A NURSERY which nearly closed amid funding and building crises has been relaunched.
Huddersfield-based Willow House Nursery was threatened with closure in 2009 after its Colne Road facilities fell into disrepair.
But now children are back in a new building, complete with gardens.
In December, 2009, nursery bosses managed to secure funding for a move to Huddersfield town centre’s Holy Trinity Church on a temporary basis.
Two weeks later the roof collapsed at their old building.
Stacie Murphy, spokeswoman for the privately run nursery said: “The opening of the new facilities was hit by planning delays and dropping attendances that almost caused the nursery to close again.
“A further setback came in the form of Government funding cutbacks, but the nursery’s future was saved after Kirklees Council managed to secure grants before the money was recalled.”
Loyal staff pulled together and made sacrifices so Willow House could save money and the team began fundraising to help purchase essential resources and equipment.
Meanwhile, work began on site in Colne Road at the beginning of October. ŠThe site needed to be completely cleared and lumps of concrete weighing close to 23 tonnes had to be removed.
Now, after a turbulent 18 months, the nursery is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary in purpose built premises.
New features include separate baby, toddler and pre-school rooms and a specially designed outdoor area with all weather play areas, grassed areas, a sensory garden and a wildlife garden.