New nursery opens in Witton-le-Wear school

AS the doors opened for the new school term in Witton-le-Wear nursery aged children were welcomed for the first time.

Witton-le-Wear Primary School hailed the launch of its nursery this week which has already been a hit – with youngsters signed up until 2021.

The school’s early years classroom has been converted into a new early years unit which is now home to both reception and nursery children.

Mark Stephenson, headteacher, said: “We’ve always had reception to year six but we decided to provide extended services to children and parents in the village and surrounding area. It will make the school more sustainable for the future as well.”

On Thursday the new cohort of little ones attended the official opening.

They will learn alongside reception children from three existing members of staff.

“It gives the staff a bit of continuation and the children start in the setting they will hopefully stay in,” added Mr Stephenson. “It will be a good grounded start to their early years education.”

The nursery can offer a mix of 30 to 50 hours of provision a week. It will be full by Easter.

Earlier this year the school marked its 50th anniversary and Mr Stephenson hopes this signals the start to the next 50 years of the school.

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