20th May 2022
Helen Morgan met with parents and staff to discuss the options for saving a popular community nursery after it was told it must leave its home of 20 years.
Gobowen All Rounders has been based at the village’s primary school for two decades but is now scrambling to find a new base after being forced to move out.
The school is ending the tenancy and has told the nursery it must vacate the premises by August 31.
Parents and staff are angry at being given just a few months notice and met with their local MP Helen Morgan at the nursery gates on Friday to explain the situation.
More than 550 people have signed a petition objecting to the closure and the community is now rallying round to try and find an alternative home.
Helen Morgan said: “It is clear that children love going to this nursery and the parents are understandably angry at the lack of notice they have been given.
“The loss of so many spaces, particularly for younger children, will cause families in Gobowen real problems. All Rounders’ closure will have an undeniable impact on the provision of early years education.
“I’m calling for the real concerns of parents about early years provision in Gobowen to be listened to and taken seriously.”
It’s expected that the school will set-up its own nursery in the demountable buildings currently used by the All Rounders but will cater for only 30 children rather than the current 85 and will have no provision for two-year-olds.
All Rounders was set up nearly 50 years ago and looks after children aged two and older.
Helen has repeatedly tried to contact the headteacher of Gobowen Primary to discuss the situation but has not received any reply.