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University nursery gets new home and increases child places

(21 July 2003)

The children’s nursery at Durham University has moved to new facilities increasing the number of child places from 48 to 85, benefiting parents in the University and the local community. Former Mayoress of Durham City, Councillor Eileen Rochford, opened the brand-new nursery earlier this month.

The demand for child care at the nursery had long been outstripping the available places and the new facilities are going to make a distinct difference to the quality and range of care on offer. The nursery’s new home, in Leazes Road in Durham, is purpose-built for children with disabilities with ramps and other usual features for children such as low-level toilets, sinks and door handles. Care is now also available for babies as young as 2 months old.

The nursery, which was established in 1977, is open to both University students and staff, and also has places available for people outside the University.

Jill Johnston, Nursery Manager, said: “We are all very excited about our new home as it does not only enable us to take on more children but we can also offer a wider range of care with self-contained units in the building and features for children with disabilities. We can now accommodate the demand we have seen grow over the last few years and offer parents within the University and from outside the child care they need.”

Further information can be found at www.dur.ac.uk/university.nursery.


Notes to Editors

The University Nursery was opened in 1977 offering care in the mornings during term-time. From 1991 on, full day care has been provided.

Further information

Dionne Hamil, Public Relations, Tel: 0191 334 6078
Jill Johnston, Nursery, Tel: 0191 334 8153
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