Parents fight to prevent closure of Southfield Nursery

Image above: Children at Southfield nursery

Parents and carers of children at Southfield Primary School Nursery are fighting to keep the Nursery open, after being told it would close at the end of the school year.

A consultation on the plan began this Wednesday (23 March) and runs until 20 April. The reasoning behind the decision is that only 16 children are in the nursery for the 2021-2022 term, which is significantly lower than previous years. The school itself will remain open.

Many children who attend the nursery will move into reception in September, but around half had hoped to stay and repeat a year in a setting with which they are familiar.

A group of parents opposed to the plan are hoping to spread awareness of the nursery’s planned closure, in the hopes this will encourage people to register their children to join this September, forcing the governing body to consider keeping it open.

Possible reasons for the low enrolment might include families leaving Chiswick during the pandemic, and lack of marketing by the nursery compared with others in the area.

Parents “can’t speak highly enough” of the nursery

One parent said:

“Southfield Primary School has gone from strength to strength in recent years with the appointment of a new headmaster and a passionate PTA. From the regular cake sales to the beautifully maintained wildlife garden, which was a real community effort, together with several new teachers and many exciting extra curriculum activities and events.

“The parents of those children currently attending can’t speak highly enough of the nursery and the teaching staff. “

Once comments to the consultation have all been received the school’s governing body will make the final decision on the nursery’s future.

Another parent, Amy Marshall, said:

‘My daughter attended another nursery locally prior to Southfield so perhaps my expectations were low (despite that other nursery being a far more expensive private option) and both my husband and I were totally blown away by how wonderful Southfield nursery is, how much she learns and how happy she is to go there every day.

‘I can’t remember the last time I saw any of the children upset at drop off – they all happily go in each morning and bounce out in the afternoon with smiles on their faces! The nursery teacher, Ms Gibbons is an incredible asset to the school. It will be an incredible shame for the local community to lose the nursery.’

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