New nursery and midwife screening rooms in Thamesmead now open for business
PUBLISHED: 14:46 27 October 2014 | UPDATED: 14:46 27 October 2014
New facility ‘designed to be accessible for anyone in the area’
A new nursery equipped with midwifery screening rooms opened its doors last week.
The new purpose-built facility, hosted within the Woodland Academy Trust, is based within Willow Bank Primary School. It has been designed to provide high quality learning for two to four year olds, enabling them to be ‘school ready’ by the time they approach their reception class.
At the same time the facility will offer mums and mums-to-be the chance to make regular midwife appointments.
Records show that women in Bexley currently see their midwife for the first time at a far later stage in their pregnancy than neighbouring boroughs. Putting off this appointment can lead to difficulties as the pregnancy progresses. By having the screening rooms in an accessible local venue it is hoped that more women will make their first appointment much earlier.
Leader of the council Teresa O’Neill said: “It is one of our priorities to improve the take-up of community maternity services and support for pregnant women and new parents in Bexley.
“This new facility is designed to be accessible for anyone in the area and will be especially handy for those parents with children at the fantastic new nursery.”
Local GP and chair of NHS Bexley clinical commissioning group Howard Stoate said: “The new facility in Thamesmead will benefit hundreds of expectant mums and equip children under the age of two with essential pre-school skills.
“I’m very pleased that mums-to-be will be able to access first-class antenatal care locally. Having check-up’s when you are pregnant is essential to ensure both mother and baby are well. It’s also an opportunity to ask questions, find out more about healthy pregnancies, learn more about changes to the body and the development of the baby and to prepare the birth.”
The nursery and the screening rooms have been made possible by funding from the department of education.
Lorraine Brent, owner and manager of local Toddles Wood Preschool also provided financial support for the project.