A NURSERY in Richmond has partnered with a catering firm to help families by providing meals for little ones.

Rooftops Nursery School said it can now offer meals cooked on site for its children all day, including breakfast, snacks, lunch and tea, and said its new offering has been well received.

The nursery is working with Apetito, to provide hot meals all year round with the aim of making parents’ lives hassle free.

Previously, hot meals were provided by a local school doing term-time only and this move means children will receive a cooked hot lunch all year round and their lunch, snacks and tea will be part of the daily nursery fee.

In addition, and in response to demand, opening hours have been extended by an hour with a 7.30am start and a later close time of 6.30pm.

Owner Hannah Hurley says she’s happy with the response from parents and hopes these changes will continue to provide the added flexibility to suit working parents.

She said: “We are always trying to improve our service based on our parents needs; longer hours and meals were important to our parents and we’re so glad these changes have gone down well.”

“I remember as a working mum myself, trying to feed a sleepy child at 6pm, so this way parents get to spend quality time with their little one when they collect them instead of worrying about feeding them when they have just got home from work.”

The nursery is now open five days a week again following their part-time reopening in July. As the only private nursery in Richmond, they pride themselves on a nurturing home from home environment and the use of natural resources and toys to include nature and the outdoors wherever possible.

Ms Hurley added: “All our staff are fantastic, most have been with me since I took over the nursery seven years ago and they are all very experienced in all aspects of childcare, I couldn’t wish for a better team!”

Rooftops Nursery School currently has spaces for new babies and children. Call 01748-823667.