Work to start at last on nursery building

February 27 2019

PARENTS of toddlers in Lyde Green finally have some positive news - work is due to start on a nursery for the estate this month.

lyde green nursery site
The facility was initially expected to be completed by Easter 2018, ready to be occupied in September 2018. However, listed buildings nearby and ground levels caused some delays and it was not until January this year that planning permission was granted..
The provider of the nursery, Happy Days Nurseries, is planning a single storey building which will include an allocation for 13 car parking spaces, an outdoor play area and places for 81 children from three months to four years old. The nursery will also have its own kitchen so that meals can be cooked onsite, and when it’s full they expect to have up to 40 employed staff, with 27 in at any one time. The principal idea at Happy Days Nurseries is that everything is free flowing, allowing children to play in their own time rather than having a structure that is too regimented.
The development team of Clipper Properties and their contractor Kitto plc have been working with the Housing Consortium and South Gloucestershire Council to deliver the nursery, and Happy Days Nurseries is hoping to open the facility in early 2020, with construction fully starting in early March 2019.
Kevin Higgs, development director for Happy Days Nurseries, said: “We are delighted to be working with Clipper and Kitto to start the delivery stage of this development. We have been working hard with the council, landowner and developer to deliver a nursery that fits into the community and provides much needed early years care for the expanding community in this part of Bristol.
“Whilst the construction of the building gets going during March, we will be discussing the details of our nursery with the community and stakeholders, so that once we have a final opening date we can actively get involved with parents in the lead up to the opening in 2020.”
Happy Days Nurseries is in  fourth place on Nursery World’s list of the top 20 largest nursery chains in the country. The provider currently runs 21 settings and for those which are eligible for an Ofsted rating, 100% have been given the rating of Outstanding and Good.
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