Nursery to help demand in town

Rocking Horse Nursery owners Chris and Fiona Courtland with staff and children at the new premises. NBFP PA1615-3a
Rocking Horse Nursery owners Chris and Fiona Courtland with staff and children at the new premises. NBFP PA1615-3a

A new state-of-the-art nursery has opened this week to aid the lack of provision for early years in Bridlington.

Chris and Fiona Courtland have opened Rocking Horse Nursery after the success of running care for the early years in their other premises at Gable House for 13 years.

The couple, from Hunmanby, decided to extend their business due to a high increase in demand in the town.

“We opened on Monday (April 11) and are currently operating at three quarters capacity. It would be great if we could get all 35 children in there which I believe we will.

“There is certainly a demand in the town, especially for two year olds, we have been told, so it is great to offer support for that age group.”

The new facility has been created on the grounds of Gable House to cater for up to 35 children up to four years old bringing the amount of children in the couple’s care to 100.

The opening has led to 10 new local members of staff being employed to work in the new building, which features new bathroom facilities, disabled access, a colour play area, underfloor heating, iPads and more.

“We are very pleased with how the development work has gone and we now believe we offer some of the best facilities in the country,” said Chris.

“It is crucial that the children do not miss out. There is certainly a possibilty depending on how this nursery goes for us to expand again and open a third premises in the town.

“I’d like to thank the early years department of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for encouraging us to expand due to the lack of provision for two year olds in the town.

“We are delighted with how things have gone so far and the future looks bright for us as well as the youngsters in Bridlington.”