After being given just a few weeks notice of its closure at the end of March Cllr Mick Lerry and Cllr Liz Marsh have been working hard alongside the Victoria Park Community Centre’s Manager (VPCC) Somerset County Council to find a new Nursery to take over in VPCC. Cllr Marsh (Labour, Victoria) says “We know how vital such early years childcare is needed and are now absolutely thrilled to be able to announce that we are in a position to say that a new Nursery will be opening its doors in September this year. Little Adventures Nurseries already own 4 successful Nurseries in Taunton, Cheddar, Worle and Weston- super-Mare and now they are coming to VPCC in Bridgwater. This is massively exciting and will provide first rate childcare for children from 0-5 years, 5 days a week (Monday-Friday) all year round from 7.30am until 6pm. “
Cllr Marsh continued “Fellow Victoria Ward Bridgwater Town Councillor Cllr Mick Lerry and I know from speaking to our residents in the Victoria Community how important all year childcare is for our working families and the need for that all important 0-2 years is critical. Having interviewed a few candidates we are extremely happy to say that Tom Filer and his team at Little Adventures Nursery have more than met our high expectations for what we wanted for our families and the Community Centre as a whole.”
Alongside the nursery and baby room there will also be a Forest School, Children’s kitchen, sensory
room and a library.
Cllr Marsh adds “We cannot wait to welcome Little Adventures to Victoria Park and look forward to them opening their doors in September and working together to best serve our community moving forwards.”
Working with Parents
Cllr Mick Lerry (Labour, Victoria) said “Elizabeth and I realised that the closure of this much needed Nursery had to be kept to as short a time as possible and that we must immediately do all we can to ensure that a new provision was in place by August, ready for September. Immediately tender documents were produced, and the vacancy advertised. The selection process was based on a presentation and business case provided by interested parties”.
“What was most important was that the new Nursery provider should work with interested parents and carers as to what type of provision they wanted, this could full time or part time, and it also needed to be an extended day along with all round provision for the year. At the same time the new Nursery could use the facilities offered at the centre, such as catering and the open space”, said Mick.