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New nursery building opens its doors

23/03/2018

Parents of children from Nightingales Day Nursery at Airedale Hospital were given the opportunity to take a special tour of the new building this week, as the new extension was unveiled.

The new annex, provided by modular experts Portakabin, means the nursery now has an entire extra building for the pre-school age children and creates a further 26 places for 3 and 4 year olds allowing more parents to access free childcare.

The new building has a large light classroom with floor to ceiling windows to allow natural light to flood in and so the children can see the views outside and tri-fold doors open to lead directly onto the soft play area. There is also a kitchen for making snacks and drinks, a new entrance and cloakroom and a designated office for staff.

Val Hogg, Childcare Provision Manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:

“Our new Kingfisher 2 unit is a great asset to Nightingales Day Nursery, enabling us to provide care and education to an additional 26 children – which in turn supports Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Partners to deliver flexible high quality care to our patients.”

Parent Joanne Simpson, whose son Dylan is in the pre-school room says: “It’s lovely, it’s very modern and great that they can see all of the outside too.”

Nightingales was one of 5 nurseries in the region to receive a share of 500,000 from the Early Years Capital Fund to extend its facilities. In Bradford 5 applications were granted by the DFE awarding a total of almost 500,000, of which Nightingales was one, which has created 200 extra places across the district.

The funding followed an announcement by the Department for Education (DFE) in March last year that a further 50m had been allocated to a capital programme to meet the expected demand for nursery places for working parents who are now able to access an additional 15 hours extended entitlement- known as the 30 hours.

The nursery which prides itself on helping children achieve their potential by learning through play, was recently rated as ‘Good’ by OFSTED in all areas, and praised for its well qualified and well trained staff and for the excellent relationship that staff have with parents.

The nursery cares for babies from 10 weeks old to school age, from 7am to 7pm, 5 days a week. Places are offered to NHS staff as a priority but are also open to non-NHS parents.



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