Low Hall Lane Nursery is facing a 'crisis in funding' according to parents and governors

This Is Local London: Children and staff at Low Hall Nursery this week. Children and staff at Low Hall Nursery this week.

Full-time day care places at a nursery school rated outstanding in its last three Ofsted inspections could be lost because of a funding crisis.

Low Hall Lane Nursery School and Children’s Centre, in Low Hall Lane, Walthamstow, must enrol more children in less than three weeks or face a significant cut to services.

An emergency meeting held with parents and staff on Tuesday revealed that a drop in enrolments meant a significant restructure could be imminent – resulting in shortened hours and potential job losses.

The nursery, rated outstanding three times since 2006, currently has 97 children on its books.
Governor and parent Dan Edelstyn said: “It’s the best place in our area, undoubtedly a treasure to the children who attend and their families.

“It would be very sad to see such an amazing community resource close.”

He said enrolments have decreased because the centre lacks visibility - both to passers-by and to the “increasingly technologically savvy” parents in the borough.

“We need online presence to show what an exceptional place this is. The only thing we’re missing is awareness,” he said.

“There’s a crisis in early years education and here’s a place that’s struggling to catch people’s attention.”

Governors five additional children must enrol for full-time day care by February 11 to prevent the cuts.

Executive headteacher Sandra Campbell said: “To lose such a valuable community resource would be a real blow to the parents and children of west Walthamstow.

“Low Hall Nursery has long been seen as a beacon in terms of its special needs provision and general early years foundation stage education.

Interm deputy headteacher Mandy Douglas said: “We want to keep the nursery daycare open next year, service the community and providing a happy and constructive environment for the children who come here.”

An open day will be held at the nursery school on Thursday, running from 8am until 11am and from 1pm until 2.30pm.

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4:08pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Call me Earl says...

This is very sad news if Low Hall Nursery was to close. My own child attended there and was very happy. The staff and head were outstanding and could not have done enough for the well being and welfare of all the children. If my own child`s special needs were not picked up at a very early stage by the skill and experience of the head teacher at that time, who then put the ball rolling for specialist support. My child who is now in senior school would not have had the support he has now. Unfortunately the Nursery cannot be seen from Markhouse Road due to the height of the fence and overhanging hedge. The local councillors should also do a lot more to promote the nursery.
This is very sad news if Low Hall Nursery was to close. My own child attended there and was very happy. The staff and head were outstanding and could not have done enough for the well being and welfare of all the children. If my own child`s special needs were not picked up at a very early stage by the skill and experience of the head teacher at that time, who then put the ball rolling for specialist support. My child who is now in senior school would not have had the support he has now. Unfortunately the Nursery cannot be seen from Markhouse Road due to the height of the fence and overhanging hedge. The local councillors should also do a lot more to promote the nursery. Call me Earl

2:05am Mon 27 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

Tellie Tubbies seem to win?
Tellie Tubbies seem to win? Villagecranberry

9:28am Mon 27 Jan 14

Techno3 says...

And yet there are a number of nurseries in the borough which parents pay a lot of money for their children to attend. Maybe there is something about what they offer that this nursery could learn from.
And yet there are a number of nurseries in the borough which parents pay a lot of money for their children to attend. Maybe there is something about what they offer that this nursery could learn from. Techno3

12:02pm Mon 27 Jan 14

mdj says...

It seems extraordinary that with our burgeoning population a highly-praised nursery should be under-subscribed.
What does the portfolio holder for Children's Services have to say?
It seems extraordinary that with our burgeoning population a highly-praised nursery should be under-subscribed. What does the portfolio holder for Children's Services have to say? mdj

5:12pm Mon 27 Jan 14

myopinioncounts says...

Could it be that the ratio of special needs to mainstream children is too high? Some parents may be put off from paying for their child to attend a nursery if they think it specialises in statemented children.
Could it be that the ratio of special needs to mainstream children is too high? Some parents may be put off from paying for their child to attend a nursery if they think it specialises in statemented children. myopinioncounts

6:26pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Peachesx says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
Could it be that the ratio of special needs to mainstream children is too high? Some parents may be put off from paying for their child to attend a nursery if they think it specialises in statemented children.
Why wouldn't you want your child to be in a nursery where other children had special needs? I'd like my children to meet a whole range of children, not just the "perfect" ones.
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: Could it be that the ratio of special needs to mainstream children is too high? Some parents may be put off from paying for their child to attend a nursery if they think it specialises in statemented children.[/p][/quote]Why wouldn't you want your child to be in a nursery where other children had special needs? I'd like my children to meet a whole range of children, not just the "perfect" ones. Peachesx

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