Pr-school faces crisis

AN IPSWICH pre-school is urgently appealing for more children to join its books. The Cumberland Street Pre School is facing an uncertain future unless it can attract at least ten more children to joins its morning session in September.

AN IPSWICH pre-school is urgently appealing for more children to join its books.

The Cumberland Street Pre School is facing an uncertain future unless it can attract at least ten more children to joins its morning session in September.

Val Bowman, pre-school manager said: "We have been looking at our numbers for next year and it is reaching a critical stage. It would have a huge impact on us if we do not get more children in.

"I wouldn't like to say we would have to close but we would have to look at reducing staff and our hours."

Ofsted inspected the Pre School which is a self-funding registered charity and has been running since 1999.

Mrs Bowman said a staff of four work at the pre-school.

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She said: "It has all been by word of mouth but there must be people who do not know we exist.

"It takes about £40,000 a year to run, we have two sessions – one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

"The one in the morning is under threat."

Mrs Bowman said she was hoping to attract children approaching their fourth birthday.

She added: "We are down to five, we need at least 15 but we have capacity for 24."

For more information and to find out about the facilities at the pre-school please contact Mrs Bowman on 01473 213392.

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