nursery provision feasibility study

Client

Cleadon Church of England Academy

The Brief

The  Government has announced its intention to double the entitlement of free nursery provision from 15 to 30 hours per week for 38 weeks per year, for working parents of three and four year olds.

The Academy is a very popular Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ school in South Tyneside. It has 422 pupils aged four to eleven of which 60 children are in the Early Years Foundation Stage, with a Kids Club providing pre and after school care.

The Academy is expecting an increase in demand for the provision of nursery places due to the changes to free nursery provision and commissioned d3associates to undertake a feasibility study to assess the potential demand from local parents and carers for spaces, through a consultation process.

The Outcome

d3associates undertook detailed consultation to gather the views from parents with children at the school, and the wider population in Cleadon Village by undertaking series of surveys and holding a consultation event where people could discuss the proposals.

The study evaluated the availability of existing nursery provision in the Cleadon area and considered the strategic options available to the Academy. Recommendations, including a detailed timeline and risk analysis were developed along with Initial layout designs to provide