A former primary school in Carmarthen has been transformed into a nursery, creating 20 jobs.
Welsh-speaking Cywion Bach, has moved into the former Idole village school which has undergone significant renovation work following support from Carmarthenshire County Council’s Rural Enterprise Fund.
A sensory room and new outdoor play area form part of the spacious refurbished building, which accommodates children from aged three months to 11 years. An after school and holiday club is also available for older children up to 11 years.
Outdoor spaces including an onsite forest have been developed for children to explore and experience the natural world through hands-on activities.
Carmarthenshire County Council leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole said: “The council is delighted to have provided funding support to Cywion Bach nursery to develop a vibrant new business. Providing new jobs for people in Carmarthenshire is a key priority for the executive board and I was pleased we are able to support this venture which is also providing first class childcare facilities in the Carmarthen area.”
The council’s Rural Enterprise Fund is available to enterprises and sole traders for the development of new and existing business premises, where jobs are created as a result of the scheme.
Nursery owner Heather Thomas said: “We are extremely grateful to Carmarthenshire County Council for the financial help we have received in order to achieve our goal. The ethos of this exciting venture is to provide quality childcare through the medium of Welsh with the focus centred on the natural environment. We believe that fresh air and physical activity is vital for wellbeing, fitness, health and development. In addition to this, we feel that a child that grows up with bilingual skills is gifted with educational, cultural, social and spiritual opportunities.”
If you wish to apply or receive further information about the Carmarthenshire Rural Enterprise Fund visit the council’s website