Hundreds of children from Lymm and surrounding areas think of The Rosebank Centre as their "home from home", the place where they first met new friends, developed a love of reading and music, found their feet in games and creative play as well as exploring nature in the extensive gardens.
The Rosebank Centre has, historically, been a place for children for 90 years from the date that it became a Holiday Home for Jewish Mothers and Children in 1926. They would travel out on the train from Manchester and enjoy the country life in Lymm with fields running from the back of Rosebank down to the canal. From the 60's until 1990 Rosebank was a Children's Home for Cheshire County Council. It was in 1991 that Margaret and Rod King purchased the property with a view to providing educational and development sessions for 3 to 5 year old children.
As a trained teacher Margaret brought all of her child development skills to the centre and a reputation was established for being a great place for children to "grow". In 1997 our Garden Room extension was added and in 2009 the new Naturegarten log cabin was built in the grounds of Ravenbank School for 3-5 year olds and after school children, whilst retaining The Rosebank Centre for under 3's. Our child centred professional approach is being continued with the involvement of daughter Sadie Hopley as Director.
On 24th September 2016 almost 25 years to the day Margaret, Rod and all the staff welcomed past families and staff to their celebration. Thanks to the talented Rosebank Team, children enjoyed activities both inside and outside of a physical and creative nature with nursery staff and an entertainer. Sessions included bulb planting, face painting, dance and music. Past children who first met at Rosebank came to 'find themselves' in the many photo albums, and enjoyed watching videos from the early days. Everyone socialised and chatted whilst children played.... it was wonderful. There was a fantastic buzz the whole day, friends meeting up and enjoying the grounds, teenage past children planning to come back to help after school as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Other stories were told by parents whose children attended Rosebank in the very first year and have now grown to be successful professionals in later years. Rosebank Nurseries has now been developed beyond the Rosebank Centre and includes Naturegarten, the additional dedicated facilities for 2-13 years olds on Pepper Street, Lymm and The Lakes Centre Nursery in Orford. All are moving forward with influences from the 'Reggio Emelia' approach and the inspiration of Denmark's outdoor curriculum. Sadie Hopley is now Educational Director with a masters degree in early years provision and has taken over managing the nurseries with both experience and a passion for childcare and education. The Rosebank Centre therefore looks forward to the next 25 years to bring high quality childcare and education to children in Lymm.