High Bank Day Nursery has been given the go-ahead to build a new classroom after altering its original layout to keep children, staff, and parents safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have received approval to proceed with the construction of the new room for our older pre-school (aged 3-5) children.
The timber-framed building will sit alongside and complement a poly-tunnel which was converted into an ‘outdoor’ classroom in the summer to provide pre-school children with their own learning bubble.
This also enabled High Bank, which is rated as outstanding by Ofsted and as one of the top 20 nurseries in north east England by reviews website Day Nurseries, to provide more space in the original building fir its younger children.
Following planning approval from Richmondshire District Council, work on the new building will start early in the new year and should only take up to four weeks to complete.
High Bank Day Nursery Owner Lesley Thompson said: “We are delighted to have secured approval to provide a new classroom for our pre-school children.
“It will provide children who are preparing to start school with a fantastic learning environment with the polytunnel, which has proven a great success, continuing to simulate an outdoor learning experience.”
To prepare for its re-opening June following the first national lockdown, High Bank had to alter its existing layout to allow it to run safely and effectively during the pandemic.
This resulted in more space being freed up inside for the nursery’s younger children.
Mrs Thompson added: “We now have the best of both worlds because we have more space for all the children, which with Covid-19 in mind is very important.
“The health, safety and wellbeing of the children, parents and staff has always been our number one priority, and this is reflected by the new classroom we are excited to be getting.”bubbles, covid-19 secure, extension, high bank children's day nursery, new classroom, richmondshire district council