Nursery re-opens following £180,000 revamp
Little Scholars Nursery, at Randall Lines Halls of Residence in Molineux Street, was extensively refurbished over the summer, enhancing the indoor and outdoor facilities for the children.
The expansion transformed the children’s environment by providing additional space for excellent play-based learning facilities.
The nursery now features a state-of-the-art interactive whiteboard for the children to explore and extended space for the babies to play and learn.
A special celebration event was held on Friday, 3 October 2014 to enable parents, University staff and invited guests to tour the new facilities. The children and guests were treated to special cupcakes and some short speeches to mark the re-opening.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer attended the opening, along with guests from the Early Help Services team at Wolverhampton City Council. Representatives from Bow Construction, which carried out the work, and Tweedale Architects were also present.
Assistant Director in Estates and Facilities at the University, Emma Furnival, said: “We are thrilled with the refurbishment of the nursery. The parents have told us how impressed they are with the new facilities, which provide a really engaging space for the children to learn and play.
“The celebration enabled us to officially mark the re-opening with the children, and we were delighted that representatives from the Early Years team at the Council were able to come along and see the fantastic facilities we have on offer.”
The revamp has enabled the nursery to increase the number of places it can offer from 50 to a maximum of 68.
Wolverhampton City Council awarded the nursery £90,000 and the University match-funded the project. Eight of the 68 places at the nursery are for the Community Terrific for Two initiative, which aims to provide high quality early learning for the community.
The new facilities also include additional children’s toilets, a private area for University staff to breastfeed or express their milk, a confidential meeting room and the creation of additional storage.
Little Scholars nursery offers high quality childcare to University staff, students and members of the local community, enabling parents to pursue higher education and employment.
It was rated as Outstanding in a 2010 Ofsted inspection.
The nursery is registered to care for children between nine months and five years of age.
The nursery remained open during the refurbishment but was located in a different building.
Picture: Debbie Pheasant from Early Help Services at Wolverhampton City Council, Olivia Shaw aged three, and University of Wolverhampton Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer at the re-opening of Little Scholars Nursery.
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