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Overhaul to give nursery a fresh start

from left, Nina Carberry, manager, Sara Mawdesley, Daniel Bissette and Nicola Carberry outside the former Willows Nursery on Sharoe Green Lane which is set to re-open as Puggles

from left, Nina Carberry, manager, Sara Mawdesley, Daniel Bissette and Nicola Carberry outside the former Willows Nursery on Sharoe Green Lane which is set to re-open as Puggles

A nursery school which had to close down after it was wrecked by vandals, will soon reopened after a full refurbishment.

Willows Nursery in Sharoe Green Lane, Preston, suffered more than £10,000 damage when toilets were broken, boilers ripped out, and fittings pulled apart in two attacks within a fortnight last year.

Now Martin Topp, who owned Willows with his ex-wife, has soley taken over the premises after a “very complicated few months financially and legally”, and will be reopening it as Puggles.

Some of the 20 staff who lost their jobs have been remployed, including Nina Carberry who will return as nursery manager.

Martin said: “We have employed staff that have a passion about their work and their interaction with the children.

“Our nursery will work closely with the parents ensuring this is a family orientated nursery, an extended family were parents feel happy to pop in, to interact but most of all feel happy about their children’s happiness, development and safety.”

The refurbishment includes a garden extension so that children can plant and grow their own foods.

A newly-appointed chef will also be showing older children simple cooking techniques using products they have grown.

Before the vandalism, Willows had been forced to temporarily close in August by Ofsted, to allow an investigation into concerns about the risk of harm to children.

Mr Topp said that he is now waiting for Ofsted to inspect the new nursery and hopes to be open to receive children a short time later.

He also said that parents angry about losing money paid upfront for care before Willows closed down needed to make contact with his ex-wife, who ran the business as a sole trader from 2013.

The two businesses are legally unrelated.

 

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