School nurseries to benefit from grant fund
September 22, 2020
Additional nursery places will be made available at a Cramlington school after it was announced that Cramlington Village Primary is one of two schools in Northumberland to receive grant funding from the Department of Education.
Morpeth Road Academy and Cramlington Village Primary school will both benefit from the funding which totals over £370,000, enabling them to open their doors to more children.
Cramlington Village Primary school will receive £99,016 creating an additional 15 spaces to work in partnership with their joint provider to create a bespoke Storytelling Pod positioned in the outdoor area, incorporating an ‘Imagination Den’. This would create a breadth of storytelling provision.
Debbie Wylie, Headteacher for Cramlington Village Primary School said: “This funding means we can move forward with our plans to promote our imaginary world of curiosity and fun for our early years children. We have exciting dreams to share and imaginary places to take them! And the plans are that the offer isn’t just available in term time, it will be all year round as we partner up with our friends at Little Angels who will be leading access to the pod in the holidays.”
Cramlington Town and County Councillor Christine Dunbar added “I’m so pleased that Cramlington Village Primary has received this funding which means that more children will benefit from early years education in Eastfield “
Morpeth Road Academy will receive £271,916 of the funding to offer two year old provision to 16 children aiming to provide a small studio/classroom facility, with adjoining toilet/changing and kitchen facilities. This would allow the academy to extend its age range. As part of this extended offer, the school would also introduce a small number of flexi-spaces across Early Years.
Deb Ward, Executive Headteacher of Morpeth Road Academy, said: “We are certainly going to make best use of this funding by ensuring that the very youngest of our children have the best opportunity of early education. We are so excited to be opening a purpose built 2 year old provision at Morpeth Road as we will get to know our young children even earlier. Our priority is to teach them the skills they need to adapt and inquire and question and cooperate ready for nursery and for later life.”
Whilst both schools will deliver their own projects, the Council will make available the grants and work in partnership with the academies to support and advise where needed.
Councillor Guy Renner-Thompson, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children’s Services said: “We welcome this funding from the Department for Education. The Council is committed to making more places available to children in Northumberland helping them make their first steps into education at the earliest opportunity.”
Children get long-lasting benefits from an early introduction to teaching, whether that is through the play and interaction of their peers, an earlier opportunity to grow their literacy and numeracy skills or even through an early development of good habits and routine thanks to the school day.
Cath McEvoy-Carr, Executive Director for Adult and Children’s services said: “Investing in schools across the county is a priority for the Council, and our capital works programme reflects that.
“It is important that good quality education is available for all children, and funding such as this helps us to make those steps in the right direction to ensure we can deliver on that promise together.”