One of our neighbours at Crosland Place is a busy, homely, French nursery called L’ecole du Parc . https://www.ecoleduparc.co.uk
‘Park School’ was founded in 2002 by French parents from Clapham and a French educational team experienced in the field of early childhood. The school has grown since its inception with now approximately 70 children attending. The goal is still to maintain a family atmosphere. The school was rated “Outstanding” by OFSTED in 2018.
We realised fairly early on that our new building work could adversely affect the use of the nursery playground so we suggested to the Principals that we carry out some re-organisation to make better use of the space. The school was very receptive to this idea as the playground is so important to children. So over the summer holidays, while the school was shut, work to open up the space was carried out. Despite a few hiccups with supply pipes and drains being in the wrong place, the Marston team saw that everything was finished in time for the new school year. The nursery school Principals returned from the summer break to find their new finished playground ready to move in and commented ‘it looks three times bigger!’
An opening was formed in our shared boundary wall so we didn’t need to bring the digger and soil back through the nursery building. The raised level in front of the nursery annex (where the youngest children’s classroom is located) was reduced to match the level of the main playground. Synthetic grass was installed over bounce mats to the new playground area.
The old climbing frame, no longer fit for purpose, was removed and a new balancing frame installed paid for by the school (installed by Sovereign play equipment https://www.sovereignplayequipment.co.uk/). The playground was further opened up by removing raised beds and railings and a large shed replaced by two smaller ones. All the work was supervised by the Marston construction team.
Work commenced on our side of the wall on the 28th October and over Christmas while the school is closed for holidays, the Contractor will install scaffolding and a hoarding within the school playground for a number of months.
Being good neighbours is important to Marstons, reflecting one of our values as being ‘responsible to our community’. The new scheme at Crosland Place will consist of nine newly built apartments to rent that will be owned and managed for years to come so the nursery will continue to be our neighbours.