Nursery reopens after mammoth fundraising challenge

High Legh Pre-School Nursery has reopened following a mammoth fundraising effort.

We were forced to temporarily close our doors on April 1 as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. With a lack of Government financial support available for nurseries, we knew we’d have a battle on our hands to be able to re-open our pre-school and welcome back our children when the time came.

The closure and lockdown also meant we missed out on thousands of pounds worth of income normally raised through fundraisers over the spring and summer months, leaving us in a financially precarious situation.

Determined not to have to close the doors permanently, our committee and parents launched a major fundraising drive to help give us a fighting chance of being able to reopen when it was safe to do so.

From our successful 2.6 charity challenge to the High Legh High Teas event, we’ve managed to raise more than £4,000, which is a fantastic achievement and we’d like to say a massive thank you to the parents and the wider community who have supported us in our efforts.

Behind the scenes, our parent-led committee were working hard to secure additional grant funding and ensure we had the necessary Covid-safe measures in place to be able to reopen safely.

We’re delighted to say that everyone’s efforts paid off and we officially re-opened our doors and welcomed back our wonderful staff and children on June 16.

Our manager Ellis Starkey said: “It has been fantastic to see pre-school brought back to life, to see the children reunited with their friends and teachers and to hear the sound of their laughter and happy chatter once again.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to Cheshire Community Foundation,  High Legh Educational Trust and Richard Cornwall-Leigh for providing grant funding, which has enabled us to put the necessary measures in place to reopen. Our priority throughout has been the safety and well-being of our children and staff, and we always said we would only open our doors once we could do so safely.

“The additional grant funding, which totaled £4,000, has enabled us to create a new outdoor area complete with shelters and additional outdoor learning resources so we can maximise our wonderful outside space and keep the children outdoors as much as possible.”

In line with Covid-safe practices, we have implemented a series of new measures and procedures to minimise any risk.