Mayor of Chester Officially Reopens Historic Chester Day Nursery

Elmscot Group of Day Nurseries, Nursery Schools and out-of-school Clubs based in Altrincham, Cheshire, were honoured to welcome the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Chester to the Grand Opening of Elmscot Day Nursery in Chester.

The event saw the official reopening of Elmscot Group’s latest acquisition, formerly Little Friends Day Nursery in Chester. This is the latest of two recent acquisitions and has been supported with substantial funding from Santander Business Banking.

Rebranded as Elmscot Day Nursery and Nursery School (Chester) and now the sixth nursery in the Group, the organisation’s established and uncompromising commitment to outstanding, flexible childcare and education is being introduced to even more Cheshire parents.

Elmscot Chester is the Elmscot Group’s 14th educational setting in 17 years, which includes their eight Kids Collective out-of-school Clubs based at local primary and preparatory schools.

The Elmscot Group was established in 2001 by two Altrincham-based working mums, Stephanie Molnar and Dee McKenzie (pictured), a biologist and accountant respectively. At this time, they struggled to find a homely nursery offering outstanding childcare, nutrition and education for their own children. Stephanie and Dee continue run the organisation with their 225 colleagues and are now responsible for the care and early years education over 1700 children.

Of the Group’s settings, nine have been found ‘Outstanding’ in every area by Ofsted in unannounced inspections, with the remainder Outstanding in many areas with overall ratings of ‘Good’. This is an exceptionally high standard – one of the highest in the country. The organisation has also won national recognition for their achievements, winning several national educational sector awards for exceptional learning environments, staff development and child nutrition, as well as Soil Association Accreditation for the quality of menus and food, National Day Nursery Association Awards, Healthy Setting Awards and Inclusion Awards.

Stephanie Molnar stated: “We are delighted to welcome Chester families to the Elmscot Group and we’re looking forward to delivering our service in such a beautiful Grade II listed building in the city centre.

“We have an ethos of exceptional early years education provision across the Group and a commitment to supporting families with outstanding childcare. We are excited to get to know everyone and get to know Chester.”

Dee McKenzie added: “The teams in the Elmscot Group work very hard to meet the needs of parents and lead the way in best practice, working closely with educational and childcare experts to develop and implement new strategies. Consequently, places at Elmscot Group nurseries have always been very much in demand and the acquisition of Chester will offer parents a superb facility, delivering exciting career opportunities in the area.”