Good News Story

Our very own Tiggy-Winkles Day Nursery in Orford received highly commended in the recent Warrington Guardian Education Awards, in association with Warrington Borough Council. Over 200 nominations were received from children and educators across six categories. Children, teachers, support staff, early years educators, headteachers and lecturers were honoured at a special virtual awards event hosted by Granada TV presenter Elaine Willcox on Thursday, March 17.

One happy parent wrote in their nomination: ‘I believe my son would be nowhere near the level he is without this amazing team of caring professionals.’

Willow Tree Nursery has joined forces with a popular seaside attraction to install new life-saving equipment at the site.

The nursery has kindly donated a defibrillator to Clacton Pier after an impressive fundraising drive. Parents and staff hoped to come up with enough money to buy one defibrillator but ended up with sufficient cash to purchase two. It was decided that as part of the effort to work with the local community the second one would be given to the Pier due to the number of people that visit the attraction each year. Senior Nursery Manager Jessica Brading said that it was an obvious choice.

“Around one million people go on the Pier every year and the nearest defibrillator is at McDonald’s,” she said.

“It is a popular venue for our parents and their youngsters, so we approached the owners to see if they were happy to join up with us on this project. The response was extremely positive, and we have now handed over the equipment ready to use once their staff have undergone the necessary training. It’s a win, win situation for both the nursery and the Pier!”

Mrs Brading said the nursery was overwhelmed by the positive response to its fundraising event, particularly during the current times.

“The safety and wellbeing of the children, their families and our staff is of most importance to us, and we are so grateful for the generosity of all,” she added.

Using CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and a defibrillator provides the best chance of survival after a cardiac arrest.

Billy Ball, managing director at the Pier, said taking on the equipment was a no-brainer.

“As soon as Jessica got in contact with us, we were delighted to be able to accept this very generous offer which will benefit so many people,” he added.

“We are keen to be able increase the safety of all of our customers and to have a defibrillator on site is a real bonus.”

Mr Ball said that it was perfect to team up with a local nursery as children are such a big part of the Pier and its effort to create happy memories for families.


Clacton Pier was built in 1871 and remains the town’s most iconic seaside attraction drawing almost one million visitors each year. It operates all year round with The Lanes tenpin bowling, family arcade, Seaquarium and its new £4 million development.

Clacton Pier was named Pier of the Year in 2020.






We are so excited and honoured to be nominated as North West Leicestershire local heroes.

Well done to our wonderful staff team who continued to put our children first during lockdown and went the extra mile to support our families. This nomination is truly well deserved.

Thank you all for your ongoing support.

We are so proud to be named as one of the Top 20 Large Nursery Groups in the UK by for the second year in a row! This is based on the ratings of parents and carers on the following areas:

  • Overall Standard
  • Facilities / Outside Space
  • Learning
  • Resources / Equipment / ICT
  • Care
  • Activities
  • Staff
  • Food / Nutrition
  • Management
  • Cleanliness
  • Safeguarding
  • Value for Money

We’d like to thank all of our parents and carers for taking the time to share their feedback and submit a review.

Most importantly, we’d like to thank our Storal Learning staff team. This is truly a reflection of the amazing work you to support local families.

We recently hosted our very first Storal Awards ceremony on Zoom where we had the chance to virtually acknowledge and celebrate our nominees and winners.

We received hundreds of submissions from both staff and parents, sharing the reasons why members of their nursery team were so deserving of these awards. We shortlisted the strongest contenders in each of these categories and winners were chosen based on the number of nominations they received as well as the strength of these nominations.

On the evening, we took some time to reflect on how nursery life changed during the coronavirus pandemic and personally thank our teams who have been working tirelessly throughout lockdown.

Thank you to all who submitted a nomination and congratulations again to all our winners!

Empty supermarket shelves, difficulty finding grocery delivery slots and unavailable chefs, have meant that nurseries who remained open for children of key workers, have had to improvise and turn to alternative suppliers to provide nutritious meals for the children.

At Ickle Pickles Day Nursery, we were able to speak with one of our parents who works at COOK in Sittingbourne, who supply wholesome meals for your freezer. They were quick to respond to our query and even provided us with a delivery the same day! The children really enjoyed their meal.

The next day we had a delivery of everything from lasagne to chicken tikka masala and a selection of puddings, fresh fruit and veg. COOK have been very helpful during this time we look forward to placing our next order with them.

A big thank you to our lovely parents and the team at COOK who have helped us keep our Ickle Pickles well-fed.