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Nursery extension complete

Cllr Sadiq, cabinet member for children and education, Michael Jarrett, SBC, and nursery staff join children in celebrating the new extension

An extension at Lascelles Park Nursery has opened up 39 new places for three and four year old children.

The council is celebrating the completion of the work in Lascelles Park, which followed a successful bid to the Department for Education to get much needed funds to offer more 30 hour childcare places across the borough.

The government in its manifesto made a commitment to give working parents of three and four year olds across the country, 30 hours of free childcare a week, and so invited local councils to bid for money from the Early Years Capital Fund to increase the provision of childcare places.

Cllr Shabnum Sadiq, cabinet member for education and children, said: “Increasing the number of free childcare places for working parents is a key priority for the council, and I am delighted we can now offer more places at this amazing new facility.

“We know it is very difficult for some parents to go back to work after having children because of the high costs of childcare, so providing 30 hours of free childcare with these new places could make a huge difference to some families.”

The council was also successful in another bid to provide an extension to Blue Willow Day Nursery, in Salt Hill Park, and building work was due to be complete in July.

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