Nursery closes due to fire safety concerns

Nursery closes due to fire safety concerns

LITTLE OASIS Nursery in Castleford will close after it was ‘found not to be up to fire safety standards’.

Pontefract and Castleford Express reported on the closure of the nursery, which has places for over 60 children, and which is ‘set to leave the building’ it currently occupies at the Three Lane Ends Academy after the inspection. Families affected are being helped by Wakefield Council to find alternative locations, after a letter was sent to them by Castleford Academy Trust, which runs the school.

The letter said that the nursery had been ‘given notice to vacate the building’ by 17 November, but was still open this last week ‘after the date was extended’, and added that the decision to close was ‘not a criticism of the service offered by Little Oasis’. Instead, it pointed out that ‘there is a significant need to improve the infrastructure of the building to meet minimum fire safety requirements. Repair of the building to ensure the future safety of the children is not feasible.

‘The school have worked tirelessly and it was an extremely difficult decision to close the building, but the health and safety of all our children and staff is paramount’. The decision to close was taken after company Ford Risk Management carried out an assessment of the whole school site, with the school itself needing ‘remedial works’ to bring it up to fire safety requirement, though the nursery building ‘could not be brought up to standard’.

Marium Haque, Wakefield Council’s service director for education and inclusion, stated: ‘We are aware of the closure and are in contact with Little Oasis Nursery. We are supporting the parents and children who have been affected by providing information about other nurseries in the area which currently have vacancies.’

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