NatWest helps Merseyside nursery provider open second site

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NatWest helps Merseyside nursery provider open second site

Nursery provider Small Wonders Day Care Nursery Ltd has opened its second site after securing funding from NatWest commercial banking.

The new nursery, which has opened in Thatto Heath, St Helens, is fully Ofsted registered and capable of accommodating up to 84 children aged three months to five years old. It also features an enhanced activity centre specifically designed to cater for children and young people with additional needs.

Owner Paul McKeown established the original business in 2009 with the opening of a nursery in Haydock. Following the launch of Small Wonders in St Helens, the business now employs more than 25 childcare professionals across its two sites, including, an early years professional and qualified teachers.

The new nursery includes several innovative areas to help children develop including its own greenhouse and allotment, a woodland-themed outdoor space, a sensory room and separate sleeping areas. It also operates a guardian system to help each child settle into the nursery.

In addition to core nursery and childcare facilities, Small Wonders in St Helens also provides a breakfast, afterschool and holiday club activities for children aged five to eight years old.

Hayley Emery, nursery manager said "In order for us to provide the best service possible, we believe that we should become integrated within the community offering a wide range of facilities that contribute to the overall well being of the child. We want Small Wonders to be a family brand"

Paul McKeown, owner of Small Wonders Day Care Nursery, said: "The new nursery has been designed specifically with children's learning and development in mind and aims to provide them with a stimulating area that encourages the development of social skills and independence. Our main goal is to create a learning environment that will make them happy and well adjusted."

NatWest's commercial banking team in Liverpool provided funding to help Paul purchase the St Helens property. Barrie Keeble, Business Development Manager at NatWest, "Paul and the rest of his team have already established a nursery with high occupancy levels thanks to the quality of care and facilities they offer. The new St Helens nursery is based upon the same principles and we are happy to provide financial support for this project."

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