A ceremony has taken place at Conquest Hospital with the turning of the first turf to mark the start of building work for a new purpose built nursery for children of parents who work for ESHT or the NHS.
Jacquie Fuller, Acting Lead Staff Engagement and Wellbeing being together with children from the nursery and Nursery Manager, Nicola Sullivan turned the first turf, while members of the project team, contractors, and architects looked on.
The new purpose built nursery will provide 55 places a day for children aged 4 months to 8 years whose parents work for ESHT or the NHS. It will be built using a modular construction assembled on site, at the southern end of the Conquest Hospital site towards Little Ridge Avenue.
The new nursery will offer a fully accessible learning environment for children with enclosed outside play facilities for different age groups.
Jacquie Fuller, Acting Lead for Staff Engagement and Wellbeing said: “We were so pleased to have turned the first turf on this very exciting project. This purpose built nursery will improve our facilities and the environment where we provide care and education for the children of NHS staff.”
The current nursery prides itself on helping children achieve their potential by learning through play is rated as ‘Good’ by OFSTED in all areas, and was praised for its well qualified and well trained staff and for the excellent relationship that staff have with parents.
The current and new nursery cares for babies from 4 months to school age, from 7am to 6pm, five days a week offering school holiday clubs for children up to 8 years old. Places at the nursery are offered to ESHT staff as a priority but are also open other NHS parents.