Bah, humbug! Hatfield-based pre-school to be kicked out days before Christmas

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 October 2012

Teachers, Mrs Cassidy and Mrs Stevens with some children from the pre-school

Teachers, Mrs Cassidy and Mrs Stevens with some children from the pre-school

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A CHARITY-RUN pre-school is set to be kicked out of its Hatfield base just four days before Christmas.

The Ryde Pre-School, which has been at The Ryde School’s site in Pleasant Rise, Hatfield, for the last 17 years, has been told to leave by December 21.

Now desperate staff are on the lookout for a new premises.

Susannah Yorston, chair of The Ryde Pre-School committee, told the WHT: “We were given our notice to vacate the building we currently share with the nursery.

“As you can imagine that has really shocked us, as we have all worked so closely for such a long time.

“The reasons the school have given are vague but ultimately it is their building.

“We are desperately looking for somewhere to move to.

“We have approximately 30 children who have started this term and although we have about a third who are due to move up to nursery in January, we have a very healthy waiting list and more in want of joining us.”

She said parents are “very cross” at the decision to boot the pre-school out.

“We are just desperate, we need to find somewhere,” she said.

She added: “We are running out of time and I so badly want to help the pre-school get up and running.”

A spokesman for Hertfordshire County Council said: “The Ryde School has enjoyed a good relationship with The Ryde Pre-School, which is a privately run voluntary organisation.

“However, the area within the school currently used by the pre-school is now needed for The Ryde School’s nursery and primary pupils.

“The main school plans to introduce a breakfast club and after school care, as well as use the building in the afternoon because space in the main school building is getting cramped.

“Based on this, we have asked The Ryde Pre-School to relocate after 21 December 2012.”

He added: “The school and the local authority are working closely with the pre-school to support them in finding suitable alternative premises for the start of the spring term, in January 2013.”

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