Little Stars, for two and three-year-olds, has been renamed Cubs & Kits Preschool Alnwick in line with a successful similar change at Berwick Children’s Centre.
The new name and image was launched with a ribbon-cutting by some of the children and nursery officer Wendy Robinson, followed by a children’s tea party.
The centre, on Howling Lane, is also constructing a new wild garden where the children will be able to have adventures.
The 12-place pre-school is run by Northumberland County Council. It received a good rating in a recent Ofsted inspection, during which it was observed that ‘good teaching systems are in place to ensure all children, including those with special educational needs/or disabilities, make good or better progress in their learning’.
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Inspectors said that there are ‘regular observations, assessment and tracking of children’s learning which helps staff to plan the next steps in their development’, and that ‘partnerships with parents are a particular strength, with parents commenting that staff go above and beyond what is expected of them’.
Vanessa Easton, early help locality manager (north) said: “Our whole ethos is about putting the children first.
“We strive to provide the best possible environment for the children to grow, develop and learn in and the centre has a fantastic reputation for providing a secure, supportive and nurturing early childhood environment.
“The nursery has now been open for 10 years so we felt the time was right to give it a fresh and vibrant identity to reflect the warm and friendly environment within the centre.”
Coun Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services at the county council, added: “This is an excellent facility, run by professional and caring staff and in which the children attending pre-school thrive. I’m sure under its new name and identity it will continue to go from strength to strength.”
A variety of funding opportunities are available for two, three and four-year-olds attending the nursery, including 30 free hours, voucher schemes and tax benefits, as well as wrap-around care.