Relief as Potters Bar nursery saved from closure

Manager Helen Lee, keyworker Louise Ford, chairperson of the management committee Nicola Jarman, key

Manager Helen Lee, keyworker Louise Ford, chairperson of the management committee Nicola Jarman, keyworker Louise Roberts, deputy manager Julie Thorlby with nursery children - Credit: Archant

PARENTS are celebrating victory after a nursery was saved from the brink of closure.

Potters Bar United Reformed Church Nursery was entering in to its last weeks before closing this summer.

The popular nursery at the Darkes Lane church was no longer making enough money to remain open and officials decided to call time on the facility which has been open since the 1960s.

But help, such as new sponsorship, means the nursery has been given a new lease of life.

A statement from the nursery said: “We are delighted to be able to announce that Potters Bar URC Nursery is to stay open, continuing the long tradition we have of offering superb early years care to families in Potters Bar.

“The community here at Potters Bar URC and our nursery has succeeded in finding ways to make our nursery financially viable again.”

It praised staff and parents for raising the sponsorship needed to keep the nursery – which caters for youngsters aged between two and five – open.

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As previously reported in the Potters Bar Edition, parents were distraught when they heard the nursery was earmarked for closure.

A delighted Mark Guerin, who has had two sons going through the ranks at the nursery, and another due to start in September, said: “A mother I spoke to recently said that leaving her son at the nursery day after day felt like leaving him with a family member, a sentiment my wife and I agree with wholeheartedly.

“The care and individual attention afforded each child is really fantastic. We are so relived that the nursery is to remain open after all.

“It would have been terrible had our youngest son missed out on the opportunity the nursery affords.”

For information on the nursery, email or call 07854 843125.