Nursery expands in former Nelson school site

Azhar Ali opening a new nursery in Nelson (S)
Azhar Ali opening a new nursery in Nelson (S)

Labour’s Pendle Parliamentary candidate, County Coun. Azhar Ali, has opened Nelson’s latest childcare facilities in the former St Paul’s Primary School building.

Smartypants Nursery, originally set up in Romney Street, has expanded into the vacated primary school in Hibson Road.

Founder and owner of the nursery Colette Hewitt said: “I’m delighted to be able to expand the nursery into the St Paul’s site. We’ve transformed part of the school into a children’s wonderland coupled with an outdoor play area.”

At the opening, Coun. Ali said: “I’m chuffed to bits to have been able to help secure the funding from Lancashire County Council for the expansion, and now to officially open this fantastic new nursery site in the heart of Nelson.

“And I was very pleased it was a local company, Let’s Play, of Waidshouse Road, that designed the play area.”

“I first got involved with Smartypants almost 10 years ago when they opened in Romney Street. Colette deserves huge recognition for providing first class child care to local families.”

“The Labour Party has pledged to increase free childcare for three and four-year-olds, which will make a massive difference to parents who want to go back to work.”