Parent group succeeds in Selsey nursery take-over

Parents and children against the closure of First Steps.Picture by Kate Shemilt
Parents and children against the closure of First Steps.Picture by Kate Shemilt

CELEBRATIONS are in order after it was confirmed a parent-run group will take over a Selsey nursery which was set to close.

Selsey Town Council revealed the ten-year lease for the nursery would be given to the parent-run group, after the current provider announced it would have to close on July 14.

Chichester College ran First Steps from The Selsey Centre for seven years, but announced it would have to close after failing to break-even.

Parents formed a committee to find an alternative, as they were concerned about nursery provision for their children in the seaside town.

Mums formed the Selsey Community Nursery in February in response to the news, and with lots of hard work behind the scenes, they will continue to provide the childcare service from the date of First Steps’ closure.

“As of last night Selsey Town Council have confirmed that the ten-year lease has been given to Selsey Community Nursery,” said mum Emma Russell, who is the secretary of the group.

“We’re going to be taking a three-pronged approach, working with Selsey Town Council and the college to try to ensure that we’re starting from July 14.”

She said the group aimed to keep the nursery going in its current setting, and will take on the children who are already at the nursery.

The committee is made up of Mrs Russell, chairman Lisa Lyon, Selsey town manager Sam Tate, Rosie Jones and Jo Walton.

The group even received recognition from the parliamentary under secretary of state for Education and Childcare, Elizabeth Truss, who congratulated the group and said she hoped other communities would follow in their footsteps.

See next week’s Observer (May 8) for a full report on the news and what it means for Selsey.

Previous stories on the nursery:

Selsey mums pull together to save ‘vital’ nursery

First steps to new parent-run group in Selsey