TWO sisters who joined forces to launch a childcare nursery group in Warrington celebrated National Siblings Day by hosting a stay and play session.

The Cheshire Day Nursery Group directors Brenda Burling and Julie Mannering welcomed parents and their children to the Latchford site off Grammar School Road.

The event was part of an international initiative to celebrate and recognise brothers and sisters around the world.

Julie, from Appleton, knows only too well the importance of family.

She said: "People often say they couldn’t work with family members but Brenda and I have been in business together for nearly two decades.

"We have six children of our own between us and have had the pleasure of employing siblings at many of our settings – including here at Latchford."

National Siblings Day was created by Claudia Evart – a freelance paralegal from New York – after she lost both her sisters at an early age. 

The date marks the birthday of Claudia’s sister Lisette. 

Julie added: "It is so lovely when parents who have experienced our childcare provision with their first child and then go on to register new additions to their family with us. 

"It is really gratifying seeing brothers and sisters spending time together and sharing experiences throughout the nursery day.” 

Siblings who attended the sessions were treated to a Forest School workshop which was led by Julie’s daughter and nursery practitioner Felicity Mannering.

Youngsters were able to toast marshmallows on the campfire and explore the outdoors.