Parents delighted as pre-schools receive facelift and new policies

Parents delighted as pre-schools receive facelift and new policies

Two pre-schools in Downend and Stoke Lodge have received praise from parents after a new management team implemented improved policies and invested in refurbishment for each setting.

The Bright Sparks pre-schools, located at Stanbridge Primary School and Stoke Lodge Primary School, changed hands earlier in the year and managers say the feedback from parents has been incredible.

The Stoke Lodge setting has expanded its remit and now caters for children from three-months old. The all-new baby room has recently been unveiled complete with new equipment.

The new baby room has been fully refurbished and filled with age-appropriate resources and educational play equipment. It also provides cots so babies can sleep during their nursery sessions.

The pre-school has also been renovated along with the Bright Sparks setting in Downend, which is currently only catering for children aged 2+.

Bright Sparks’ Managing Director, Vicky Ashbolt, said: “It is wonderful to unveil our all new baby room at our Stoke Lodge setting.  “We will be providing quality childcare for babies in the area, our dedicated baby team are fantastic at helping children to settle in our lovely home-from-home environment. We take pride in our caring approach to sleep, weaning, teething and everything else that comes with looking after babies and we will always take the parents’ lead on meeting their child’s individual needs.

“The new room is beautiful and is filled with really high-quality resources to encourage babies’ curiosity and imagination. We look to foster children’s intellectual, physical, emotional and social development in everything we do. We very much hope that expanding the age range we cater for will be of benefit to parents with older children at the pre-school or primary school, who will be able to access childcare all in one place.”

Both pre-schools have also introduced extended opening times, a flexible booking system and year-round provision to better suit the needs of local families and feedback from parents has been positive.

“Our all new flexible booking system will mean that busy working parents will be able to book the sessions they need for their little ones and our extended opening hours will help those who perhaps don’t work standard working hours,” said Vicky.  “We knew these new policies would go down well with parents but we had no idea we would receive the amount of positive feedback we have. The refurbishment of the settings has also been much appreciated. Each nursery feels much lighter and fresher and the children have enjoyed exploring the new resources. Attending nursery offers such great benefits for children including social, emotional, physical and educational development and for babies, who have unfortunately been growing up in lockdown, being amongst peers is a really important and lovely experience.”

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