Staff at a leading Wrexham nursery have welcomed the town’s Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths, to their state-of-the-art facilities. Ms Griffiths visited the Little Scholars Nursery on Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s Plas Coch campus after the nursery and its staff were praised by Care Inspectorate Wales and Estyn, the education and training inspectorate.
During the visit, she met staff from all levels of the nursery, including Director Rebecca Mottram and Wrexham Glyndŵr University Professor Emeritus Karen Graham – who spoke at the launch of the Welsh Government’s Early Childhood and Care approach last month. She was also keen to hear more about the recent Estyn report for Little Scholars, which saw staff praised for their work with the children at the nursery.
‘Loose Parts Play’
The report states “Leaders provide children with a well-decorated environment which considers the interests of the children with plenty of facilities to enhance their wellbeing and learning. Leaders provide a range of good quality, developmentally-appropriate play and learning resources. For example, practitioners promote children’s curiosity and problem-solving skills using ‘loose parts play’ where natural and recyclable materials can be moved around and used in endless ways.
“The setting has a wide range of low-level furniture and resources that practitioners use effectively to enhance children’s learning. For example, different-sized planters enable children to reach inside to plant and grow their own vegetables.”
Little Scholars and Glyndŵr
Rebecca Mottram, Director of Little Scholars, said: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome Lesley Griffiths at this very exciting time for early childhood education and care in Wales. It was great to not only show her the facilities and to discuss our Estyn report, but also to talk about our links with education and other degree programmes at Wrexham Glyndŵr University and the work which we are doing with them.”
Lesley Griffiths AM added: “Little Scholars Nursey is such a bright, modern facility and the dedicated staff provide a fantastic service to parents in Wrexham. There was a really positive atmosphere and it was lovely being able to spend time with lots of happy children. Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome and congratulations once again to Rebecca and her team on their recent Estyn inspection report.”
Little Scholars Nursery is open to Wrexham Glyndŵr University staff and students and to the wider Wrexham community. It is safely and conveniently located in the Centre for the Child, Family and Society on the university’s Plas Coch campus near Wrexham Town Centre.
To find out more about Little Scholars Nursery, visit their website.