Rockwell Green C of E Primary School, Wellington, is to benefit directly from a scheme to provide new childcare places for young children around the country. The school will have a modular unit built on the campus to allow the nursery to move from an existing classroom in the main building. The extended nursery will provide 20 new 30 hour places for the community and will cost a total of £226,143.
West Somerset is among the areas set to benefit from the announcement of the £50 million scheme. Somerset County Council worked in partnership with six nurseries and pre-schools in Somerset to bid for a combined £1.5million from the Department for Education as part of the Government’s 30 hours free childcare offer.
Somerset County Council is also supporting the projects with nearly £350,000 of capital funds.
The Government has pledged to offer three and four-year-olds in England 30 hours of free care a week, according to the Department for Education (DfE). Almost 200 nurseries and pre-schools in Somerset will benefit from the funding pot provided by the Government and Somerset County Council, allowing them to invest in new buildings, upgrade old ones and improve facilities.