Two Brinscall mums are opening an affordable nature-themed nursery after ploughing their savings into the project.
Amanda Hilton, 32, and Sharon Brindley, 39, started creating Nature Trail Nursery on School Lane after being unable to find suitable childcare from birth in their own area.
The project was also sparked by the cost of care. Amanda said: “Some places charge up to £42 a day, which is an awful lot of money.
“We will charge £30 a day, which is way below average. We are running it as a business, but want parents to be able to afford it. Some places also charge late fees after 6pm. A lot of parents work in Manchester, and with us there is no pressure if you hit a traffic jam. There are no late charges.”
The project, which has taken a year to set up, initially encountered several obstacles.
Amanda said: “We got no government funding with all the cutbacks so we used our own money.”
The nursery has adopted a green theme due to a new Brinscall nature reserve at Lodge Bank.
Amanda said: “We are hoping to take children for walks, and feed the ducks.
“Ofsted like nurseries where children are exploring the local environment.”
The nursery will hold an open day on Mother’s Day and will be open by the end of April pending official approval.
Contact Amanda at Nature Trail Nursery on 07742 110808 for more information.