Nursery appeals for support in its search for a new home

ABC Nursery, Ferney Lee School, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden.
ABC Nursery, Ferney Lee School, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden.

A NURSERY is looking for a new base in Todmorden after seven years at its current home.

ABC Nursery, which was established in the basement area at Ferney Lee Primary School in 2005, is having to move out of its premises next summer as the school requires additional classroom space.

Despite the setback, the nursery is committed to providing high quality, affordable childcare to families in Todmorden.

The board of trustees is determined to look at building links with local businesses for sponsorship and finding alternative premises.

Chairwoman Nina Hatfield said: “This has been a very hard blow to our nursery but all those involved with ABC are pulling together to find a way of continuing our great nursery elsewhere in Todmorden.”

The nursery has 41 children and 16 staff.

Last year, it became the first nursery in Todmorden to be rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and has won numeous awards.

Nina said the nursery would very much welcome local support, suggestions, input and ideas from members of the community.

A public meeting will be held at Central Methodist Church, Todmorden, on Wednesday, October 17, at 6.30pm to discuss the way forward..

“It would be fantastic to have as many people attend as possible, including past and present families of the nursery, local businesspeople and anyone with ideas or suggestions,” she said.

“All will be very welcome.”

Helen Hannah, headteacher at Ferney Lee Primary School, explained that the decision had to be taken due to rising pupil numbers.

“Pupil numbers at Ferney Lee have increased 50 per cent since 2008, and by 20 per cent in the last year,” she said.

“This rise in numbers led to the school creating a new class in September 2011, and two new classes in September 2012.

“Government forecasts the number of primary school age children will continue growing until 2018 and, in line with that, we anticipate the number of children attending Ferney Lee will too.

“As part of regular forward planning, the governing body had to consider options available for accommodating more pupils and creating new teaching space.

“Regrettably, the pressure on space at Ferney Lee means that it is not possible for both Ferney Lee Primary School and ABC to continue in the same building.”