New childcare places to be created at Norwich Research Park

11 April 2017

The government has awarded nearly £1m funding to build or expand three nurseries in Norfolk.

The move will unlock more childcare places in the county, ahead of the Government’s scheme offering 30 hours of free childcare for 3 to 4 year olds, which is being introduced from September to benefit working parents.

Norwich Research Park at Colney, Bignold Primary School in Norwich and John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School in Aylsham have all been successful in their bids for capital funding to build new nursery provision. It is hoped that these buildings will be complete by the end of November.

As a large employer, Norwich Research Park had been seeking to provide a nursery for staff and students. The Park will receive a grant of £433,650 towards its plans for a nursery facility.

Norwich Research Park is delighted to have been successful in being awarded funding from the Early Years Capital Fund to provide new childcare places which will be of great benefit to the organisations based at the Park.The Government funding has been supplemented by additional financial support by the John Innes Foundation. The nursery will contribute to the supportive environment provided for both organisations and their employees.

We are working closely with Norfolk County Council Early years staff and our Member organisations to deliver this much needed asset to the Park.

Bignold Primary School will receive £261,600 from the Department for Education, which - when added to other funding already raised - will enable building work to offer 34 extra spaces.

The John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School in Aylsham will receive £280,837 to add to funding which will create a new stand-alone nursery for 37 children.

A previous bid by Norfolk County Council last year for six nurseries led to a grant of £300,000 being awarded to share between two of the projects - The Rainbow Centre at RAF Marham and to Scarning Pre school. They are expected to open their new nursery places by September.

Working parents will be eligible for up to 30 hours free childcare a week for their 3-4 year-old child from September. High demand is expected for the additional hours which build on the current offer of 15 free hours of childcare a week for all 3 and 4 year olds. The Government anticipates that 5,200 families will be eligible for the scheme in Norfolk, if childcare places are available.