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Nursery signs up to King's Hall wellbeing park

David Burrows, director at Benmore Octopus, and Alison Madill, founder of Malone Kindergarten
David Burrows, director at Benmore Octopus, and Alison Madill, founder of Malone Kindergarten

By Staff Reporter

A South Belfast early years centre has said it plans to visit elderly residents at the King's Hall Health and Wellbeing Park when it moves there.

Malone Kindergarten said it would arrange visits between children at the school and residents of a home for older people on the site.

The £100m development of the Kings Hall site into a health park is being led by Benmore Octopus. The project, which is due to be completed next year, is described as a "benchmark for the future of healthcare". It will include health, community and leisure facilities as well as care for older people, a gym, restaurants and hotel.

Alison Madill, the founder of Malone Kindergarten, said that close links between her centre and the facilities for older people on the site would bring "psychological benefits and learning experiences for young and old alike".

The nursery bases its care on an approach said to stimulate experiences to develop "the whole child". The site is being developed by Benmore Octopus, a joint venture between Benmore Group and Octopus Healthcare.

Its director David Burrows said Malone Kindergarten was "a great fit for the scheme" and it would enable the nursery to expand.

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