Oasis Day Nursery decision

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE County Council has agreed to continue managing the Oasis Day Nursery in Wisbech for at least another year during which time tenders will be sought from external providers to take over the nursery from September 2013.

The decision was made by the Council’s Cabinet today (April 17) following consultation on the future of the nursery.

It opened in 2005, but has consistently operated at less than half its capacity. There are currently 62 pre-school age children on roll, whereas the number of families with children aged 0 – 5 in the Waterlees area is estimated to be around 800.

In September 2011 the County Council launched a review into the future of the nursery. A consultation to gauge views on options for its future showed residents were strongly in favour of keeping it open.

Cabinet agreed that the immediate priorities were to ensure continuity and stability for children, families and staff; to ensure the nursery can continue to provide good quality provision for those who need it; and to continue to support the Oasis Children’s Centre to provide a range of services for families in the Waterlees area.