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Soft play centre Kidz City, in Sheerness, reopens as nursery amid coronavirus pandemic

A popular soft play centre that converted into a nursery so it could survive the coronavirus pandemic has opened its doors.

Kidz City in Sheerness, which also has various real-life role-play areas including a pretend play hairdressers, hospital and supermarket, had to shut its doors last March – two days after its first anniversary – due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Lynne Foster, manager of Kidz City in Sheerness, which has re-opened as a full day nursery
Lynne Foster, manager of Kidz City in Sheerness, which has re-opened as a full day nursery

Ten months on, the Bridge Road centre is now Ofsted approved and has reopened as a full day nursery.

Manager Lynne Foster said: “We’ve been officially approved by Ofsted, which means we are meeting all the regulations and have everything in place to best care for the children.

“We can have 30 children at any one time and we still have availability for places – permanent places for all children aged up to 12 years, and temporary places for lockdown, both available now.”

She added: “We want to assure parents and carers that we’ll be taking every precaution to try to avoid the virus coming into the nursery.

“Temperature checks and sanitisation will be compulsory before entry, staff will be tested weekly and we’d ask for carers of all children to be tested weekly too. All staff will also be wearing the appropriate PPE and we’ll have bubble groups for the children to learn and socialise in.”

Lynne inside Kidz City
Lynne inside Kidz City

Lynne said as well as the play areas, Kidz City has a sensory area, library, creative room and garden.

It is open from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday. It also offers school collection, after-school clubs and holiday clubs.

For information, email kidzcityltd@gmail.com, call 01795 668628 or visit the ‘KidZ City Ltd PreSchool’ Facebook page.

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