An enterprising South Tyneside nursery has made more room for learning – by taking advantage of the great outdoors.
Helen Gibson Day Nursery, based in North Lane, East Boldon, has expanded its horizons with the opening of a new log cabin classroom.
The eye-catching new unit was built from scratch in just six weeks on the grounds of the nursery and will cater specifically for two-year-olds.
The eco-friendly classroom comes complete with its own living roof –vegetated layers that cover the building – and has been funded by South Tyneside Council.
The cabin can house 12 tots at any one time, with eight youngsters already signed up for the new term.
It has been set up to give extra room for the nursery to accept two-year-old children eligible for 15 hours of free childcare each week as part of a Government drive to provide education for all.
Among these eligible under the scheme – which was introduced last year under the previous coalition Government– include families on low incomes and children with special education needs.
The forward-thinking education space was officially opened by South Tyneside Council’s lead member for Children, Young People and Families.
Jenny Parker, headteacher at Helen Gibson Day Nursery, said: “The day went really well.
“We had a lot of parents turn up to see the new cabin with their children.
A lot of parents are already saying fantastic things about the nursery
“We will be offering education in the prime areas of learning, particularly communication and language, giving children the building blocks they need.
“We have space for 12 children at any one time.
“It is already in use, with eight children already using the facility.
“A lot of parents are already saying fantastic things about the nursery.”
Nursery places for two-year-olds at the nursery are still available. For more information, contact Helen Gibson Day Nursery on 519 6846.