Gosforth Nursery – Gosforth Nursery New Build Project

Having used porta cabin buildings for a number of years to provide a nursery education for pre-school children those ‘temporary’ buildings were now at the end of their life and needed replacing with a purpose built permanent structure. Thus allowing Gosforth Nursery to continue to operate but also to extend the provision to include younger children and babies, and remain open throughout the year, a service which was much needed in the local community.

The project was complete in June 2011 included a range of ‘green’ sources of energy, to make the Nursery ‘future proof’. These included the air source heating system, solar panels for hot water, photovoltaic tiles to generate electricity and all surface water to soak-away reducing the amount of foul water treatment required.

Gillian Jackson, Nursery Manager said “by including green technology within the project we anticipated savings on our electricity bills and am delighted to say this has most certainly happened.”

She added, “The impact on the community and our organisation has been truly wonderful. The installation of the ‘green’ resources mentioned has enabled us to cover our electricity costs through the FIT (feed-in-tariff) programme. This obviously ‘frees up’ this money for purchasing additional resources for the children”.

“We are all very excited about the most recent addition to our learning environment; Pine Lodge at the bottom of our garden will provide opportunity to further enhance our outdoor provision offering the children opportunities to explore and investigate in the natural environment”.

The nursery continues to go from strength to strength and currently has 80 preschool children on roll, with around 25 older children accessing out of school provision.

There are currently 16 employees including two apprentices working towards nationally recognised qualifications.

The continuing commitment of the manager, staff and management committee makes Gosforth Nursery a popular choice for families in the local community. The nursery can offer flexibility of care and education to meet the diverse needs of working parents and is proud of its inclusive approach. Places for under 2’s are particularly important for parents returning to work and there is a waiting list well into the future.

Other funding was secured from: Cumbria Community Foundation, Hadfield Trust, Cumbria County Council, AMEC and own fundraising. They also had a range of in-kind support from the nuclear industry with planning, design, project management, quality assurance and marketing.


Outputs

  • All ‘green’ equipment installed – associate improvement to environment
  • Saving on energy bills
  • 9 jobs safeguards
  • 6 additional childcare provision for babies
  • 8 additional childcare provision for school children
  • 2 additional jobs created

Outcomes

  • The whole project meets the outcomes of people having better chances in life, stronger communities and improved rural environments. Parents will have opportunity to return to work earlier when we extend our services to provide care for younger children and we build on the reputation of the Nursery as a central part in the life of the village and community.