Norwich nursery re-opens after £90,000 grant funds refurbishment

Chloe Smith cuts the ribbon to reopen the refurbished Once Upon a Time nursery school on Constitutio

Chloe Smith cuts the ribbon to reopen the refurbished Once Upon a Time nursery school on Constitution Hill in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Bill Smith - Archant

A nursery has celebrated its re-opening after a £90,000 grant from the Norfolk Community Foundation supported its refurbishment.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith joined Graham Tuttle, chief executive of the foundation, for the official re-opening of Once Upon a Time Nursery yesterday.

In July, the foundation gave the nursery, which used to be called Jigsaw, a grant from its Two Year Old Fund to 'upgrade and transform' it.

The re-opening ceremony followed a two-week closure in August and other development work.

John Banbury, director of finance and marketing for the nursery, said 25 different tradesmen put in 1,700 hours of work for the refurbishment.

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He said once the building had been completely emptied and the ceiling removed, new internal walls and doors were erected, all external doors and windows were replaced, and all of downstairs was re-wired with new track lighting installed.

A new heating system with low surface temperature radiators was fitted in all of the children's rooms, new sink areas were installed in each room, and the main washroom has new toilet cubicles and sinks fitted, plus a laundry area for the staff.

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The nursery, on Constitution Hill in Norwich, is based on AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh. Next spring it intends to create a Hundred Acre Wood of its own in the back garden.

Ms Smith has previously taken an interest in Once Upon a Time's apprenticeship programme. Over the past five years it has taken on six apprentices, who all became permanent staff.

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