The brand new Fernwood Nursery has opened its doors to children in Wollaton.

The nursery is part of Fernwood Primary School and there will be an official ribbon cutting celebration on Friday 5 February.

The nursery welcomed its first children on Monday 18 January and now offers 52 morning and afternoon places for children aged three and four from the local community.

Fernwood Primary was one of the only schools in the city without a nursery, but now they can offer younger children a nursery closer to home.

Building work took place on the existing Children’s Centre to create a purpose built nursery. The Children’s Centre will still remain open and deliver services, sharing the building with the nursery. Helped by a strong partnership with Fernwood Primary School, the new building has cost £400,000 and took four months to complete from September 2015.

Mandy Austin, the Executive Head of the Primary & Nursery School, said: “We are happy and excited to provide a great nursery to local children. We are very proud of our new nursery. The facilities are top of the range.

“This nursery is just a fantastic place to be and what makes it special is the passion, dedication and hard work of all its staff who are so focused on their job.

“Lynne Orme, Head of School (Infant & Nursery) and Ravi Kaur, the Nursery Lead, have given 100% commitment to the Nursery, its development and excellent provision.”

Councillor David Mellen, Portfolio Holder for Early Intervention and Early Years, said: “This new nursery is what local parents wanted; they told us and we delivered. The new facility will serve the local community and intends to offer the same outstanding provision that’s already being delivered in the Primary school whilst maintaining a Children’s Centre in the area.

“This facility will provide a professional, safe and happy environment for local children, giving them the best start in life.”