Relief for families as nursery move goes ahead at last

September 04 2017

A MUCH-LOVED nursery evicted from its Warmley home of 25 years has moved to a new base three miles away in Kingswood.

A MUCH-LOVED nursery evicted from its Warmley home of 25 years has moved to a new base three miles away in Kingswood.

The owners of Rocking Horse Nursery, which was  housed in a building in the now-closed Grange School, are settling into their new home in the former Kingsway Centre, part of the Creative Youth Network estate.

South Gloucestershire Council gave nursery owners, staff and the 60 families with children at the nursery just months to leave last summer. 

A parent-led campaign to save the nursery from closure, which included a 1,000-strong petition, council representations and letters of support, persuaded the council to allow the nursery to stay in the council-owned premises until July this year, enabling it to find a new home.

Laura Williams, campaign lead and mum of one of the children at Rocking Horse Nursery, said: "Although it’s some distance from Warmley - which has been left without a nursery - it’s a lovely space and everyone’s settling in well. 

"The care my son’s received at Rocking Horse Nursery has been second to none and I’m thrilled that other local parents will be able to benefit from this for years to come."

The nursery’s new home has several large rooms for children of different ages, from babies and toddlers to pre-school children as well as several outdoor play areas and a car park for drop-offs and pick-ups. 

Staff and parents as well as the landlords have spent weeks preparing the former youth centre for the arrival of more than 50 children and have been busy re-painting, installing new child-friendly toilets and sinks, preparing new play areas and moving toys and furniture across from the old home.

Most of the children from Rocking Horse Nursery in Warmley have moved to the new location and it has has space for new children to join.

Families from Kingswood, Hanham and St George, as well as other areas of Bristol and South Gloucestershire, can find out more when the nursery hosts an open day on Saturday September 23 from 10am-2pm.

Julia Davies, owner of Rocking Horse Nursery, said: "It’s been all hands on deck and we’re finally in and starting to get settled. We’ve been overwhelmed with the support from families past and present and local people in helping us to save Rocking Horse Day Nursery."