Smart new site for well-rated Sheffield nursery

Grace Owen Nursery with Cllr Jackie Drayton
Grace Owen Nursery with Cllr Jackie Drayton
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YoungSTERS at a Sheffield nursery are looking forward to settling into a new home at the centre of the redeveloped Park Hill flats complex.

Grace Owen Nursery, which has been at Park Hill for 50 years, has had plans approved to relocate to a new space in the landmark building, which is being redeveloped at a cost of £160 million.

Work on the new nursery will start imminently, with Sheffield Council fitting out the relocated facility. Discussions are ongoing about the future of the old site.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “Grace Owen Nursery, at the heart of the Park Hill, has been loved and appreciated by all the children and families who have attended over the years.

“It is wonderful to know it will continue to provide much needed early years services for the residents and community in its new premises.

“The nursery will benefit from the world class landscape that is being created all around it, and it will be a real asset in this groundbreaking regeneration project.”

Tom Bloxham, chairman of Urban Splash, Park Hill’s developer, said: “This is another good piece of news for the regeneration of Park Hill. It will provide a fantastic new home for Grace Owen Nursery - one of the best in Sheffield.

“The nursery will be a great complement to the homes, offices, landscaping and retail that will be an integral of Park Hill and I am looking forward to when it opens next year.”

Grace Owen Nursery is open all year round for children aged from six months to four years old. In the school holidays it runs playcare schemes for children up to eight years old.

The nursery’s recent Ofsted inspection rated it as ‘outstanding’ for its work with parents and communities. Free places for three and four-year-olds, for up to 15 hours per week per child, are currently available.