New nursery for Kettering primary school

A Kettering primary school has been given the green light for an additional 60-place nursery unit.

Tuesday, 17th January 2017, 5:00 am
Jo Fallowell with current nursery pupils.
Jo Fallowell with current nursery pupils.

Compass Primary Academy (formerly the primary school side of Kettering Science Academy) says the new accommodation will provide specialist facilities for three and four-year-olds and is due to open in September this year.

The new nursery, called Little Explorers, will be in addition to the school’s existing places for pre-school children.

Principal Jo Fallowell said: “This is an amazing opportunity to expand the places we can offer, and also extend our provision so we can provide full time places for 51 weeks a year to better meet the needs of working parents within our locality.

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“The new purpose-built building will be next to our existing nursery to allow for ‘Little Explorers’ to be fully integrated into our academy community.

“The trust submitted a bid in August and we have just found out that we have been successful.

“There is a lot of work to be done, including recruiting additional nursery specialists to join our existing team.

“Our long-term aim will be to use the accommodation to also offer extended provision for the rest of the school, such as breakfast and after-school clubs and a holiday club.”

Funding for the project will come from the Department for Education and the Brooke Weston Trust.

Estates director Matt Isherwood said: “This is an exciting project as it will be the first purpose-built nursery that the trust has constructed.

“The project team has been appointed to begin developing the design.

“It is our ambition to provide a building with high environmental performance harnessing a variety of green technologies.”

For more information about the nursery, or to register your interest, contact Compass Primary Academy on 01536 532707.