Outstanding nursery celebrates anniversary by opening community room on weekend

Outside at Bacup Nursery School Teaching Assistant and Forest School Leader Lisa Lucas tells the children a story around the fire. <i>(Image: Catherine Smyth Media)</i>
Outside at Bacup Nursery School Teaching Assistant and Forest School Leader Lisa Lucas tells the children a story around the fire. (Image: Catherine Smyth Media)

An outstanding nursery is celebrating the first anniversary of its community room by opening its doors on a Saturday.

Bacup Nursery School in Cowtoot Lane is tucked away off Blackthorn Lane, and offers education and extended services for children aged two to primary school age.

Headteacher Andrea Cooper said: “A week after half-term, we will be opening on Saturday February 25 from 10am to 2pm.

"This is to let the community and families come in to see just what happens in the nursery and what excellent facilities we have.

“From phonics to maths, story time to forest schools, visitors will see a school day in action and we have invited some of our current children and their parents to come in for an hour to have fun and be ambassadors and answer any questions our visitors may have.

Lancashire Telegraph: Isla-Mae Watts shows how to roll up ‘noodles’ at Bacup Nursery School.
Lancashire Telegraph: Isla-Mae Watts shows how to roll up ‘noodles’ at Bacup Nursery School.

Isla-Mae Watts shows how to roll up ‘noodles’ at Bacup Nursery School. (Image: Catherine Smyth Media)

“Farmer Terry Bork, from Animal Quackers, will also be around all day. He has close links with our school and regularly enriches our children’s learning and experience of animals.

“We are proud to be a nursery school in our own right and not attached to any primary school, in fact our leavers go to a wide range of schools in Bacup, Stacksteads, Whitworth and beyond.”

Former pupil Sam Aston, best known for playing Chesney in Coronation Street, said he will be popping in, providing his filming schedule permits.

Last year the nursery was graded outstanding by Ofsted for the fifth time and inspectors highlighted how the school goes above and beyond to assist disadvantaged families.

Lancashire Telegraph: Teddy Hall proudly shows off his Chinese Lantern
Lancashire Telegraph: Teddy Hall proudly shows off his Chinese Lantern

Teddy Hall proudly shows off his Chinese Lantern (Image: Catherine Smyth Media)

The community room has been used by hundreds of people. It provides a base for a well-attended free baby and toddler group every Monday from 12.30pm until 2.30pm, it has been used by Lancashire Adult Learning, Mums’ Matter, Rossendale Leisure Trust and children’s yoga.

It is free to use during school hours and has a separate entrance.

The space is also used to prepare nursery leavers for primary school by holding PE lessons so the children get used to independently changing into their kit.