Westgate Nursery has reopened 2 months after a devastating arson attack which caused £150,000 worth of damage, thanks to a heroic effort from staff and the local community.
Staff have spent the last few weeks operating at a local community centre whilst they got back on their feet, and despite the problems they have experienced business is running as normal, losing no children from their books and with new applications coming in!
Sandria Mirkin, owner of the setting, was full of praise for the builders from New Space Construction who worked tirelessly to get their setting back to its former glory.
“It feels fantastic to have moved back into the nursery now,”
“It has been very hectic this week but the nursery looks fabulous and the builders have been absolutely tremendous in the time scales we had.”
“Amazingly we haven’t lost any children, and we have had a massive amount of support from the parents. We even had new applications in while we were in temporary accommodation.”
“We only just moved back last week but almost everything is now in place. The problems we have had is ordering all the equipment we need to get set back up.”
“The staff have been amazing and worked their socks off over the last weekend to get everything ready.”
“One of the people in the building team is a father at the nursery, and another is related to a member of staff, so they all had a vested interest as it was,”
“We are extremely grateful to the community centre because to accommodate us was a huge upheaval for them.”
“As soon as we were in, we had a fresh OFSTED inspection and had to be totally re-registered in view of all the circumstances.”
“That was awful because it was a great deal of stress and created a problem with insurance, which meant we had to close for another day while the question mark was there.”
“From the community point of view, local residents and the community centre have been wonderful.”
“I believe police are still pursuing a line of enquiry relating to the arson.”
The arson attack happened on April 6 and enquiries are continuing, with police urging anyone with information to call 101.
Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity by calling 0800 555 111.