Nursery reveals expansion plans

Desborough West Lodge Farm Day Nursery, extra premises: '17/01/12
Desborough West Lodge Farm Day Nursery, extra premises: '17/01/12

A nursery is expanding its provision to meet demand from local families.

The day nursery at West Lodge Rural Centre in Desborough has room for 60 children but the extension will mean places for 76 in total.

Ofsted, the Government’s education watchdog, has approved the move and registration is now open for three-year-olds to join this Easter.

Mo Dee, the nursery’s registered provider, said: “We are a 60-place nursery but we have people on a waiting list to join our provision for three-year-olds.

“Desborough is really expanding, especially with the Grange estate being built, but there has been no extra nursery provision put in.

“I approached Ofsted to see whether we could increase our numbers and whether the cricket club would be a good venue.

“They were very happy with the plans and they know we’re also going to continue to use the existing nursery.

“We have allotments in the farm park so one morning a week the children will be able to put their wellies on and go and dig about. We can also take them for long walks.

“The extension is really going to provide a service for Desborough – it will also create employment as we will be taking on three new members of staff.”

The nursery has been inundated with registration inquiries since the government introduced funding for three-year-olds to attend nursery.

The extension at West Lodge will provide free sessional care for a further 16 children and registrations are being taken now.

Children will be able to attend from Monday to Friday for either three hours in the morning or three hours in the afternoon.

The cricket club will be used as normal at weekends.

Sharon Block, the nursery’s manager, said: “If people get in touch with us we can show them around the existing nursery school, which will be the same set up as the new one.

“If children have their third birthday before March 30 they can apply for a free place through the government to start in April.”

To apply for a place call 01536 764868.

Applications are also being accepted for the September intake.