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‘Save Long Bennington pre-school from closure’

By Judith Hawkins

Some of the pre-school's children during a re-telling of the story 'Walking Through the Jungle'.
Some of the pre-school's children during a re-telling of the story 'Walking Through the Jungle'.

The manager of a pre-school has described its situation as “critical”, with fears it will have to shut down next year if there is no increase in numbers.

Long Bennington Pre-School provides sessional care and early years education for those aged between two and four. It has been open since September 1998, and is based in St James’ Hall in the village.

However, this year staff have been unable to fill all of the 30 places available, forcing them to cut some staff hours. Now concern is growing that they may not be able to continue at all.

Pre-school manager Sam Dell told the Journal: “We are at a critical point. We expect numbers to pick up over the course of the year, but if we don’t get enough we probably will have to close at the end of June.

“The problem is that a lot of people don’t know about us. We want to let people know that we are here and have spaces for children from the village, Grantham and the surrounding area.”

Among those who would be devastated to see the pre-school close is parent Lisa Winter. She said: “My daughter Skye, 3, has now attended the pre-school for a year.

“Since starting she has flourished, growing in confidence and ability. She is always so excited and happy to be going.

“I feel the pre-school is massively important to the community, offering an affordable alternative to a nursey in a much more relaxed and educational environment. It is a great way to prepare your children for school.”

Determined to keep going, staff have been holding several fund-raising events, including most recently a scarily successful Halloween disco. The next fund-raising event is a Christmas fair in the village hall on Saturday, November 28, from 10am-2pm.

For more information about the pre-school, including details aboutplaces, go to www.longbenningtonpre school.weebly.com or call 07816 537242.


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