The Legacy Nursery, Rainbow House, Mawdesley has extended its services with the introduction of hot meals
and a wider range of activities including art, crafts and drama. New cook, Carol Croft from Leyland has been
trialling a range of dishes including roast chicken, fish fingers, home-made chicken nuggets, cottage pie and
chicken curry but the most popular is chicken risotto.
Carol also uses local produce thanks to Stuart Taylor of Ardenlea Nurseries, Hesketh Bank and Andrew Birkbeck
of GBA Services, Hesketh Bank. The two friends are funding fruit, vegetables and meat from local suppliers
for six months and say that they feel Rainbow House is such a worthy charity and they want to give
something back to the local community.
The Legacy nursery, which is classed as Outstanding by Ofsted and has a 5 rating from Environmental Health,
provides a fully integrated service for children from babies to 5 years and of all abilities including those with
special educational needs. There are three classes – 0 to 2 years, 2 – 3 and 3-4 with specially designed
programmes of activity, education and fun.
In the 3 -4 year age group, the programme is designed to prepare the children for their first year at school.
The nursery can accommodate up to 50 children and has a few places available currently. Costs are £38.50
for a full day including a hot meal and £25 for a half day.
Carole Cochrane, Chief Executive, Rainbow House, said “we are very proud of the Legacy Nursery and
the developments we are making to extend services and very grateful for the support from Stuart Taylor
and Andrew Birkback. We believe every child deserves the best start in life irrespective of their abilities or
background and we aim to provide a wide range of activities and experiences to meet their varied needs.
It is heart-warming to see the interaction between the children and how the able bodied and those with
disabilities work and play together. It shows that we are not born with prejudices, we learn them. ”