Gosport pre-school facing closure gets new home

Gateway Forton pre-school manager Emma Hawxwell with Corey Morgan, four, and Kyra Brown, four at their new premises. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151704-7321)
Gateway Forton pre-school manager Emma Hawxwell with Corey Morgan, four, and Kyra Brown, four at their new premises. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151704-7321)
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  • Gateway Pre-school, in Gosport, has moved into a new building in the grounds of a school
  • The nursery was forced to leave the hall it used in Forton last year and faced closure
  • But it was agreed to get a new building at Leesland Junior School
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THE future of a nursery has been secured after a school offered it a new home on its site.

Gateway Forton Pre-School faced closure after being told it had to find alternative premises last year.

But thanks to Leesland School in Gosport and Hampshire County Council, it has now secured its future and is looking at taking on more children.

Manager Emma Hawxwell said: ‘To now have somewhere permanent is brilliant.

‘The children absolutely love the new space and the garden which we didn’t have before is amazing.

‘To have that space is great so this move really is onwards and upwards for us.

‘Everyone here is really over the moon and the parents, who have been really supportive, are happy too.’

After losing their hall in Forton, the nursery had been using a temporary classroom at Leesland School but had to leave it at the start of this term.

Emma added: ‘Where the junior school has so many pupils, it needed that extra classroom come September.

‘All through the summer we were looking at other possibilities and thankfully it was decided that another building could be constructed in the school grounds.’

With the new building, which is split into two rooms, the nursery can take on more children.

When it moved in, it had 26 registered but since moving, about 50 families have been in touch wanting to use the nursery.

‘The level of interest we have had shows how much our service is needed in this area,’ Emma added.

Head of education at Hampshire County Council Peter Edgar agreed.

He added: ‘The building is an excellent facility for young children and staff and this is an example of the county’s acknowledgement of the importance of early years education.

‘I am thankful for the community’s tremendous support and understanding of the need to deliver extra pre-school places in the Leesland area.’