CHILDREN at a nursery attached to a Taunton school were delighted to start the new academic year in a brand new building.

Work started on the new premises for Owlet’s Nursery, based at Minerva Primary School - part of The Redstart Learning Partnership - in March.

It was carried out over a three phase approach, with the nursery expansion being the final and biggest phase.

The nursery capacity has doubled from 24 to 40 and there is now a huge outdoor area with two large shelters allowing outside play in all weathers.

The project also included the expansion and refurbishment of the Years 1 and 2 classrooms, an expanded and refurbished year R and Year 1 classroom, a new staff room, a refurbished pupil kitchen and a welcoming new entrance lobby decorated by a local artist with plans for the children to add their own artistic touch.

Taunton Mayor Cllr Sue Lees went along to Owlets to officially open the new building.

Nursery manager Sophie Furse said: "Since starting back, the Owlets have been busy playing indoors utilising the new space and have also been playing in the outdoor area.

"It’s going to have such a positive impact on the children and allow us to offer more activities and sessions and increase our numbers.

"We are also looking forward to offering support for parent and carers by hosting coffee mornings and settling in sessions and opening a library in the reception area."