New pre-school for Elm

YOUNG children in Elm will have a new pre-school to attend in September following the closure of the old nursery earlier this year.

When the old pre-school, which was based at Elm Centre, shut down, youngsters were left without a pre-school setting to attend.

However, the centre was then approached by a number of businesses and organisations keen to establish a new pre-school.

Among those was Elm Primary School and the committee at Elm Centre decided the school would be the best organisation to run the new pre-school.

Mike Davey, from the centre committee, said: “Following advice from the Pre-school Alliance, we felt the school offered the most appropriate and best offer for the community of Elm.

“We are delighted to be able to offer this and very optimistic that the full scheme will be operational by September.”

The school is now in the process of recruiting staff for the new nursery, which will still be based at Elm Centre, and finalising the last few details with the centre.

Fiona McCallum, headteacher at Elm Primary School, said: “We are obviously very pleased. It was entirely the decision of the Elm Centre committee and we hoped they would see the benefits of using the school.”

The new pre-school will offer places for 24 children, aged three and four, in morning and afternoon sessions.

There will be limited places for two-year-olds who meet the criteria for funding.

Parents wishing to register their child for the nursery should contact the primary school on 01945-860295.