Relief on the horizon for Rocking Horse Nursery

March 03 2017

THE Rocking Horse Day Nursery, which has to move from Warmley in the summer, hopes it has found a new home in St George.

THE Rocking Horse Day Nursery, which has to move from Warmley in the summer, hopes it has found a new home in St George.

It looks likely to move to the former Kingsway youth centre, which is part of the Creative

Youth Network. This would save the nursery, which has been in operation for more than 25 years, and would be a relief to parents and staff.

Parent Laura Williams, who has been leading the campaign to find a new base since the nursery was told it would have to leave the former Grange School premises, said: “It is not

deal, because it is three miles away from the current site so is not providing nursery places for families in Warmley, but it is good news that we have a building we can go to. It is a great relief.” The Kingsway centre is part of the Creative Youth Network estate and has been used most recently as an alternative education provision. It is big enough for the nursery, which currently has about 60 children, to expand in future.

Owner Julia Davies and her team were shocked in the autumn when they were told they would have to leave the Grange sooner than expected.

Ms Williams and other parents protested and were given a stay of execution by South Gloucestershire Council. More children have joined following the closure of other nurseries nearby. Hopes were raised that the respected Rocking Horse Nursery could move to Oldland Common, but these were dashed when they found the proposed site was unlikely to get planning  permission. Parents were meeting on March 2 to hear about the latest plans.

plans. It is hoped the move could

take place in mid July.