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Early Christmas gift for Natural learners in St Austell and Lostwithiel

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 15, 2013

EARLY LEARNERS:  Children from Naturally Learning.

EARLY LEARNERS: Children from Naturally Learning.

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YOUNGSTERS in St Austell and Lostwithiel are set to benefit from improved facilities after a childcare provider secured a £70,000 grant.

Naturally Learning, which has nurseries in both towns, as well as one in Charlestown, was awarded the money by Cornwall Council.

It will be used to renovate Poltair Nursery in St Austell and also further develop provisions at the Lostwithiel nursery, near St Winnow School, a spokesman for the nursery said.

"To find out we were successful in our grant application was the best Christmas present for us, the parents, the staff and, of course, the children," said Naturally Learning's co-director Judith Chapman.

"Parents who already have children at Naturally Learning say it's a very special place, where children come first, and we want the environment to reflect that.

"The grant will enable us to develop the facilities at our Poltair nursery, giving the children more space and a safe, accessible kitchen area where they can prepare and bake the fresh fruit and vegetables we grow in the grounds."

Naturally Learning's third nursery in Charlestown, which has strong links with Charlestown Primary School, was renovated in the summer and now offers a multisensory room for children of all ages, as well as a wide range of natural resources, a forest school and a permanent indoor sandpit.

"The grant will enable us to extend provision in all areas," continued Mandy Richardson, co-director of Naturally Learning.

"This includes pre-school education and early years childcare, as well as specialist training for other providers."

Get Set For Growth business finance adviser Gregg Harding helped Naturally Learning secure the grant, working with them to submit a comprehensive application.

He said: "Naturally Learning is one of the region's fastest-growing businesses, making a difference to children and families throughout the county with its excellent childcare.

"We were delighted to be able to support them in their grant application and are extremely proud of their achievement."

Work on the planned developments will begin this month and is not expected to interrupt provision of childcare for its children.

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