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School launches consultation on nursery plans

Published: 15 June 2017

Families in a Derbyshire community could soon have a nursery added to their local primary school.

Harpur Hill Primary School, near Buxton, plans to offer 15 hours of Government-funded nursery education for three year-olds, increasing to 30 hours from September.

Children currently start at the school in the Reception class at the age of four. If the plans are approved, children can start at the new nursery in the term following their third birthday.

Our Cabinet considered the proposals at its meeting last week and a public consultation will now begin on Friday (16 June 2017).

Harpur Hill headteacher Vicky Giliker said:

“We know from research carried out in Harpur Hill that there is the demand for a school nursery here, and we expect that demand to increase from September when the offer goes up to 30 hours.

“We are very excited about our plans because we know they meet the needs of families in the area by giving them flexible access to nursery education for their children.”

She added:

“Nursery education gives children a great start and studies have shown that it helps them to make good progress throughout their school life.

“In short, it will mean there is a high quality, safe and affordable childcare service for families in Harpur Hill, giving them more options.”

Our Cabinet Member for Young People Councillor Alex Dale said:

“It is important that our schools are meeting the needs of their communities and enabling families to take up opportunities such as the Government’s provision of 30 free hours of childcare.

“The consultation process is an essential part of the decision-making process. It ensures that local people can have a say on the services we aim to provide and whether these plans are right for the area in which they live.”

For more information about the plans and to take part in the consultation you can:

The consultation period runs until 15 July 2017.