After much heartache and deliberation, K&S Childcare in Malmesbury will be closing next month after 21 years of operating.

Karen Phipps and Steve Paginton, who run the nursery, sent an email to all families regarding the decision to close on the 31st August.

In a statement, they said: “This is not a decision that we have in any way taken lightly but after much heartbreak and deliberation, feel that it is the right decision for both ourselves and our family.

“The building and running of our business from its beginnings over 20 years ago has at times, been all-consuming, not that we regret this for one minute but we are now at the point in our lives where we wish to be a proper grandma and grampy to our ever-expanding group of wonderful grandchildren.

 “We did have a disappointing Ofsted inspection back in April, but had a clear vision and plan of how to move forward from this and how to achieve a better grade at re-inspection in April 2019 and we were fully confident that we would do so.

“This aim could only have been reached, however, with a full quota of staff and, after losing key members for varying reasons, we felt that we would be doing a disservice to those left as well as to our children to try and continue.

“We would like to thank our staff for their dedication and commitment and our parents for their overwhelming support but especially the children for the laughter, tears and special moments too numerous begin to mention.”

Karen and Steve added: “We thank the school for their continuing support and look forward to taking many of our wonderful staff members to new heights in the care of school-aged children from St Joe’s [St Joseph’s Primary School] as well from Malmesbury CE Primary and surrounding village schools at breakfast, afterschool and holiday clubs.”

Local town councillor Gavin Grant said: “K&S have been terrific for many families in Malmesbury including helping though Heals, the charity I chair.

“I’m really sorry to see them close. They will be missed.”

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