As one child nursery closes another opens
ANOTHER nursery in Swindon is closing down following a report by Ofsted which has ordered extensive works to be carried out on the building.
Staff at Toad Hall, on Victoria Road, were philosophical about the closure saying the service had run its course, having served the community for nearly two decades.
Parents have until Christ-mas to find alternative child provision before the nursery, which cares for around 70 children, shuts down on December 24.
Ruth Pimentel, chief executive Toad Hall Nursery Group, said her organisation was working with parents to help them find new child care provision.
“It was not an ideal building,” said Mrs Pimentel.
“The report did highlight some areas that we need to work on and we decided it would be almost impossible for us to meet the requirements and generate the sufficient fees to pay for it.”
She said the structural building repairs required would equate to charges going up for the parents who use the nursery and with dropping numbers she decided the money could not be raised.
“We are quite upbeat about it and we have given people a lot of notice,” said Mrs Pimentel. “We want to celebrate our time of being here in Swindon.”
Last month the Adver reported parents were given only a few hours notice before Headstarts Nursery at the Children’s Centre at Eldene Primary School was closed down following an inadequate report from Ofsted.
Swindon Council then announced it would be withdrawing its funding for the service by October 18.
But Bramble House day nursery on Techno Trading Estate opened its doors for the first time a few weeks ago and staff at the new centre are appealing for parents who are struggling to find care for their children to get in touch.
“We have been filling up quite quickly so numbers are limited,” said owner of the new nursery Louise Saunders. “We have around five to six places left.”
Bramble House will be open between 7am to 6.30pm. There are a number of schemes the service will be hosting including forest lessons where children will be taken out to learn about the different animals and plantation in the woods.
“We are really excited about opening,” added Mrs Saunders. “We are hoping to offer something a bit different.”
For more information call Bramble House on 01793 611663 Or to learn more about the borough’s other nurseries parents should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01793 445500.
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