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Over £750,000 funding received for nursery provision in Torbay

17th February 2017

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Two schools in Torbay will be receiving funding to improve or provide nursery provision.

This follows a successful award of £775,870 to Torbay Council’s Children Services from the Department of Education to extend the nursery offer in the Bay. The funding supports the delivery of the government commitment to provide 30 hours free childcare for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds from September 2017.

 

TDA’s School Capital & Planning Team worked with Torbay Council’s Children Services to secure the funding by developing the proposed project design and providing all the technical and financial information for the bids. TDA Services will be project managing both schemes.

 

The successful bids were for Ellacombe Academy and White Rock Primary School. Ellacombe will use the funding to increase its nursery capacity to 60 places; 48 of which will meet the 30 hour offer. White Rock Primary School plan to open a new nursery which will provide 26 places, all meeting the 30 hour offer. These plans are subject to the schools securing statutory approval for the change to the age range of the school. Both projects are still subject to planning approval.

Ellacombe Academy’s existing nursery is accommodated in a Church Hall adjacent to the school. The funding will be used to maximise the potential of this building by reconfiguring the current layout and refurbishing the second storey, which is currently not utilised.

At White Rock Primary, the funds will be used for establishing a new provision. The funding will be used to install a modular building on the school site which will include a learning space, toilets, resource area and an office. The project will also fund the creation of a secure and dedicated external play area.

The works on the new provisions are due to start in early spring this year and will be ready for the beginning of the new academic year in September 2017.

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