Open house for new Nashua preschool and childcare center set

Staff photo by Adam Urquhart Lucinda Evans sits in an area of her in-home preschool and childcare center called the creation station. She’s looking to accommodate 12 children at the center, Charlotte Street Family Child Care, in early January.

NASHUA – A new preschool and childcare facility is on track to accommodate 12 children come the beginning of January, set in the home of Lucinda Evans.

“I believe children should learn to love to learn, and instilling that love for learning comes from a creative environment,” Evans said.

So, with a spacious downstairs childcare center located in her home at 1 Charlotte St. in Nashua, she looks to provide that environment to children while creating a space that’s comfortable, accessible and feels like home to each child.

She said this is so, “Children have a sense of comfort and familiarity while still providing a curriculum, preparing them for kindergarten,” Evans said.

She said the space really speaks for itself, and she will be welcoming people by for an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 9. It will be an open format, and children can come and explore while parents receive packets to look over about Evans’ experience, education and the kinds of things she’ll be covering.

She said people can come and meet her, take a tour and ask any questions they may have. Her husband is a chef and will be making traditional British holiday treats.

Although official classes start in the beginning of January, she also offers holiday care and babysitting. Her facility is much more than just a preschool, offering all day childcare, as well.

Right now, she’s the only certified teacher, and has been working with children for 20 years.

“I have always loved being around children, and I know I wanted to work with them in some capacity, but didn’t know what that was until college. A professor of mine offered that I volunteer at a child development center, and as soon as I did and got into it, I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” Evans said.

She was born and raised in England and taught pre-k there for nine years. She’s taught in child development centers, taught at three international child development conferences, is a certified CPR and first aid instructor and worked as a live-in nanny in New York for five years. She has a degree in cognitive development, as well.

In an email she said, “The classroom is Reggio Emilia inspired and everything in it was picked with a purpose.” She

aims at incorporating a lot of outside, hands-on activities.

She said it’s very simple for parents to enroll their child at her facility.

“Basically, they contact me and come over for a tour. We’ll talk about their needs, the curriculum and programs offered. That’s it, they can sign up and do the paperwork. I’m trying to keep it as simple and accessible as possible to keep that home feeling,” Evans said.

She said the place she created, which is the classroom that’s set in a large extension off the back of the house that her grandfather built with his own hands, is her happy place.

“I believe each child is an individual, and given the right guidance, is capable of everything. I want to create a home away from home, so families know their child is in a warm, loving and educational place,” Evans said.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.