Top-performing nursery finally gets a brand new home

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STAFF and children at a nursery in Portsea are looking forward to their brand new building which is just weeks from completion.

Portsea Community Day Nursery, which for 10 years has worked out of two rooms in St George’s Beneficial CoE Primary, will have its own purpose-built room and garden for youngsters to enjoy.

It is a major step for the nursery, which faced closure and up to 14 staff redundancies last year when the primary school, currently undergoing an expansion, reclaimed its rooms.

But Portsmouth City Council stepped in with £70,000 to ensure the top nursery continued to provide for residents and employees in the Portsea area.

Carole Sharman, chairwoman of the board of trustees, said: ‘We are thrilled with the new building which was a major relief after facing closure. We are so looking forward to its completion.

‘For the first time we will have our own space and we will be able to use the room and the new garden to its maximum potential.’

The room is being built on the same site in Union Street which adjoins to a sure start centre, and will be given a so-called High Scope design.

This means it will be divided up according to different areas of learning like maths, reading and exploring.

Mrs Sharman hopes the new nursery building will allow greater flexibility in hours to help working parents.