Children watch digging get underway for nursery expansion

Posted on November 8, 2017 by AireAdmin No Comments

Photo shows nursery children Louie Duffy (left) and Charlie Raw (right)

Children from Nightingales Day Nursery at Airedale Hospital were given the opportunity to watch digging get underway this week by local construction firm Ellison Construction, as work started on the new expansion to their nursery.

Nightingales is one of 5 nurseries in the region to receive a share of £500,000 from the Early Years Capital Fund to extend its facilities.

Once the foundations are complete a new annex building will be delivered to site by Portakabin which will provide an entire extra building for the pre-school age children.

The funding follows an announcement by the Department for Education (DFE) in March 2017 that a further £50m had been allocated to a capital programme to meet the expected demand for nursery places for working parents who are now able to access an additional 15 hours extended entitlement- known as the 30 hours.

In Bradford 5 applications were granted by the DFE awarding a total of almost £500,000 which will create 200 places across the district.  Nightingales were awarded over £200,000 to create a further 26 places for 3 and 4 year olds, allowing more parents to access free childcare.

The nursery which prides itself on helping children achieve their potential by learning through play, was recently rated as ‘Good’ by OFSTED in all areas, and praised for its well qualified and well trained staff and for the excellent relationship that staff have with parents.

The nursery cares for babies from 10 weeks old to school age, from 7am to 7pm, 5 days a week.  Places are offered to NHS staff as a priority but are also open to non-NHS parents. For more information or to book a visit, contact Val Hogg, Childcare Provision Manager on 01535 294092 or email

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