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Two branches of Lincoln's Old Station Nursery to merge in expansion plans

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

'Proud': Managing director Sarah Steel

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Two branches of a Lincoln nursery will merge as part of expansion plans.

Between 50 and 60 children and 16 staff from The Old Station Nursery will move to one site in Monks Road.

It will see the closure of the company's Waterside and Lincoln College branches.

The move to the four-storey building, in early November, will safeguard jobs from both branches. It comes after the lease at Lincoln College ended and it was decided that the Waterside setting, based at LA Fitness, would benefit from being merged with a larger nursery.

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Managing director Sarah Steel said the move will allow the company to expand to offer childcare for up to 70 children. Currently, the college can care for a maximum of 25 while the Waterside can look after 30.

"We knew there would be lots of questions from parents and staff so we've made sure that they have been kept in the loop about the change, which we see as very positive, said Mrs Steele, whose nursery group also has branches at Lincoln Marina and Wragby Road.

"The main concern we had from parents at the Waterside setting was about the drop-off and pick-up times at the new site as many of the parents work at Waterside South. We've addressed this by opening the new setting earlier and shutting later to give mums and dads more flexible access.

"The children and staff will soon have a luxurious setting and one I'll be very proud to have in our group."

The building, called Elm House, was previously used by Lincoln College to teach construction and childcare studies.

The Old Station Nursery will now take on the whole premises but only use the first two floors, with the top two floors being rented out as completely separate office space.

Children aged between two and five will be cared for in the basement area which backs out on to a large garden, while the under twos will have a separate space on the ground floor, level with Monks Road.

Parents will drop off and pick up from Rosemary Lane, where there will be around eight parking spaces created.

Sarah has pledged to use local builders, landscapers and signmakers for the £50,000 refurbishment.

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