Article by Hannah Brown: Plans have been submitted to build a new nursery at Barleylands Farm in Billericay.
The proposal, that has been sent to Basildon Council, includes proposes to build a 100 place childcare nursery, although in a statement Barleylands Farm said the nursery would have 96 places.
The new nursery would include four classrooms and an enclosed outdoor play area.
In a statement Barleylands explained that the nursery will act as a “natural extension of the Barleylands award winning education” and will aim to “inspire young minds about the countryside, farming and nature”.
The proposed nursery would care for children aged from six weeks until they start primary school. Youngsters attending the nursery would get to participate in supervised visits to the farm and enjoy forest school sessions.
Chris Philpot, managing director of Barleylands, said:
“For years we have taught children about farming and the countryside. We are very excited about this new development and very much hope our application will be successful.”
The nursery would include a baby room, two toddler rooms and a larger preschool room. The entrance to the proposed development will open up into a lobby that has a buggy storage room to its right. Through the lobby would lead to the reception and parent area, from which all the classrooms can be reached.
An outdoor grassy area is proposed to be built around the outside on the building, which will be accessible from each of the nursery rooms.
Hedges and trees would be planted around the edge of the outdoor area and ten parking bays would be made available at the front of the building.
The new nursery would employ 24 full-time staff and would be open Monday to Friday, 7am until 7pm, according to the application submitted to Basildon Council.
The proposed building would only be one storey and would measure 15 metres by 30.28 metres.
Barleylands explained that the new venture would be available to all local families and will support the free 20 hours childcare scheme.
The planning application was validated on October 15 with the reference number 18/01354/FULL.
Article by Hannah Brown, Essex Live