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After 25 years of providing a highly-regarded day nursery service, the owners of north Durham’s Shotley Bridge Nursery School Ltd have announced a relocation to new premises, in time for the new term in September 2015.
Looking to expand on current capabilities, the nursery’s owners were attracted to the new site at Blackhill, near Consett, for the advantage of a larger interior and outdoor play area, which will allow them to expand their current provision from 42 to 98 full-time places.
Joint director Laura Bowery comments: “The nursery has been sourcing sites and properties for the past 18 months and after viewing a number of places within the catchment area, decided on the traditional stone built property in Blackhill.
“The building has huge potential and plans are to make it a state of the art facility which perfectly meets the needs of the children.
“Planning includes a hall which can be used by the wider community and the nursery also intends to offer breakfast clubs, after school care and various classes for children on a weekend including movement and music.
“There are also plans for a large, enclosed outdoor play area allowing the children to play outside in the fresh air safely.”
Construction is well under way and the day nursery will also be looking to double its current workforce of 17 employees, which should provide excellent opportunity for any locals interested in pursuing a career in childcare.