A new Essex nursery, which will provide 42 places for local children, is in planning stages with the aim to help tackle the childcare shortage.

Step Start Nurseries has put forward a proposal to occupy a site in Roman Road, Brentwood, and will be run by a primary school teacher and a marketing entrepreneur.

The plan proposes care for children from 7am-7pm aged up to 5 years old, in an area which has been red-zoned in terms of its childcare sufficiency.

The application states:

“The new setting will provide a much-needed service to the local infrastructure, in particular with the new building development soon to complete at the A12 end of Roman Road.

“We plan to deliver the best provision with a keen focus on the education of the children and the relationship between ourselves and parents.

“Our outdoor area will consist of a small area to the side of the property which will allow for a free flow for children to play on a small scale.

“We will require the use of a larger space. We plan to work with the primary school on the use of their rear land and even a potential space which we will lease on a more permanent basis to the rear of the building.

“Should the school area be unavailable, we will visit the local Mountnessing children’s park, a short walk away.”

Consultation with the local schools has already started and it is hoped that funding is available from the council in order to extend the outdoor area.

So far, reactions have been positive, with local businesses and neighbours supporting the planned venture. The nursery’s eventual owners have even managed to arrange for parents and staff to use the parking facilities at the local The George and Dragon pub.

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