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Work begins on creche for hospital staff

28 October 2009

Staff at West Suffolk Hospital who juggle busy jobs with caring for young children are set to benefit from more convenient childcare once work to create a 96-space onsite crèche is complete.

Ground works for the timber-framed building, which will sit behind the day surgery unit and eye treatment centre, will begin on Thursday (29 October). Once construction is complete next autumn, the crèche will cater for pre-school children up to the age of five.

As well as an office, kitchen and training facilities, the crèche will also boast three dedicated rooms for the care of babies, along with adjoining sleeping areas. Separate rooms will also be made available for toddlers and pre-school children.

Places at the crèche will be offered to hospital staff as a first option, with vacancies then made available to staff within the wider NHS.

Jan Bloomfield, director of workforce and communications at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “The start of construction work on this onsite crèche is great news as it will make it much easier for people with young children to pursue a career at West Suffolk Hospital.

“We are committed to attracting the best possible staff to work at the hospital. The new crèche will act as an extra incentive to those with young children, who otherwise may struggle to find convenient childcare while working in very busy roles.

“We are delighted that work is beginning and look forward to the completion of the project next year.”

The crèche has been fully funded by the Busy Bees group, who will run the nursery once work is complete.

Lynn Woodward, managing director from Busy Bees, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with West Suffolk Hospital to provide quality childcare to their employees within a fantastic new purpose-built facility.

“Busy Bees have 26 years experience in the childcare sector and currently manage several other hospital nurseries throughout the county, and we are really excited about this new venture. The crèche will create 40 new jobs, which will be recruited locally.”

Last updated: 15 Feb 2010 12:47:39.187

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