Duo excited by new nursery building

The team move into Henry's Hut.
The team move into Henry's Hut.

A POPULAR nursery in Ponteland is on the move to ‘ideal’ new premises.

Julie Cowey and Sandra Brown, who have looked after young children for 13 years at the United Reformed Church in Darras Hall, are opening a purposely designed building next month.

They believe the premises next to Ponteland Middle and High Schools on Callerton Lane will enable them to enhance their services.

It will provide childcare for up to 30 two to four-year-olds between 8am and 6pm and there will be a change of name from Broadway Nursery to Henry’s Hut (after the much-loved nursery teddy bear called Henry).

Mrs Brown said: “It’s been our dream to open this nursery and this is the perfect location and setting for Henry’s Hut.

“We have completely refurbished the building to create an ideal space to care for young children that is safe, fun and practical.

“We plan to use the wonderful surroundings to enhance the learning opportunities for all of our children and having our own building will enable us to host family events and help us to strengthen our partnership with parents.”

She added that as well as employing all of the existing staff, the new nursery is set to recruit more workers in the coming months.

Hilary Duffy, who takes three-year-old son Robert to the nursery, said: “As a parent, you want the best for your children and when you look for childcare, you want to find nurturing and caring people and a stimulating but safe space in which they can play and learn.

“I’m more than satisfied that Henry’s Hut will provide this.”

Families can find out more at a Teddy Bears’ Picnic open day at the building, which is next to the facility used by the Northumberland Youth Service, on Saturday, August 17, from noon to 3pm.

It can be accessed via the parents’ car park for the middle and high schools.