game at The Shrewsbury Club

Tennis stories the inspiration for stylish new book

A new book which combines inspirational first-hand tennis accounts with stunning photography is published this week.
- Advertisement -
Carnival King and Queen, Tommy Hughes and Amy Hampson

West Felton gears up for Carnival fun

A fun-packed spectacular is once again set to hit the streets of West Felton on Sunday 14 July 2019. Carnival King and Queen, Tommy Hughes and Amy Hampson The carnival...
Telford's Got Talent

Telford’s Got Talent final this weekend

The Telford’s Got Talent finals take place this weekend with thirteen acts battling it out this weekend to be crowned Telford’s Got Talent Winner 2019.
One of the Shire Horses at the event will be the Duchess

Shire horses from bygone era will be on display at Shropshire Vintage Show

The final preparations are taking place ahead of the 32nd annual Shropshire Vintage Show next month and some of ‘vintage vehicles’ on display will include 10 ‘heavy’ horses.
The Clive Arms

Farm to Fork Dining at its Best: The Clive Arms

The Clive Arms, just outside of Ludlow and part of the Earl of Plymouth's Oakly Estate has reopened following an extensive refurbishment, with a range of great new menus focusing on fresh and seasonal produce.
Visitors to Shrewsbury Food Festival will be able to watch demonstrations from food bloggers, top Michelin starred chefs and industry experts

Shrewsbury Food Festival returns for its seventh year

Shrewsbury Food Festival returns on the 29th and 30th June with 200 exhibitors, a bigger, better BBQ area, demonstrations, chef school, live music and lots of fun activities for kids.
Jason Bradley, the owner of Bradley’s Butchers & Delicatessen, with, left, Helen Bourne, property manager for TSR, and Amie Barter, agency surveyor for TSR, who handled the letting of the premises

New butchers and delicatessen opens in Shrewsbury

A new butchers and delicatessen has opened its doors in Shrewsbury. next to the town’s busy Column roundabout.
- Advertisment -

Featured Articles

Weather

Shropshire
shower rain
16.9 ° C
19.4 °
14.4 °
72 %
2.6kmh
40 %
Tue
13 °
Wed
15 °
Thu
15 °
Fri
15 °
Sat
17 °
- Advertisment -
- Advertisment -

Latest Articles

- Advertisment -