Richmond nursery owner expands into Barnard Castle

Nursery owner Hannah Hurley, left, with Rooftops manager Chloe Broderick.

The owner of a Richmond children’s nursery has expanded by taking over a Teesdale business.

Hannah Hurley, who runs the Rooftops Nursery in Richmond, has taken over the Little Ducklings Nursery on Harmire Enterprise Park, Barnard Castle, which has changed its name to Rooftops Nursery School.

Children, parents and staff at the 70-place nursery for age 0-8 are currently being asked for feedback on how they would like to see the facility develop in the coming months.

Plans include offering children a new menu of locally sourced fresh food, prepared and cooked from scratch by the nursery’s chef. Particular attention will be paid to allergies and diets including pescatarian, vegan and vegetarian.

Aspects of the Montessori ethos, which Richmond Rooftops uses to develop children’s independence through play, will also be adopted and staff will be trained in Montessori basics in 2019.

Hannah said: “I have always wanted to run a second nursery and was attracted by the fact this one was purpose-built and blessed with so much internal and outdoor space. It also appealed as I had thought Barnard Castle would be the ideal location for another nursery.

“All the rooms lead out to a fantastic garden and there is plenty of parking for easy drop-off and collection. It has so much potential to improve and the staff are so positive.”

Hannah added: “Barnard Castle is a great place with many people making the lifestyle choice to move here,” said Hannah. “It is expanding and has a good array of independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

“I am looking forward to becoming part of the local community and linking up as much as we can. I am also really excited about developing the garden.”