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By VICTORIA LEGGETT, Education correspondent
Thursday, June 7, 2012
A nursery in Norwich yesterday unveiled a £40,000 revamp of its garden which has transformed the space for youngsters and aims to make the site a centre of excellence in the county.
Woodside One Neighbourhood Nursery, on Woodside Road, is the only county council-run children’s centre in Norfolk and shares a site with the professional development centre.
Yesterday, a major re-development of its outside space was officially opened with the help of the nursery’s children, parents, staff and neighbours.
The revamp, which has been funded through a mixture of a grant awarded to Woodside One and fundraising by staff and parents, has seen the garden transformed.
Manager Amanda Ward said: “It was very plain – we didn’t have very much at all. This has been a huge thing for us.
“We’ve had canopies put in to provide shelter for the children so they can go out in all weather, a big beach sand pit for the older children and a sand pit for the baby room. The pre-school hatched its own chickens and we’ve done fundraising for a chicken coop.”
Youngsters also get to explore a mini beast box area, a gym trail, monkey bars and a grassed area.
For yesterday’s opening, the nursery welcomed two local policemen to kick off proceedings. People from the neighbouring community were also invited in to check out the facilities.
Woodside One currently has 93 families registered at the site and can cater for up to 44 children per day.
Miss Ward said the county council hoped to make the nursery, which is in the process of recruiting three more members of staff to add to its existing 19 workers, a centre of excellence for the county.
“We share a site with the professional development centre and training is based on that site. They are hoping they can incorporate the nursery into that. People doing their training will be able to come and view the nursery and link it to what they’re learning. It will be somewhere to see best practice in action,” she said.
Woodside One Nursery was inspected by Ofsted in October last year.
It was rated good overall with the site’s links with parents graded “outstanding”.