It’s been a very exciting week here at the nerve centre, as I learnt recently that The Old Station Nursery has been awarded the contract to operate a brand new children’s nursery at Imjin Barracks, Innsworth on the edge of Gloucester. Innsworth is currently the home to several hundred military personnel, but is soon to be joined by many more who are returning to Gloucester from Rheindalen, Germany, where the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps has been based up until now.
As part of their relocation, there is a great deal of building going on and part of this will be a state-of-the-art, eco build nursery, complete with solar panels and a grass roof. When I visited on Monday it was still very much a building site, but I am looking forward to watching it develop over the next few weeks, with a planned opening date of 1st September.
The real work now begins, as we look at recruiting staff to run the nursery, which will be overseen by our Operations Manager in the South, Emma Pittam, with a little light interference (I mean help!) from me. We are just starting to publicise the contract award and look forward to talking to lots of families both in the Innsworth area and further afield in Rheindalen, where it will be really frustrating as they try and plan homes, schools, jobs and nurseries from many miles away. We look forward to talking to everyone who is interested in the new nursery and wants to talk about what will be available. For now, all I can say is, ‘watch this space’!