A MARCHINGTON nursery has enabled parents to spend time with their children during the school day.
The nursery at Smallwood Manor has held a Stay and Play morning for parents and children which coincided with the Harvest Festival celebrations, with the theme of autumn.
Attractions included a range of craft activities available for parent and child to enjoy together including creating woodland animals out of leaves or making hedgehog cakes using matchmakers for spikes.
Nursery manager Helen Griffith said: “Our Stay and Play event provided a lovely chance for parents to spend time with their children in the nursery environment.
“The children loved having parents around and it was a positive way of building relationships between home and the nursery setting.”
Smallwood’s commitment to learning through play supports the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to ensure activities engage, stimulate and challenge youngsters.
The nursery teaching is supported by extensive ambition in facilities.
So far 2013 has seen the launch of the new nursery garden, a custom-built natural play landscaping environment designed with pre-school children in mind.
It has been created by artists from specialist firm Infinite Playgrounds and offers a network of hills, tunnels and bridges, natural water play channels, bug den and pebble pits where nursery pupils can develop through active learning and imaginative play.