‘Unbelievable response’ at unique nursery

Emma Rathbone is setting up a forestry nursery school called Little Explorers
Emma Rathbone is setting up a forestry nursery school called Little Explorers
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The first dedicated forestry nursery school on the Fylde coast is holding an open day later this month.

Little Explorers Nursery, run by teacher sisters Emma Rathbone, 36, and Amy Crook, 33, promises to build children’s knowledge of the outside world through hand-on woodland experiences.

Animals from Farmer Parr’s will be at the nursery, in West Drive, Thornton, from 10am until noon on Saturday, March 19.

The open event will be held from 10am until 3pm.

Emma, who quit her job as deputy headteacher at Charles Saer Community Primary School in Fleetwood to chase her dream, said the response from the community has been ‘unbelievable’.

The nursery promises to build children’s knowledge of the outside world through hand-on woodland experiences.

Twelve jobs have been created at the nursery, which will have an outdoor mud kitchen, huge sand pit with a platform and pulleys and a digger, a ‘water wall’, woodland climbing area, and outdoor stage.

The garden will also feature a full-size safari jeep, and a gardening and vegetable area.

The nursery’s interior will have a woodland theme, as well as high-tech smart boards and iPads.

Staff will also walk youngsters to nearby Tower Woods on a weekly basis so they can climb trees, splash in puddles, and build rope swings.