Work has now started on the long awaited £205k extension to the Millom Stepping Stones Nursery on St George’s Road. The new extension will allow the nursery to have an additional 50 new places available for the children in the town and surrounding areas.
It is anticipated that the building will be fully completed late summer and the Stepping Stones are looking forward to the extra space and welcoming more young children into their much loved facility.
Kelly James, Manager of Stepping Stones said: “It was a local ‘baby boom’ a couple, of years ago and a growing number of parents returning” to work was driving the nursery intake numbers up over the past five years and inspired us to aim for an extension to the nursery to enhance the support we can give to local families.”
“It’s been a long journey to secure the funding we needed. The support from Copeland Community Fund in helping us produce the Business Plan, provide advice in securing grants and the significant direct award from the fund has been invaluable. We hope the building will be complete late summer and we can quickly move to taking in more children into what is already a much loved community facility.”
Chair of Copeland Community Fund, John Rowlands, said: “Before any project can get off the ground it needs a clear plan and secured funding and Stepping Stones is a great example of where the our Community Development Team can help local groups. The enhanced facility will build on their excellent work and was why we were delighted that in addition to the support the Fund provided to the Group through Paula Ratcliffe, as a Fund itself we were able to contribute £48,000 to the project”
“I’m looking forward to visiting the nursery when the building is finished and is being used by its new generation. Great credit goes to all involved to date and with their determination I’m confident we will see a valuable addition to local services.”
By extending and re-arranging the room space in the current building will see a “baby room” catering for 3 months to 18 months old, a new classroom for children aged 18 months to 2 years 6 months and a Pre-school room will be for children aged 2 years 6 months to 8 years.