AN AWARD-WINNING nursery in Wythall has created a new state-of-the-art eco-classroom for youngsters to learn in an environmentally friendly space.
The Wendy House Day Nursery, on Chapel Lane, recieved funding from the Department for Education (DfE) to build the new classroom with the latest equipment for more than 30 pre-school children.
Officially opened by the Leader of Bromsgrove District Council, Geoff Denaro, the facility is an air-tight building with excellent ventilation and minimal need for conventional heating, making it cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
Coun Geoff Denaro said: “I’m delighted to see a Bromsgrove District nursery taking the lead and building for a brighter, more sustainable future.
“From the national government’s funding, related to its expansion of provision of nursery hours, to the county’s educational support, and then our flexibility at the planning stages given this small extension was within the green belt.
“It has all added up to an excellent outcome for local families.”
The Wendy House Day Nursery, which provides child care to more than 300 families in the West Midlands, was recently awarded the National Day Nurseries Assocation’s prestigious ‘Nursery of the Year’ title for the central region.
The nursery secured funding after Worcestershire County Council invited bids from providers of early years education to expand childcare provision in their area last year.
Victoria Vann, managing director of The Wendy House Day Nursery, said: “We are very excited about the launch of the eco-classroom, without this funding it would not have been possible.
“We are delighted our application was successful and our ambition to create more spaces for three and four-year-olds can be realised in such an innovative way.”