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15 December 2016

Council steps in to ensure childcare in Ulverston

A new nursery is set to open in Ulverston following the intervention of Cumbria County Council; ensuring childcare will be available to meet the needs of local families.

In late October Rascals private nursery in the town announced that it intended to close. A lack of alternative local child care provision meant that some families risked being left without anywhere to look after their children.

Working with Little Acorns and Croftlands Infant and Nursery School, the council identified a temporary space at the school with potential to be developed into a new baby room for children aged 3 months to 2 years. An extension of the current provision for children aged two and three years old is also being developed on the current Little Acorns site.

The council commissioned NPS Property Consultants Ltd to develop plans, prepare tender documents and submit the necessary statutory notices and following a tendering process B & K Builders Ltd were appointed. Builders are currently working at the school to have the new baby room up and operational by the beginning of the January term 2017. The new baby room will be managed by Little Acorns with support from Croftlands Infant and Nursery School and accommodate up to 12 under two year olds.

The project - from notice to close to the creation of a new nursery - will have taken less than two months. 

Cllr Clare Feeney-Johnson, Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said:

“This was an unusual situation and the council has reacted quickly to make sure parents aren’t left in the lurch. It has only been possible through some really good collaborative working and all partners sharing the goal of making sure local children can get the nursery care they are entitled to. I have no doubt that the new nursery will provide an excellent standard of care.”

Sian Taylor, headteacher at Croftlands Infant School said:

“We have always worked very closely with Little Acorns who provide care for children from the age of 2 before they feed into our own nursery for the year before moving into reception. They also provide breakfast and after school provision for our children and those from our partner junior school. We are therefore very pleased to be working with Cumbria County Council and Little Acorns to ensure the children of Ulverston now have outstanding provision from the age of 3 months through to 7 all in the same place and throughout the holidays.

“The timing of the work has been hectic  especially in a working infant school in the run up to Christmas but the workmen have been fabulous keeping everything tidy and working all hours to achieve the deadline of January 4th.”

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