New £236,000 nursery to be added at Scunthorpe primary school
Oakfield Primary School in Scunthorpe, where a nursery is set to be added after a £236,000 investment. Picture: Google Maps
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 4 Aug 2017
An investment of £236,000 is set to be made in adding a nursery to a Scunthorpe primary school
North Lincolnshire Council is going to invest the money at Oakfield Primary School to extend the early years provision by adding a nursery.
The council has received £1.3m from the Government to support the implementation of 30 hours free childcare for working parents of three and four year-olds.
The nursery at Oakfield Primary School, on Morecambe Avenue, is one of the schemes to be funded from this grant.
The cost of funding the nursery will mainly come from the Government money, with the council covering the remainder.
The council carried out a consultation from June 29 to July 27 for interested parties to have their say on the nursery provision proposals and having received favourable feedback, the authority is now go ahead with the plans.
The new nursery spaces will be available from January 2018 and will provide up to 26 full time equivalent nursery places.
Children currently start school in September following their fourth birthday but this would change to allow three and four year-olds to access the nursery.
Councillor David Rose, cabinet member for children, families and learning, said: “This new nursery provision at Oakfield Primary School will help meet the anticipated increase in demand for early year’s places as a result of the implementation of 30 hours of free childcare for working parents with children aged three and four.
“We consulted with parents and carers to find out their views on the proposals and the feedback shows support for the new nursery.
“Investing in education for children and young people of all ages is a high priority for us. Education at an early age can make a huge difference and gives children the best possible start in life.”