Jobs boost with new nursery

Westfield centre childrens day care official opening.
Robert Hayhurst, Bryan Capstick, Debbie Welford-Slater, Sue Hodgson, Jon Tirckett, Beth Caton, Laura Hughes, Vic France, Clare Baxter, Dave Sharpe
Westfield centre childrens day care official opening. Robert Hayhurst, Bryan Capstick, Debbie Welford-Slater, Sue Hodgson, Jon Tirckett, Beth Caton, Laura Hughes, Vic France, Clare Baxter, Dave Sharpe

A new nursery will create jobs and support people training for careers in childcare and early years education.

The Westfield Centre Children’s Day Care will open for children aged up to five later this month. It held an open day on Friday.

Clare Baxter, secretary of South Elmsall Community Facilities Ltd said: “There was a shortage of childcare places in this area. We will now offer a safe, caring and quality environment for children, meaning parents can work or complete education knowing their youngsters are in safe hands.

“There will be new positions created when the nursery officially opens. We also plan to take placements, helping train people in that area of work.”

The company approached nursery manager Sue Hodgson about launching the venture. Mrs Hodgson was manager of the former First Steps nursery, based at Hemsworth Academy, which closed its doors last year.

Its owner Wakefield City Academies Trust donated much of its furniture, toys and resources to help the new day care centre get up and running.