More than a hundred extra children will get the chance to use the world-renowned Pen Green Centre in Corby thanks to nearly half a million pounds of new investment.
Renovation work has started in several of the existing buildings at the centre in Rockingham Road, to provide new nursery and baby and toddler facilities.
The £480,000 project will create a new nursery space for 80 children called The Studio, and a new baby and toddler provision for 35 children called Couthie – a Scottish word for homely or snug.
Building work should be completed by August 17 and the new intake will start on September 1.
And centre staff are now encouraging parents from Corby and the surrounding areas to get in touch and apply for places for their children.
Although the new provisions start at the beginning of a new academic year, the services offered by Pen Green are available all year round.
The new facilities are a further boost to the centre’s prospects, in the wake of a lengthy battle to retain funding from the Schools Forum last year.
Deputy headteacher Tracy Gallagher said: “It will be one of the largest nursery provisions in the country. We will be offering it from nine-months-old right up to when they go to school.
“The parents have been really influential and involved with the architects in designing the space. To become bigger helps us to become more sustainable for the future.
“We don’t want to stand still – we want to respond to the needs of the community. “Part of the incentive to develop was because we have such a huge demand for places and we could never meet that demand.”
The centre is also encouraging applications from parents whose children will be aged three before September 1, as there are spaces for 15 hours of flexible, Government-funded childcare.
For more information visit www.pengreen.org or call 01536 443435.