An Ofsted ranked “Outstanding” nursery in Kent has unveiled a green retreat for children and staff, allowing it to cater for 12 extra children per day, following a funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Bellissima Nurseries has built a green retreat on its premises, providing a children’s library and staffroom, with the support of a £45,000 loan.

Creating an extra 90 sq. ft. of space, the increase in capacity has allowed the nursery to cater for 12 extra children per day and also to grow its staff numbers by three to a team of 21.

The new library in the Swedish-style log cabin means staff can now teach children in smaller groups.

Bellissima has also invested in technology for parents, using bespoke software to produce an app enabling them to access updates about their children throughout the day.

The nursery opened in 2014, providing childcare for children from birth up to five years of age and offers flexible opening hours for parents.

Ian Stewart, co-founder of Bellissima Nurseries, comments: “Creating a fun and educational environment for children is incredibly important to us. We understand how important it is for kids to spend time outdoors and the funding from Lloyds Bank has allowed us to build a rural oasis for children to learn, and staff to relax in.

“We’ve been able to welcome more children to Bellissima and installing the best facilities has helped us to establish ourselves in the area. We’re now so popular that we have no spaces left until January 2019. This puts us in a great position to keep investing in the nursery, and we have ambitious plans to keep growing.”

Paul Hollis, Healthcare Relationship Manager for South East SME Banking at Lloyds Bank, adds: “Bellissima Nurseries, in just three years, has achieved amazing success. It’s dedication to provide quality childcare for parents means it is constantly looking to invest and grow. Our support has enabled more children to benefit from high-quality childcare.

“The business now has a secure income stream for the future and we want to help more businesses across Britain prosper. We’ve increased our net lending to SMEs by 32 per cent over the last six years, enabling more companies to achieve their ambitions.”

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