A new children’s day nursery has opened in the premises of a business which went bust last year.

Excel Childcare has taken over the building left empty after the sudden collapse of Clayton West Day Care at Edan Court, Colliers Way, Clayton West.

The previous business closed overnight on October 30 last year leaving staff without jobs and owing thousands of pounds in fees paid in advance by parents.

Now nursery firm boss Chris Schofield and wife Julia have opened a new business, their fourth day care nursery. They have no connection to the failed business, Walker Day Care Nurseries.

Mr Schofield said the couple had bought the equipment from liquidators Begbies Traynor and signed a new lease on the premises with the landlord.

Laura Cairns, Director Julia Schofield and Jennifer Whitworth of Excel Childcare with property left in the premises they have just taken over at Colliers Way, Clayton West.

The couple, who run three other nurseries in the Wakefield area, operate their businesses as not-for-profit community interest companies.

Excel Childcare opened last week and there was an open day for prospective parents on Saturday.

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The premises have had a complete makeover and will have a wet room play area for children complete with a water fountain, which Mr Schofield says is unique to his nurseries.

Mr Schofield said he and wife Julia were passionate about the nursery business and added: “My wife has an eye for detail and a real love for children.

“As a not-for-profit company we give thousands of pounds a year to charities and everything we make goes back into the business.”

Clayton West Day Care Nursery, Colliers Way, Clayton West.

When the previous business closed around 15 staff lost their jobs. They were told at an emergency meeting on the Friday night that the business would close immediately.

Director Susan Walker sparked anger when she broke the news but said the staff Christmas dinner could still go ahead.

Mr Schofield said most of the former staff had been interviewed and would be recruited as nursery places were filled.

“It was rated an ‘outstanding’ nursery before and you don’t get that without a good staff,” he said. “Hopefully we will have a ready-made workforce.”

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The premises had been locked up since last year and Mr Schofield has a mountain of clothing belonging to the children.

Items include coats, jackets, jeans, tops and boots and Mr Schofield has appealed for parents to get in touch if they want them back.

“The children may have outgrown them by now but they may have younger brothers or sisters,” he said. “If the items aren’t claimed they will go to charity.”

Parents took legal action against Begbies Traynor over their handling of the nursery’s financial affairs in the run-up to liquidation and 46 of them received 75% of the fees paid in an out-of-court settlement.

The nursery can be contacted on 01484 505590.