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A new nursery dedicated to children with additional needs and their siblings is being opened by Mawdesley's Rainbow Hub charity.

Registered with OFSTED, it'll be run by highly trained, experienced staff for children between 2 and 5 and will only operate with small groups so that each child will have a greater chance and more time to develop and achieve life skills.

It'll open from 9 – 4.30 in term time and parents with children from 2 - 5 will be able to use their child care vouchers for up to 15 or 30 hours a week dependent on their entitlement; costs for children paying privately will be £45 per day.

The specialist staff are used to working with special needs and, as well as the opportunity to play and interact with their peers, the children will be encouraged to develop life skills such as washing, dressing and undressing and communications.

After individual assessment of each child, staff will be able tailor the service to the meet a wide range of needs including physical disabilities, neurological conditions and global delay.

The charity's purpose built facility has extensive outdoor space, a sensory room and soft play area and they believe that their new nursery is unique in the services and environment it will offer - many mainstream nurseries cannot accommodate children with additional needs due to the ratio requirements and their lack of knowledge and experience in this field.

Already known for their team of specialists offering a holistic approach to the health
and well-being of every disabled child they support, there will also be the opportunity of access to the other therapies on offer such as Conductive Education, physiotherapy and Rebound Therapy.

Rainbow Hub can also offer advice and signposting for families on issues relating to SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) and support the development of Education and Health Care Plans. And their unique approach involves all the family with parents encouraged to get involved in nursery sessions to see how their child is developing.

Lyndsay Fahey, CEO, Rainbow Hub, said:
“Developing a high quality, specialised Early Years’ service will help families with a child who has additional needs who are often forgotten during those early years 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 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. 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.”
Parents wanting more information and an assessment of their child’s needs can register their interest and details of their child by email at nursery@rainbowhub.org; by calling 01704 823276 or simply click https://www.rainbowhub.org/

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