A POPULAR Inverclyde-based nursery group has changed its name and invested for a thriving post-Covid future for youngsters.

Enchanted Forest — which has centres in Greenock, Inverkip and Erskine — will now be known as Happitots.

The transformation has come about following a survey of parents and staff by owner Bertram Nursery Group.

Bosses used the lockdown period to review operations and consider how best to move forward, with services tailored to individual communities.

Chief executive Cary Rankin said: "Our commitment to putting children first and providing a safe and nurturing environment hasn’t changed, and never will.

"This is supported by investing in our teams, encouraging them to make early years education a rewarding career choice with prospects for development.

"We also recognise that children's learning is enhanced in invigorating outdoor spaces and we are committed to investment in outdoor learning opportunities.

"We also know how important it is to provide a flexible service that meets parents' needs, from opening hours and services for school-age children to opportunities for extra-curricular activities.

"Above all, our nurseries are part of the local communities they serve and we recognise that one-size doesn't fit all.

"We want to be first, trusted choice for parents and employees in the areas we serve and we are committed to maintaining and celebrating the local identities of our nurseries."