Relief as pre- school is saved at the 11th hour
A pre-school faced with closure after it was told to find new premises has been saved.
Squirrels Pre-school, which was based in the Trinity United Reform Church Hall on Ifield Drive, Ifield, was given notice by the church owners that it would have to find new premises in July last year.
The church owners gave the pre-school, which had been based at the site for 18 years, one year’s notice.
But pre-school supervisor Katie Turner said it was not until the last hour that a venue was secured and for a while it looked like the school would have to close.
Katie said: “It was difficult trying to find new premises and it wasn’t until the last hour that this place came up.
“We were given a year’s notice but it did take us a bit of time. We were going around different community centres and nothing was suitable.
“It looked like we would have to close because we couldn’t find anywhere.”
But luckily, just as disaster loomed the group visited the cricket pavilion in The Green, Bewbush, and knew it was the premises they needed.
Katie said: “We heard about the cricket pavilion and decided to contact Crawley Borough Council who owns it to see if there was a possibility that we could use it and if it was being used in the day. We wanted to know if they would consider allowing a pre-school to use it really.
“They said yes and they showed us around and that was it really, we moved in September and the pre-school has been saved.
“It is a huge relief and we are really happy with the premises. It is just perfect for a pre-school and it is brilliant because we don’t have to close and jobs have been saved.”
The pre-school currently has space for more children.
If you are a parent looking to enrol your child at the pre-school call Katie on 07804329889.
The pre-school runs Monday to Friday 9:15am until 12:15pm and Tuesday to Thursday 12:30pm to 3:30pm.
For more information visit the pre-school’s website at http://squirrelspreschoolcrawley.co.uk/
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