Lancashire families to benefit as charity opens nursery for children with additional needs

Posted on - 17th September, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Education, People, Preston News, Schools, South Ribble News
Pic: Rainbow Hub Nursery

A new nursery for children with additional needs is opening in Mawdesley this October to serve families across Lancashire.

On 4 October 2021, the charity Rainbow Hub will open an OFSTED registered nursery for children and their siblings at its base in Mawdesley, Lancashire.

Rainbow Hub said the nursery operates with highly trained and experienced staff for children between two and five years. It will work with small groups, increasing the opportunity and time for children to develop life skills.

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Pic: Rainbow Hub Nursery

The nursery will operate from 9.00-4.30 in term time, and parents with children from two to five can use their child care vouchers for up to 15 hours or 30 hours per week, dependent on their entitlement. Costs for private payments will be £45 per day.

Lyndsay Fahey, CEO of Rainbow Hub, said: “Developing high quality, specialised early years services will help families with a child who has additional needs when they are at their most vulnerable.

“It will help families to access the government-funded childcare and offer parents the opportunity for respite or even a return to work. The number we can accommodate at any time will naturally be restricted by the specialist nature of the services and the high staff to child ratio.

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“However, we hope that we will be able to offer many children the opportunity to learn, develop and unlock their potential whilst also supporting their families.”

The specialist staff have experience working with children with additional needs. As well as playing and interacting with their peers, the children will develop skills such as washing, dressing and undressing, and communications.

After an individual assessment of each child, nursery staff will tailor the service to meet needs, including physical disabilities, neurological conditions and global delay.

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The purpose-built facility has outdoor space, a sensory room and a soft play area.

Rainbow Hub said many mainstream nurseries do not accommodate children with additional needs due to the ratio requirements and their lack of knowledge and experience in the field.

The team of specialists offer a holistic approach to the health and wellbeing of the disabled children they support. There will also be the opportunity for other therapies such as conductive education, physiotherapy and rebound therapy.

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Rainbow Hub offers advice and signposting for families on issues relating to SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) and supports the development of education and health care plans. Parents are also encouraged to get involved in nursery sessions to witness how their child is developing.

Parents can register their interest by email, telephone: 01704 823276, or by visiting –

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