Uppstarts announcement

It is with deep regret and great sadness that we have to inform the local community about the closure of Uppstarts Nursery.

We began a consultation period in December for the proposed closure of the nursery. Whilst we received many responses that identified the brilliant work of the staff at Uppstarts and the superb environment for childcare they provide, we did not receive any information that enabled us to make the nursery financially viable.

Therefore the last day of operation for Uppstarts Nursery will be Friday 9 February 2018. Following this date the nursery will be fully closed.

Following a meeting with the Early Education and Childcare Team at Rutland County Council, we have been assured that there is provision available at other local nurseries.  The team offer a wide range of services to families in Rutland and are keen to provide assistance if needed. The link for the childcare page on the Rutland Information Service site is:

http://ris.rutland.gov.uk/kb5/rutland/directory/families.page?familieschannel=2

During the consultation period we liaised with a number of local nursery providers who were keen to speak with families seeking new childcare arrangements. Specifically, these nurseries were; Little Angels in Uppingham, Stepping Stones at Uppingham C of E Primary School and Belton Pre School.

This is a sad day for everyone involved at Uppingham Community College and Uppstarts Nursery. Our nursery provision has played an important role here for many years and the governing body of UCC have had to make this decision with extremely heavy hearts.

I hope that Uppstarts families are able to find alternative childcare arrangements quickly; I have passed on all of the lovely comments and compliments I have received about Uppstarts staff to everyone there. On behalf of everyone involved at Uppingham Community College I would like to thank the staff at Uppstarts for their commitment, dedication and professionalism and wish them the very best of luck for the future.

Ben Solly.

Principal.