Martlesham: Children, parents and staff celebrate expansion of nursery

Due to success and demand, Bridge Farm Day Nursery in Martlesham is expanding in 2014. A new purpose

Due to success and demand, Bridge Farm Day Nursery in Martlesham is expanding in 2014. A new purpose built preschool will be completed to provide an extra 24 spaces for children aged up to five.

A Suffolk nursery is celebrating an expansion due to its success and high demand for places.

A new purpose built preschool at Bridge Farm Day Nursery, in Martlesham, will provide an extra 24 spaces for children aged up to five.

Owner Dan Powick said: “It is a relief to finally be extending as our popularity means we have to turn parents away quite often. This should ensure that we can give all the parents the places they want by the end of the year.”

The new building will still be part of Bridge Farm nursery but will have its own kitchen, garden and office.

Although the new building is for children aged three to five, it will mean spaces become available for all under-fives. The nursery has been expanded with the help of Suffolk County Council.

Mr Powick and his wife, Tina, started as childminders in Woodbridge 12 years ago before opening Rendlesham Day Nursery in 2005 and Bridge Farm Nursery in 2008. In 2009, Mr Powick became one of the first men in Suffolk to achieve level six early years professional status.

They are backed by a team of staff and two nursery managers, both who started with the company on its first day nearly 10 years ago.

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Nursery manager Lorraine Harrington said: “It is very rare for staff to leave us, which gives the nursery excellent continuity.

“Many of the parents are now bringing their second or third child to the nursery which gives it a warm, family feel.”

For more information please call 01394 388062 or visit bridgefarmdaynursery.co.uk.