A SIX-figure sum has been invested in a prominent Aberdeen pre-school nursery to further enhance the early learning experience for city youngsters.
More than £250,000 has been ploughed into renovations and an extension at Clockwork Pre-School Nursery creating new indoor and outdoor space at the premises on Nigg Kirk Road in Altens.
Established in 2005, the privately run nursery, which is owned and managed by Jill Clark and her father, businessman Jim Clark, acquired 0.5 acres of land surrounding the premises from Aberdeen City Council to develop additional, secure outdoor play areas. The premises expansion has created an additional ten nursery places.
In addition, a new office space has been built at the nursery, along with a secure buggy park. The internal renovations have seen new flooring and furniture fitted throughout the two-storey building.
Childcare director at Clockwork Pre-School Nursery, Ms Clark, said: “The investment in the business ensures that we continue to provide a first-class happy, caring, safe and stimulating environment.
“It’s important that we operate under strict guidelines at all times and enhancing and upgrading the facilities regularly is a major part of our commitment to childcare in Aberdeen city and the children in our care.”
Ms Clark, 36, has more than 20 years experience in childcare, and her 21-strong team also boasts years of experience and knowledge of working with pre-school children aged 0-5 years.
After purchasing the nursery in 2005, Ms Clark renovated the second floor of the building to provide separate accommodation for pre-schoolers, allowing the ground floor to accommodate babies up to the age of two years and a toddlers’ area for two-to-three year-olds.
With the recent land acquisition, the new garden space has been divided to allow babies and toddlers to play and learn separately from pre-schoolers.
The nursery has also been working with the local woodland community ranger to teach the youngsters about flora and fauna.
Furthermore, the children benefit from a nearby allotment in which they learn about growing their own vegetables, plants and flowers.
Ms Clark and her team have a strong ethos on outdoor learning. She said: “We believe that children should be able to play outside every day. We provide bright and warm all weather clothing for all of our children to enable them to get fresh air whatever the weather, rain or shine.”
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