£50m development pot shared between providers

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A £50m pot of funding from the Government will be shared between just under 200 nurseries, pre-schools and schools to build, expand and refurbish their premises ahead of the 30-hour offer.

To be eligible, either the local authority or providers themselves were expected to raise 25% of the funding and also be open by 1 September, which is when the Government’s 30-hour offer will be introduced. 

In total, there are 72 new builds, 33 conversions, 52 extensions, 26 refurbishments and 6 other types of build. Around a quarter of the successful projects will be on school sites.

One successful applicant for the funding was The Mead Community Primary School in Wiltshire, which has been awarded £140,000 to build a nursery. This money will enable them to offer thirty 30-hour places.

Emma Holton, who is head of the school, said:  “We are absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to extend our already outstanding early years provision to include a nursery.

“Ever since The Mead opened in 2001, we have held the ambition of having a nursery as part of our provision, and we are over the moon to finally be able to add the final missing piece to our school family jigsaw puzzle.

“We are excited about the opportunities that having a nursery on site will provide our children in developing the characteristics of effective learning and skills that are essential for school readiness. We also feel strongly that this will be of great benefit to local families as they will be able to access the 30 hours for working parents from September at The Mead.”

The full list of projects can be seen here.

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