Public consultation to begin about future of under-used Wisbech day nursery

PUBLIC consultation is set to begin about the future of an under-used Wisbech day nursery.

Cambridgeshire County Council will launch a review of the Oasis Nursery on November 14 with a view to taking a recommendation on its future to Cabinet early next year.

Jemma Keegan, the county council’s early years and child sufficiency co-ordinator, has said closure of the nursery is a possibility but insisted the adjoining Oasis Centre is not under threat.

She will be project manager for the review which aims to ensure the “best value is achieved in the delivery of childcare” and to “improve outcomes” for children living in Waterlees.

One of the options under consideration as part of the review is for a business to come in and take over the running of the nursery from the council.


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The nursery - which serves the Waterlees area of the town - has been less than half full for much of the time since it opened in 2005.

Research has already show that 69 per cent of the 54 children who use the nursery live within one mile of it.

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But more than 200 pre-school and daycare places are available in Wisbech - the vast majority within one mile of the Oasis Nursery.

The council is asking a wide-range of people to give their views - which must be submitted by December 9 during the consultation.

Forms will be available on the county council’s website and Wisbech’s Shape Your Place website from November 14.

Completed forms can also be e-mailed to jemma.keegan@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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