Oasis preschool in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, has been saved from closure despite Mowbray Education Trust announcing in May that issues with funding, as well as the shortage of children, would mean that the setting had to close.

Soon after the news, a petition was launched and talks were held with local officials.

The Trust announced on Tuesday 9th July, that the preschool will remain open after it set up a partnership with Leicestershire County Council. The Trust assured parents that the setting would continue to support children while they develop their collaboration with the council.

Additional funding will also be considered to train staff and complete repairs on the building. As well as this, funding will go towards providing childcare spaces for children with additional needs, who would otherwise have to travel to specialist settings across the county.

The CEO of Mowbray Education Trust, Christine Stansfield, said to Melton Times: “We are delighted that we’ve been able to keep Oasis open and we look forward to an exciting future, working in partnership with Leicestershire County Council and supporting even more local children.

“I want to personally thank and pay tribute to the outstanding staff at Oasis who have worked so hard through this difficult time.

“We would also like to thank Melton Borough Council councillors and officers for their constructive support, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them in the future.”

Victoria Conyers, centre manager of Oasis, added: “We are extremely pleased the centre will continue to serve the most deserving families and excited to welcome children into ‘The Retreat’ at Oasis; playing and exploring alongside our preschool children.

“I want to thank our parents and the local community for their fantastic support over the past few weeks.”

Story by: Melton Times


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