Nine sets of twins enrol at the same nursery school

Learning the names of all the kids in the class just got even harder for staff at one nursery as they’ve welcomed nine sets of twins.

They think they might even have broken a record as Stockport Village Nursery’s 120-strong cohort is home to eight sets of non-identical and one sets of identical twins, all from the local area.

Staff are really seeing double when it comes to caring for Lottie and Gracie Catterall, five months, Tobias and Arlo McHugh, two, Rey and Joanie Layton, four, Chloe and Emily Worrall, three, Archie and Ben Lowther, four, Elizabeth and Olivia Handby, one, Penelope and Grace McMahon, one, Sadie and Lottie Dean, two, and Sia and Ava Vivaldi, two.

Each set of twins has been assigned to a different member of staff, but luckily as they aren’t all identical there’s no need for name tags – although the parents do love dressing their youngsters up in matching outfits.

Nursery manager Lyndsey Cross, 46, said: ‘We’ve always had a lot of twins but when we had three sets we were quite shocked so to have nine is something else.

‘We must be the only nursery in the UK to have this many – we’ve never had this many at once before.

‘We think it’s quite funny and it’s quite unusual. There must be something in the water.

‘It can be confusing for staff but thankfully they aren’t all identical so we can tell the difference and one set belong to a member of staff.’

Lyndsey said that many twin parents choose them thanks to their sibling discount, but previously their highest number of sets at once was six.

Lyndsey added: ‘The other parents can’t believe it, they always mention it in the mornings.’

Nursery worker Steph Doxsey, who is also mum to the youngest set of twins, Lottie and Gracie, said she couldn’t believe it when the number of twins kept rising.

The 31-year-old said: ‘It’s crazy. I’ve never heard of so many twins at a nursery.

‘Sometimes, because there are so many of them, if they don’t come in matching outfits I don’t like it.

‘When they’re all together, they just sit looking around at each other like they’re thinking “oh, you’ve got a twin too”.’

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