Wendover transformation complete as nursery opens
Published on: 08 Jun 2015
THE transformation of the former Wendover maternity hospital in Downend to a day nursery has been completed.
Red Bus Nursery opened its doors at the start of this month in the modernised building in Downend Road.
The nursery takes children aged from three months to five and has a total of 109 places in its nursery, kindergarten and pre-school.
Its spacious facilities are filled with light from the huge original sash windows. Other features of the Grade II listed building, such as decorative arches, have also been retained in the restoration, while the rooms also offer the most up-to-date and high quality toys and equipment for pre-schoolers.
The learning zone provision includes a massive art studio and a fantastic water room, as well as cosy snugs.
Great use is also made of the outdoor space to benefit children’s learning and wellbeing. The beautiful natural environment includes a herb and vegetable garden and large play areas, while there is a roof garden for the youngest children.
The basement has been turned into a dining room, where children can sit down to healthy meals prepared by an onsite chef.
Wendover is a second nursery for Red Bus, whose owner Liz Hogarth, used to live in Downend. She opened the first in a former pub in Coombe Dingle three years ago, aiming to create the sort of provision she would have liked for her own child.
Red Bus parents have their own key fobs to gain entrance to the nursery and there is a room set aside for parents.
A series of open days is taking place to enable locals and prospective families to see the restored building and a grand opening event will take place on June 20.
“Wendover babies” will be particularly welcome at the event, a Mad Hatters Tea Party, and some of them will be cutting the ribbon.