TWO new nurseries have opened in South Tyneside to help meet the borough’s demand for early education places.
The two small Stanley’s daycare nurseries were launched within the crèches of Whitburn and Marsden children’s centre and Jarrow children’s centre, yesterday.
Both will help cater for the need for more places, which are required due to the national free early education offer that eligible children from the age of two can access 570 hours of free nursery education annually from the term after their second birthday.
Each centre can provide places for eight children, with nurseries running at Whitburn on mornings and at Jarrow on afternoons.
Both nurseries are also accredited with the borough’s new Quality Mark for Childcare, Stanley (South Tyneside Accredited Network for Learning in the Early Years), which acknowledges childcare providers rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families, performed the official opening of the two nurseries.
She said: “The Government’s changes mean more two-year-olds are able to access free early education, and the council’s early years and childcare service is working closely with providers to ensure there are places available for all those children who are entitled to the offer.
“These two children’s centres are already providing a fantastic range of services for local families and we are delighted we can now provide pre-school places from these venues by making better use of the facilities available. This is great news for families.”
The council has also secured £30,000 from the South Tyneside and Gateshead Local Education Partnership to improve the outdoor play areas for six children’s centre nurseries including Whitburn and Jarrow. Work will take place over the summer.
Parents who would like to find out if their child is eligible for the early education offer can contact the families information service on 0800 783 4645.