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Council ensure nursery provision is maintained in Halewood

by Gemma Melling

Children will continue to be looked after whilst essential repairs closes their nursery, thanks to intervention from Knowsley Council.

The Council has stepped in after hearing that two private nurseries at St Mark’s Catholic Primary School in Halewood would be without premises whilst works were carried out on the building’s roof.

Arrangements have now been made which allow the two nurseries – St Mark’s Roseheath and The Hollies – to temporarily relocate very close by.

Works to the nursery building at St Mark’s Catholic Primary School have been arranged by the Archdiocese, to be completed at the end of February. The works will affect a number of classes at the school, as well as two private nurseries that operate from the site.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said “The Council has not been involved in the schedule of works – this has been commissioned and managed by the Archdiocese. However, given the short notice provided, the Council has stepped in to support those affected at both the school and the two private nurseries to find alternative accommodation whilst the works are completed.

“The school’s nursery classes will be accommodated in the Early Years provision at New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre whilst the Reception classes will be relocated to another part of the school.

“The two private nurseries will be accommodated at St Mark’s Catholic Church Hall. It was important that the children and staff remain in a familiar setting, to avoid disruption to their routine.

“The Council will continue to support those families and children that have been affected to ensure a smooth transition into the alternative temporary accommodation.”