Colchester Institute announced plans to close the nursery based on campus at the beginning of 2015. Rated as Outstanding by Ofsted; the institute said the nursery was not financially viable and that the 35 children would need to be placed in an alternate facility.

The setting has now been saved after Cheeky Monkeys, another childcare provider, has agreed to take responsibility for the setting and run it independently of the institute.

The takeover will take place in April of this year. A representative for student services and support, said:

“We are delighted to confirm the decision to close the nursery has been avoided, and that we have entered into an agreement with the already established childcare provider, Cheeky Monkeys, who will continue to operate the nursery.”

“We know the last couple of months have been a stressful time for all concerned, but this is a really positive outcome and we look forward to a smooth transition into the new nursery for the children, parents and staff, and to our ongoing working relationship.”

Managing Director of Cheeky Monkeys, Helen Palmer, said of the takeover: “We have proven there is a need for good quality education in the area at our sister nursery at William Harris Way in Colchester.”

“We are pleased to assist in being able to take over this outstanding nursery.”

“Our decision to take over the running of the nursery will enable many students to continue to study at the college safe in the knowledge there is flexible, high quality, childcare available.”

“At Cheeky Monkeys, we pride ourselves on our innovative education through creating a fun and exciting environment, totally focused on your child during their time with us, so you can relax and focus on your studies or at work knowing your child is in a safe, stimulating, educational environment.”


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