Teacher Lindsey Robinson couldn’t wait for Thornton Lodge Nursery School to shut down for the summer holidays.

But she didn’t just put her feet up and enjoy six weeks’ rest.

Instead the dedicated teacher rallied support from her family and friends - and between them they gave up their weekends to paint the entire interior of the Yews Hill school. They also found time to fit a new carpet to one room.

And parents, pupils and staff couldn’t believe the transformation when they arrived back for the start of term this week.

Lindsey’s line manager, Julie Dickinson, said: “What a transformation - a complete makeover!

“Yews Hill nursery is now a bright, clean and attractive environment for all our young children to play and learn. Lindsey, her family and the nursery team have done a fabulous job making Thornton Lodge Nursery School the place to educate young children.

“This refurbishment clearly demonstrates their total commitment, dedication and enthusiasm in providing the very best education and care for our children.”

Thornton Lodge Nursery School before...and after
Thornton Lodge Nursery School before...and after
 

The children and parents were equally impressed with the fresh, new yellow and blue look.

Parent Tasneen Akhtar said: “I think the nursery looks really nice and bright. It’s nice to see such a huge transformation over the holidays”

Another parent, Salman Ashraf, added: “We are very happy after the holidays. The nursery looks nice and colourful, staff members have been so helpful. Thank you.”

Lindsey, 34, who lives at Marsh, said: “It needed a facelift, and it was It was 80 hours of hard work painting the nursery to ensure the environment felt fresh, clean, exciting and inspiring.

“I was very excited to welcome our children and parents back on the first day of term. It was a pleasure to see the excitement on the children’s faces, which made all the hard work worthwhile.”

Lindsey has been teaching reception class for 11 years, but just moved to the nursery a year ago. She isn’t, however, taking all the credit for the makeover.

Her parents, Phil and Lorraine Robinson, of Birchencliffe, and friends, Barry and Susan Weekes from Oakes, and Rhiannydd Beaumont, of Golcar, completed the decorating team.

Linsdsey added: “I’m very lucky to have a tight knot group of family and friends.”

The nursery is going from strength to strength. It has just been awarded the Gold standard Kirklees Health Choice for its commitment to good standards of food hygiene and healthy food options.