10 November 2020 Children and learning

Hertford nursery class – final consultation underway

A final period of consultation has started on plans to close Hertford Infant and Nursery School’s nursery class at the end of this academic year.

The nursery class now only has seven children attending, and this number is not expected to increase.

It means there isn’t enough money to cover staff and operational costs, and this is putting a big strain on the school’s budget.

The change has been asked for by the school’s head teacher and governors. It is supported by the council’s Children, Young People and Skills committee.

An important factor in this decision was that there is alternative provision in the area with space for local children. This includes Cherry Tree nursery at the council-run Hollingdean Children’s Centre.

Decisions on closing the nursery class and raising the school’s lower age range from three to four years have to be taken by the council, not the school.

Statutory notices consistent with government guidelines have been published on the council’s website. For further information click here.

Anyone can object or make a representation or comment on the proposal. This can be done by emailing the council’s early years and childcare team at eyc@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

The deadline for responding is Friday 4 December. The council is due to make a final decision on 11 January.