A new nursery, created by merging two businesses, officially opened on Friday, with Lincoln MP Karl McCartney cutting the ribbon.
The ceremony marked the opening of Elm House on Monks Road, which comprises of Old Station Nursery’s Waterside South branch and Lincoln College’s nursery.
As well as moving the existing 16 staff and over 50 children to the new nursery, the expansion means up to 70 children will be able to attend the east Lincoln nursery.
It took £50,000 to refurbish Elm House, which comprises of two floors, an all-weather outdoor play area, a dedicated baby room, playing and quiet time space for the older children, upgraded cooking facilities and a staff room for workers.
There is also space in the building to let out as office space.
Manager Laura Barton said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the nursery. The space we’ve got here means we can offer so much more freedom for the children to play and learn, especially with our all-weather outdoor area.
“Everyone – parents, staff and children – has nothing but great things to say about the building.
“We’re pleased that Karl McCartney was able to take time out of his busy schedule and come down to open the nursery officially for us.”
Karl McCartney said: “The new setting is tremendous. It’s lovely to see all the children playing so happily in such a wonderful facility.
“As a new nursery in the centre of the city, I am sure they will prove popular with parents and carers. Once again I can see The Old Station Nursery going from strength to strength.”
As well as the new Monks Road set up, Old Station Nursery has settings in Lincoln Marina and Wragby Road, plus a nursery in Newark, four across Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, and a crèche in Buckinghamshire.