A childcare provider in Eccleston has been voted National Day Nurseries Association’s Nursery of the Year.
Jigsaw Curzon House Day Nursery scooped the north of England title before their national success was revealed at the NDNA Nursery Awards.
Representatives of the nursery received their accolade from the awards host, pop star and TV presenter Toyah Willcox, at the ceremony at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
Scores of parents wrote glowing testimonies to help Jigsaw Curzon House claim victory.
The awards, supported by Hope Education and Christie and Co, are in their 11th year and saw more than 200 nurseries registering and more than 7,000 parent votes cast.
Claire Taylor, nursery manager, of Jigsaw Curzon House said: “This is fantastic news and so exciting for all of us. We are delighted.”
The nursery was opened 16 years ago by Claire Taylor, who was determined to pursue her passion for early years provision.
It’s in a converted house, surrounded by gardens, and has an out-of-school facility in a converted double decker bus situated in the nursery grounds.
The judges, supported by Netmums, were impressed by the whole package – from the care it takes to be inclusive for children with intensive needs, to how well the children are looked after by ‘fully engaged’ staff.
Children go swimming at the hotel next door, take trips to the shops and even the theatre.
In the gardens, they build with real bricks and wet sand, look after their bug hotel and visit the newts, tadpoles and frogs in their pond.
They look after the guinea pigs they chose themselves and invite parents over for fun days and sleepovers with camp fires.
Mealtime menus are world-themed and an opportunity to play music from other countries and talk about different people, climates and cultures.
NDNA chief executive, Purnima Tanuku OBE, said: “This is a brilliant achievement. The team at Jigsaw Curzon House is a great example of the amazing, inspirational work happening in our sector every day.”
During the voting process, one parent wrote: “Staff couldn’t do enough to accommodate my severely disabled daughter’s needs. They totally deserve this award.”
Another added: “Not only does the nursery stimulate my son with creative play and exercise but they use the surrounding gardens to create active areas of interest and learning, including a fantastic pond with all its wildlife.”
A third simply said: “My son shouts: ‘Nursery! Yeah!’ every morning when we pull into the car park.”