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Raleigh Room opening
The additional family service has come as result of changes within Ashton Gate Primary School and is providing critical child care for up to sixty families, giving them access to their fifteen hours of free early education entitlement. 
In working hard towards creating primary school places, Ashton Gate Primary had to make the difficult decision to suspend its nursery provision. Due to unforeseen circumstances with purchasing an additional piece of building land, Ashton Gate Primary School approached The Southville Community Development Association (SCDA), as a respected and trusted, independent child care provider, to seek additional support. 
With a one year waiting list already in place at the existing nursery at The Southville Centre, the site needed to undergo redevelopment in order to be able accommodate the extra children. After a successful grant application, Bristol City Council agreed to fund the entire cost to adapt the Lower Hall into a high quality educational environment, comparable with existing provision at the centre. 
Tim Clark, Head of Family Services, said: “It is a testament to our team of dedicated staff that we were chosen to partner Ashton Gate Primary School. We have built up a solid reputation as a nursery provider and we are very excited to be able to assist with the needs of the wider community.” 
The refit cost a total of £80,000 and was designed by local architects, Vic Love. Amanda Webb, Project Manager, said: “This was a huge project for the centre to take on but they have managed it incredibly well and all normal nursery services continued without disruption. The new nursery has been designed to provide areas for play and education, as well as a kitchen, bathroom and much loved, cosy corner!” 
The Southville Centre has initially agreed to a one year contract with Ashton Gate Primary. 
The new nursery provision will begin on 24 September but has been welcoming new children for ‘settling in sessions’ from 10 September. 
To celebrate the launch, the SCDA invited families, members of the council and the local community to attend an ‘Open Evening’ on Thursday 13th September. The event saw the room’s new name officially announced as the Raleigh Room and was opened by Dawn Primarlo MP.