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New early years places for two year olds

An extension and refurbishment of Olive Tree Montessori Nursery in Manor Park Community Centre is now complete.

The funding to support the building work was provided by the council’s early years service to create more space in the nursery and offer 24 additional part time funded early education places for two year olds in the borough.

The funding was used by the nursery to extend and refurbish the main nursery space, which included converting a storage room into children’s toilets.

The building work forms part of the council’s modernisation project for the whole of Manor Park Community Centre.

Cllr Shabnum Sadiq, cabinet member for children and education, said: “Research has proven that children who get a good start in early years, perform better at school and later in life in their chosen career. I would urge all parents with 2, 3 or 4 year olds who are not already attending a nursery or children’s centre, to get in touch and find out what they are entitled to.

“Funded places are also there for working parents and I know how difficult it is for some parents to go back to work after having children because of the high childcare costs. Again, get in touch, we can help and will let you know if you are entitled to 30 hours free childcare – it could make a huge difference to your family.”

Olive Tree Montessori nursery has been Ofsted registered since 2011 and is open term time between 9am and 3pm for children aged between 2 and 4 years. For details on the places available, call 01753 574591 or email info@olivetreemontessori.com

Find out more about funded nursery places on the council's website or call 01753 476589.

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