The Co-operative Childcare is to open a new nursery in Kidderminster offering 117 places for children and creating 34 jobs.
A £700,000 refurbishment programme is underway to convert the former Edward Parry Centre in Coventry Street for the venture. It is due to open in November.
The Co-operative Childcare, which is part of The Midcounties Co-operative, is one of the seventh largest specialist providers in the UK, offering more than 3,000 childcare places. The new nursery will be its first in Worcestershire.
The Edward Parry Centre previously hosted a day nursery run by Worcestershire County Council. The revamped building is being completely remodelled inside to provide bigger, airy rooms and will have newly fitted kitchen and bathroom facilities.
There will be large indoor learning and play areas as well as two gardens to challenge and enrich children’s experiences. The nursery will open 52 weeks a year from 7.30am to 6.30pm.
Group Manager Mike Abbott said: “We are expanding our nursery network in this the International Year of Co-operatives. We provide quality childcare in a safe and stimulating environment and give parents the choice of an ethical business based on co-operative values.
“We are excited about our Kidderminster nursery as we wish to serve the local community. We already have a strong membership base here and a significant trading presence through our food stores, post offices, pharmacy, travel and funeral businesses.
“Our investment in this site demonstrates our commitment to meet the needs of local families for early years care and learning delivered by a trusted provider.
“We believe every child deserves the best start in life and our team will provide the early education and care that will help them develop to the best of their abilities.”
The Kidderminster development is a joint scheme between Midcounties and Camlock Properties Ltd. For more information about the nursery telephone 0800 954 0669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Co-operative Childcare runs 47 nurseries and two after school clubs across the country. Last year it acquired the Buffer Bear chain and refurbished and rebranded its nurseries, investing more than £2 million in a roll-out programme.