Nursery at Conquest Hospital granted planning permission

A new nursery at Conquest Hospital has received planning permission and is expected to open in early autumn.

The East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) said the new nursery will provide 55 places a day for children aged four months to eight years whose parents work for ESHT or the NHS.

It will be built using a modular construction assembled on site, at the southern end of the Conquest Hospital site towards Little Ridge Avenue with building work commencing in March.

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The new nursery will offer a fully accessible learning environment for children with enclosed outside play facilities for different age groups.

An artist's impression of the nursery. Picture: East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Jacquie Fuller, Acting Lead Staff Engagement & Wellbeing said: “We are very excited to get the go ahead for our new nursery. This purpose built nursery will improve our facilities and the environment we provide care and education for the children of NHS staff.

“We are rightly very proud of the high standards of care we provide our children which has been recognised in our Ofsted report and we will soon have brand new facilities to match those high standards.”

The nursery was last rated 'good' by Ofsted in all areas, and was praised for its 'well qualified and well trained staff and for the excellent relationship that staff have with parents'.

The nursery cares for babies from 4 months to school age, from 7am to 6pm, five days a week, offering school holiday clubs for children up to the age of eight. Places at the nursery are offered to ESHT staff as a priority but are also open to other NHS parents.

An artist's impression of the nursery. Picture: East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust