Revealed: The Wigan Post Nursery of the Year

The votes are in and we can finally announce the winner of the Wigan Post's Nursery of the Year 2018.

Tuesday, 12th June 2018, 10:42 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 11:35 am
Staff from left, Athena Harris, Kate Edwards and Claire Thompson, and kids at Redwood House Children's Nursery, Orrell, celebrate winning Wigan Post Nursery of the Year

We asked you to vote for who you thought should be given the coveted crown of the best nursery in the area.

We wanted you to take into consideration what it was that you thought gave your nursery of choice the right to be the number one in the area.

And you did, thanks to the strength of this year’s entrants we’ve had hundreds of votes registered for the nursery you thought was the best that featured in the top 10.

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Staff members, Sam Laird, left, and Charelle Glindon, right

But in the end there could only be one winner, Redwood House Children’s Nursery in Orrell.

The nursery in Orrell Road picked up the prize yet again, having also triumphed in 2016.

After picking up the trophy, nursery manager Kate Edwards spoke of her pride at Redwood House being crowned yet again.

“We are over the moon,” she said.

Jubilant scenes at Redwood House

“We weren’t expecting it because the competition is very steady.”

And what makes Redwood House so loved that readers voted for it to be Nursery of the Year?

“I think it’s because we are really focussed on the families,” Kate went on.

“It is a family-owned and family-run business, and the whole team works as one with family at the centre of everything that we do.”

The 36 staff take care of around 200 children throughout a typical week, and were just as overjoyed as Kate at the news of their success.

Kate said: “They are just thrilled, absolutely thrilled because we also won it last time. They are just really proud of themselves.

“It gives everyone a boost. We never advertise, so every family we get through the door is based on recommendation. So this will cement it when people say ‘go and look at Redwood’, that we are the best place to send your kids.”

Redwood House was opened in 1992 by Janet Edwards, with three staff members and a register of 19 children.

“Our growth has been down to recommendation from one parent to another. We now find that we are caring for the children of the original children that attended the nursery in 1992,” Janet said.

“We have an outstanding team at Redwood, many who have worked at the nursery for over 15 years and some much longer than that. I would like to say a huge thank you to these ladies - they are devoted to their role as nursery practitioners and are enthusiastic, caring and loyal.”