Council spends £1m to increase nursery places for two-year-olds

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is investing nearly £1 million to increase the number of nursery places for two-year-olds for parents struggling to afford the cost.

An extra 126 places, each running for 15-hours a week, will be created by expanding Melcombe Primary School in Hammersmith and Randolph Beresford Nursery School in White City.

“Accessible, quality childcare is essential for parents but for many it can be difficult to find affordable places,” said Cllr Sue Macmillan, H&F Cabinet member for Children and Education.

“That is why it is a priority for us to invest in children’s futures and provide more free places for those families most in need.”

H&F Council will build a new playroom and toilets and refurbish the outside play space at Randolph Beresford Nursery School in Australia Road, White City.

Early years learning at Melcombe Primary School in Hammersmith
Image caption: Early years learning at Melcombe Primary School in Hammersmith

A new building will be created housing an under-twos playroom at Melcombe Primary School in Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, and the current children’s centre will be refurbished.    

The work is expected to be finished by autumn this year. The extra spaces will be available for children whose families need extra support, such as those on low incomes or with disabilities.