Lincoln nursery gets £600k makeover, including woodland room and market place

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Children 1st @ Monks Road day nursery in Lincoln has been given a top-to-toe makeover thanks to a £600,000 investment.

Outside, the facility, which is soon due to become Children 1st @ Rosemary Lane, has been given new remodelled entrance, improved parking facilities, CCTV and electronic access.

Learning and development areas inside have also had a grand redesign with a brief of promoting independent learning and a “sense of adventure”.

There is a dedicated baby suite and growing toddlers can also explore areas like the market place, farm area, ball pool and the woodland story room.

The newly installed glass lift located near the staircase has made accessing all areas of the nursery of the four-storey building easier for parents, children and staff.

There is also a dedicated new kitchen and dining area on the third floor, as well as a Food Tech Zone, where the children can experiment with making their own food.

The top floor is home to a staff training facility, hosting sessions for Children1st employees in Lincoln.

Children 1st Day Nurseries announced in 2014 that it would be investing £3 million into its Lincoln nurseries to improve facilities for the 3,000 children in its care.

Two sister nurseries Children 1st @ Marina and Children 1st @ Wragby Road have also been refurbished by the family run company since they were purchased in 2015.

The Monks Road project is the largest undertaken by Children 1st and is the brainchild of Company Director Adrian Mason.

Adrian has worked closely with Sam Cullings and Marcus Austin at Lincoln based Core Architects and Children 1st’s own building team.

He said: “We’re delighted that this project has proceeded at pace, taking just 18 months from seeking planning permission to nearing completion.

“The biggest challenge was keeping the nursery open whilst the work was ongoing. What we have achieved is testament to the cooperation and understanding shown by everyone involved.”

He added that youngsters had even enjoyed getting involved with the project themselves, lending a helping hand with builders on site.

Children and builders hard at work on the Monks Road nursery.