The purpose built nursery was opened in 1979. Since then it has been extended and updated to meet the needs of today’s children. In 2018 a large extension was added to the building to create another nursery floor and a large office area and downstairs bathroom directly accessible from the outdoor area. This has allowed us to offer more places and accommodate the 30 hour offer.
The outdoor area has also been developed to include: different landscaped areas, three outdoor heated ‘Lodges’, large astro turfed play area, mud kitchen, slide and swing, water feature, woodwork shed, an area for bikes and cars, a soft surface play area with climbing equipment, a sensory garden, and an area where children can plant and grow. The fish pond provides a great deal of interest all year round.
On each nursery floor, there are modern toilet and changing facilities, a light/sensory room, a soft play room, areas for quiet and also for larger group activity. Each floor also has areas for painting and “messy” activities; downstairs has a sunken sandpit. All areas of nursery both indoors and outdoors are accessible to all children with a lift and ramps to aid access.
Charnwood produces home cooked, healthy nutritious meals and snacks and caters for all dietary requirements. Our recently renovated family room is a comfortable place for families and visitors to relax and enjoy refreshments utilising our new kitchen area. A smaller quiet room allows a space for parents to meet with staff / family worker for support and confidential conversations.
Charnwood is a very happy, busy place, and most spaces are used for several different purposes each day. This helps to create some of the atmosphere and togetherness that is part of the Charnwood experience.