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The owners of the Carlisle-based Stone Eden Nursery have opened their first international franchise in China.

David and Jennifer Farrell who own Stone Eden Nursery, which is registered to care for 350 children, have taken the childcare setting’s ‘same curriculum, policies and standards of excellence’ to their new English-speaking nursery in Guangzhou, China.

Based at the Guangzhou Opera House, children and staff at the new nursery celebrated its opening with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Open Day.

With a baby room, toddler rooms and pre-school room, Stone Eden Nursery School in Guangzhou cares for children aged between six months to three-years-old and incorporates the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum and nursery style.

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David and Jennifer Farrell said: ‘The British nursery is a new concept which is set to progress early years education in China.

‘As a British nursery, we provide loving child care and early learning ‘play-based experiences to children to British standards, in a safe environment, with an activity program that helps develop confident, independent and creative children.’

First opened in 2005, Stone Eden Nursery School in Carlisle operates from converted farm buildings in the countryside near the town. It was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors in 2009 and 2014.

The owners added: “We want to encourage babies and toddlers to create memories of a childhood spent having fun; playing with their friends and being themselves, scribbling doodles on paper that makes sense to them; for them to get messy and be happy to be taking part and know that if they are making mess, there really is no point in crying about it.”

Source: Day Nurseries

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