A NEW pre-school nursery has officially opened its doors.

The new pre-school nursery at Chawson First School, on Wych Road, Droitwich, is now open following a £650,000 funding grant from Worcestershire County Council.

The grant has helped to support the building of the nursery, to help meet the demand for places within the local school community.

According to Worcestershire County Council, children have plenty of space to explore the different areas of learning, including a large reading area, a home-corner to encourage language and social skills, and a large outdoor area.

Nick Sanders, chair of governors, said: “We are very excited for the opening of Chawson Pre-School.

"It is a delight to see this impressive new building come alive, providing a vital foundation for our children as they begin their educational journey watched over by a caring and committed staff team.” 

In May last year, Worcestershire County Council lowered the age range of the school from five-year-olds to nine-year-olds to three-year-olds – nine-year-olds. 

Funding from Section 106 Education Obligations was allocated to develop the nursery building.

Cllr Tracey Onslow, cabinet member for education at Worcestershire County Council said: “I’m really pleased to hear the positive impact the new pre-school building is having on children and I’m really glad we’ve been able to help meet demand for places in the local community.”

The ribbon was cut at the school's opening event by Rebecca Redfern, a multiple medallist in Paraswimming from Droitwich.

She said: "I am honoured to be a part of the opening of the new preschool building at Chawson First School. 

"This is a wonderful addition to the school and the community which I’m sure will be an exciting learning experience for future children and their families.”

The Mayor of Droitwich Spa, Councillor Kate Fellows, also attended the official opening.