The former Salvation Army Hall in Wellington is entering the final stages of total refurbishment in time for its opening as Wellington School’s new Chapel Nursery in September.
The Chapel Nursery will be for 2 to 3 year olds, adding a further dimension to the school’s early years’ provision which currently begins for 3 year olds in Price’s Nursery which is adjacent to the Prep School.
The Chapel Nursery will be open from 8am to 6pm 50 weeks of the year staffed by 4 full-time fully-qualified nursery specialists and will take no more than 24 children.
The redevelopment of the former chapel which the school purchased last year has been overseen by Wellington Prep School Head Adam Gibson, Early Years leader Rachel Lucas and Prep School Registrar Maria Kerr. The lofty hall with its graceful windows now includes suspended acoustic ‘clouds’ made by Woolly Shepherd of Weekmoor in the central area, ‘sleep pods’, new toilets and washing facilities and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. It will have its own adventure garden and access has been reconfigured directly from the school’s car park avoiding all disturbance for Scott’s Lane residents. Meals will be provided by the school’s catering team.
Mrs Kerr said, “This has been a really exciting project for us. It’s a lovely building and will be perfect for the nursery, allowing play and activities both inside and outside. We offer very flexible arrangements for parents whose children can come for different sessions depending on their needs – and the nursery will be open 50 weeks of the year to offer the most help to parents.”
When Wellington School acquired the building from the Salvation Army, Prep School Head Adam Gibson said: “Its location is ideal for us. The building has an important history and has an exciting future for the school and the town. We made a determined choice to keep the numbers low in order to maintain the outstanding quality of early years care for which we are known. From our parents’ point of view being able to offer year-round care is a great option, especially as the number of families in the town is continuing to grow.”
Wellington School’s Early Years care was judged ‘Outstanding’ in all areas in its last two inspections (2011 and 2014).