A NURSERY is celebrating its 30th birthday.

Kids Count Childcare in Northwich marked the big occasion with a week of festivities including special guests, fun activities and of course, cake.

Jennie Shinner, childcare director of Kidscount Childcare Ltd., said: “We can't thank our families enough, past and present, for their continued support - and we wouldn't be the setting we are without our fabulous team of staff.”

Kids Count has been based at Hartford Primary School ever since it first opened.

A family-owned business, Kids Count was opened by Russell and Margaret Long in April 1994 and was originally known as Belgrave Day Nurseries.

They later passed the business on to their daughter Cath, who sadly died in 2016.

ALSO READ: ‘Mummy is fun, but pre-school is better’ – Praise for nursery in latest Ofsted report

Northwich Guardian: Kids Count's original name and logoKids Count's original name and logo (Image: Supplied)

Her husband Peter then took over the reins and has seen the business continue to flourish.

Now, Kids Count employs 20 members of staff and caters to children from the ages of four weeks to 14 years old, offering nursery, preschool, before and after school wraparound care as well as a holiday club.

Northwich Guardian: Northwich’s deputy mayor, councillor Kate Cernik, cuts the cakeNorthwich’s deputy mayor, councillor Kate Cernik, cuts the cake (Image: Supplied)

To celebrate their 30th birthday on April 16, Kids Count invited Northwich’s deputy mayor, Cllr Kate Cernik, to cut the cake.

Cllr Cernik hung around for a party involving balloons, banners and games.

There was also an appearance from Bookstart Bear who treated the kids to gifts courtesy of the BookTrust.

Later in the week the children took birthday cupcakes around some of the businesses in Hartford to get the whole village involved in the celebrations.

Northwich Guardian: Bookstart Bear joined in the festivitiesBookstart Bear joined in the festivities (Image: Supplied)