Nursery extension means twice the spaces for Barking children

Staff and children celebrating the opening of the extension at the Abbey Childrens Centre

Staff and children celebrating the opening of the extension at the Abbey Childrens Centre - Credit: Archant

A new extension has made a nursery one of the largest in the borough.

The new wing at Abbey Children’s Centre in Northbury Close, Barking, has doubled the centre’s capacity from 40 nursery places to 80.

The expansion makes the centre one of the largest in the borough.

The new nursery area includes a main play space as well as new toilets, and it is hoped it will help meet the high demand for childcare for youngsters aged two to five in the area.

Cllr Evelyn Carpenter, cabinet member for educational achievement and school improvement, opened the extension at the council-run nursery on Thursday.

“The borough’s population continues to grow so it is important we have the capability to accommodate all our children.

“The work that has been done is fantastic and I am sure all of the children who come to the nursery will thoroughly enjoy themselves.”