Closure of pre -school in Ancaster is 'devastating' but not unexpected
A popular village pre-school group has announced that it will be closing its doors next week after 50 years.
Ancaster Pre-school, which is based in the village hall, blamed low attendance and restricted opening times for the closure which will happen on Wednesday.
Manager Dawn Warren took over the registered charity in September last year. She said that whereas the closure was ‘devastating’ for them all, it was not unexpected.
She added: “We could only offers 15 hours funded childcare whereas most parents need more. We are always low on numbers in September but it still hadn’t picked up by December and we currently only have eight children.
“We are truly devastated that we are in this position. I have worked here since September but the two other staff members have been here for 13 and 14 years. We have tried everything possible to remain open from trying to increase hours at the hall to moving to a new venue. We even applied for Lottery funding but were turned down so unfortunately we have now exhausted all of our options.”
Since announcing the closure on Facebook, staff have been inundated with messages of support.
Nicola Hill posted: “Ancaster is losing a gem. This preschool has always offered something very unique to the children. It’s such an awful shame that it has come to this after 50 years.”
Kathryn Hutton added: “Very sad news for Ancaster.
“I for one have a lot to thank Ancaster Pre-school for - lifelong friendships formed for all of our family.”
Staff are planning a fun packed few days next week to mark their last week.
Dawn added: “We have got a lady bringing in her lambs to show the children and we are also planning a picnic in the park if weather permits.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported the pre-school over the years.
“We will truly miss being part of the community.”