Growth of K.E.S. Childcare, Kingstone will provide more facilities for local children and families

K.E.S. Childcare in Kingstone has been given room to grow following the success of its nursery provision and breakfast, afterschool and holiday clubs.

The rural childcare provider - rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted - has been providing childcare for children from the age of 2 from the Kingstone High School site since 2010. K.E.S. will now expand into the Kingstone Portacabin (currently used for some Golden Valley Children’s Centre services) to provide additional space and community activities for young children in the area.

The move is part of a partnership with Herefordshire Council that sees local organisations, such as nurseries and schools, make better use of children’s centre buildings in their area.

The K.E.S. nursery is open 51 weeks a year, but the setting also runs supplementary breakfast, afterschool and holiday clubs for children in the Golden Valley. The changes mean that K.E.S. can expand and run additional activities whilst also being able to support health visitor sessions for parents and children in the area.

Kim Langford, K.E.S. Nursery Manager, said: “This arrangement with Herefordshire Council has given us the opportunity to provide more facilities for local children and families. Now we can achieve our ambition to expand as a small local organisation established to meet the needs of the expanding community.”

Councillor Elissa Swinglehurst, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People and Children's Wellbeing, added: “Herefordshire Council is working with local organisations to make best use of children’s centre buildings across the county. We are delighted to be working in partnership with K.E.S. to expand their childcare facilities to meet the needs of the ever-growing local community, particularly since the introduction of 30 hours free childcare.”

Following the September 2017 Cabinet decision regarding the future use of children’s centre buildings, Herefordshire Council will continue to work with local organisations to ensure all children’s centre buildings meet the ever-changing needs of local communities.

Published: Friday, 31st August 2018