A COMMUNITY children’s nursery in Selsey has been given a boost with a £1,000 donation from the Southern Co-operative Funeralcare branch in Chichester.
Rescued by five working mums when First Steps, their own children’s nursery, was faced with closure, and with considerable volunteer support from local people and businesses, Selsey Community Nursery opened its doors in late July, only one week after First Steps closed.
Since then, there has been growing demand for places at the not-for-profit nursery and its holiday club from the area’s working parents.
However, purchasing the expensive essential computer software needed to ensure the business runs smoothly proved to be a major financial hurdle.
Selsey Community Nursery’s volunteer treasurer, Rosie Jones, who also works as a VAT consultant, said: “We’ve been absolutely blown away by the Southern Co-operative Funeralcare’s support and very excited about receiving this £1,000 donation.
“We’re really proud that, with so much local support, we’ve been able to open the nursery, especially as there was a shortage of childcare in Selsey.
“Also that we could reinstate the cook so that every child, whether paid for or government-funded, is provided with a fresh, home-cooked meal.
“This was important to us as parents, knowing our children are getting nutritious food and trying a variety of flavours. We have plenty more plans to implement other types of quality and flexible childcare and make it more affordable to help working parents and those seeking a return to work. The popularity of our holiday club this summer reflects the demand for this.”
The nursery was set up by five working mums who wanted to keep the service going for children in the area.
Since then they’ve seen lots of support from the community, with residents helping to paint and clean the nursery, and lots of local businesses getting on board to sponsor the project.