Our Nursery

Vegetable packing shed pre Country Kids

 

Country Kids Day Nursery started life as a vegetable packing shed and seed potato store.  Poor prices for produce on Seaview Farm coupled with limited chance of expanding the farm led Ian and Lisa to think about diversifying into an on-farm business which would have no direct reflection on agricultural returns.  After 2 years of research, in May 2004 renovation work began to transform this building into a new, purpose designed children’s nursery.  This idea seemed like a natural progression for Seaview Farm with Ian being the farmer and Lisa, a qualified teacher.

 

 

 

 

Country Kids today

 

Country Kids opened in September 2004 being registered for 35 places.  It operates from a state of the art barn conversion, which has been thoughtfully designed to create a unique approach to childcare.  The spacious building has extensive natural light and imaginative décor to provide a stimulating and fun home from home environment for children to learn and develop.  It has various units for babies, toddlers, pre-school and after-school children.  All rooms have easy access to the extensive outdoor play areas and the children have opportunities to visit and learn about the farm animals.

 

 

 

 

By the summer of 2007 an extension to the baby room was underway to meet the demand.  This doubled the space for babies to 18 places.  The baby unit was then split into Babies Room and Tots Room with the Tots being well on their feet and a lot more adventurous.  Another extension took place during the summer of 2010 to the Pre-School Room upstairs.  This allowed the numbers to be increased from 12 to 20 and also provided accommodation for the establishment of Country Kids Pre-School, a government funded pre-school unit.

 

A major extension was ongoing during the summer of 2011 to provide a new building specifically for pre-school and after school.  This is situated alongside the original nursery building and will benefit from state of the art resources and very importantly, its own road safety area and an outdoor play area.

During the setting up and running of Country Kids Day Nursery we used Carol Cooper’s Ultimate Coneygarth Package. It proved invaluable and provided us with vital policies and procedures, record sheets and much much more.  To learn more about starting your own childcare business click here …