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November 2018

Bright future for our pre-school after desperate search for new home 

High Legh Pre-School Nursery, which has served the community for almost half a century, is thriving after recently moving to a new premises on Pheasant Walk, High Legh, near Knutsford.

But just over a year ago, the future of our much-loved pre-school was plunged into doubt when we found ourselves homeless.

Our pre-school, which is a registered charity, had operated out of the nearby primary school, but when the school expanded it was no longer able to accommodate our group leaving us just weeks to find a new home or face closure.

Thankfully, High Legh Village Hall came to the rescue at the 11th hour, providing a temporary home for our pre-school until a new permanent premises could be found.

And now, just over a year later, our pre-school children and staff are settling into their permanent new home on Pheasant Walk – a move that has been made possible thanks to the commitment of staff, parents, the pre-school committee and the local community.

Yvonne Edwardson, who has been the nursery manager for more than 13 years, said: “It’s been quite a year for everyone involved and there were times when we thought we might have to call it a day.

“High Legh Pre-School Nursery has been part of the village for nearly 50 years and we’ve seen generations of families pass through our doors, so the whole community has been so supportive of our bid to keep going and find a new home.”

And that new home is Rosemead – a converted cottage with a large outdoor space in the heart of the village.

Parents, staff and the community rallied round to help convert the building, which is leased from the High Legh Estate, and set-up the pre-school ahead of the official launch in summer 2018, with more than £2,250 raised from crowd-funding alone.

Yvonne added: “The move to Rosemead represents a new era for our pre-school. The new building is fantastic, we have a wonderful outdoor space and the children just love it.

“We’ve been able to take on additional staff, expand our opening hours to provide full day care, we have more children than ever before, and we have some exciting plans for the future in the pipeline.

“At a time when many traditional pre-schools are closing down due to funding provision, we’re very proud to be bucking the trend. I’d just like to say a huge thank you to all our staff, parents, committee, the community, and Richard and Annie Cornwall-Legh who have helped make this happen and helped us to secure the future of our pre-school nursery for future generations of children.”

Following the move to the new premises, we now offer full-time care from 8am to 6pm, 50 weeks a year, for children aged two to five years.

 

August 2017

Temporary new home for pre-school

We have relocated to the High Legh Village hall after 10 years at High Legh school. The school numbers have increased so much over the past few years that they can no longer accommodate preschool and all their pupils.

We are looking forward to all the different opportunities that the hall will bring and we will continue to offer outstanding childcare from the side room of the hall and the annex which leads onto the outside play area.

We are still working to secure permanent premises for pre-school and hope in the new year to open a setting that will offer care all year round for children aged 2 – 5 years from 8am until 6pm.

If you are interested in a place then please email Yvonne Edwardson at nursery@highlegh.cheshire.sch.uk

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OFSTED Report 2017

We are proud to announce that as a result of our inspection in March OFSTED categorised us as “Outstanding”.  You can read the report here .

 

High Legh 10k – Sunday 5th March

Mrs McGowan and Mrs Hughes ran the High Legh 10k to raise funds for Pre-school.  We had a number of parents run on our behalf too and we raised £1,056.  Thankyou very much!

 

45th Anniversary Sunday Teas

We had a great turnout for the 45th Anniversary Sunday Teas and raised over £500!  Many thanks to all who donated cakes etc, helped out on the day and to those who came along for a coffee and a cake.

 

Pre-school Race Night – Saturday 11th March

The annual fundraising ball took the form of a race night this year. Eighty people attended and we managed to raise £4,000.

 

Guidance on physical activity from www.gov.uk for early years to 18 years.

Factsheet can be downloaded here.

 

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