Gamesley nursery receives £30k grant

Gamesley Early Excellence Centre, curry night, children enjoying a meal from the kitchen
Gamesley Early Excellence Centre, curry night, children enjoying a meal from the kitchen

A Glossopdale school has been awarded a £30,000 grant to refurbish its kitchen.

Gamesley Early Excellence Centre is one of seven schools across the county to receive a cash boost from Derbyshire County Council.

The nursery, on Winster Mews, will spend the money on new flooring, cupboards and equipment for the catering department.

Head Janet Ackers described the move as “very good news”, saying: “We’ve been waiting for this for quite a long time. The catering staff have been really good but it has needed refurbishing for years. It will make their lives a lot easier.”

The nursery and daycare centre caters for approximately 70 children, aged between six months and four, at lunchtime at 11.30am and about 65 tots at teatime at 3.30pm.

Both mealtimes are two courses and include dishes such as spaghetti bolognese, fish goujons and rice pudding.

The council’s cabinet member for children and young people Cllr Kevin Gillott said: “We’re facing the biggest squeeze on our budgets we’ve ever known but we are committed to helping our schools offer pupils the best facilities they can.

“The unprecedented cuts we’re facing means money is tight, but we recognise it is important children get a good meal at lunchtime and I am pleased to be able to help improve the kitchens at these schools to help them provide that.

“Our aim is to help children concentrate so they can learn to their full potential. Nutritious food is an important part of that process that is why we have invested in breakfast clubs.

”Feedback from headteachers shows these are already making a difference.”

The authority has funded the latest improvement schemes from a £1million contingency fund available due to carefully managing its school budgets.

Councillor Kevin Gillott added: “We want all Derbyshire children to achieve their potential in school and this investment supports that goal.”