New nursery building at Old Clee Primary School set up to cope with increasing pupil numbers
A BABY boom is the reason for a new nursery building at Old Clee Primary School.
And the purpose-built facility, funded by North East Lincolnshire, is already at full capacity despite there being room for ten more children than previously.
The original nursery was in two classrooms, and catered for 75 three to four-year-olds, but the new open-plan extension to the school can hold 85.
Head teacher Steve Gallaway said: "The demand for places has been increasing every year which is why we have had the nursery built.
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"The number of births are increasing every year in Grimsby and we are hoping this improved facility can help with the demand."
According to the NHS Information Services, there were 2,739 births in 2010 and 2,764 in 2011 in North East Lincolnshire.
And this year, between January and August, there were 1,816.
Mum Leanne Williams , found a place for her three-year-old daughter Matilda Fifield at Old Clee.
She said: "The nursery is fantastic now and looks so much bigger and brighter than the old rooms.
"I attended Old Clee Primary School when I was younger, which is why I wanted my daughter to attend."
The nursery also has an extended outdoor play area, a large indoor play area, toilets and a kitchen.
Leienna Webster, 3, has joined the nursery, and mum Jodie Webster, said: "I'm pleased I have found a space for Leienna in this nursery and she thinks it is very pretty and nice.
"It's easy for the children to get around and it is very open so they can see where everything is.
"She will also enjoy the outdoor space."
Two Grimsby University students are gaining real-life work experience at the nursery as part of their child-care course. Kim Parker, 17, is on an eight week placement.
She said: "I started off working in the old nursery and this one is so much better and more spacious.
"I am enjoying the experience and when I am older I want to be an early years practitioner or a nanny."