Pair secure deal to save local nursery

Two entrepreneurs have stepped in to secure the future of a Longbenton nursery.

The service, next to Longbenton Children’s Centre, was under threat of closure after Barnardo’s announced plans to end their involvement.

But Paul and Leigh Caven, who run two Leigh’s Nurseries elsewhere, have secured a tenancy agreement with North Tyneside Council and have taken over the nursery.

The move has helped to safeguard six jobs and expands their area of operation.

Paul said: “The services offered from this nursery have been excellent so when we heard that the facility, which is near to where we live, was ear-marked for closure, we couldn’t let it happen.

“Both the council and Barnardo’s have been very supportive of our bid to keep the nursery open, not least because no one wants it to lie empty.

“We are also all very aware of the need for local people to have access to high quality childcare, which is the mainstay of our offer.

“Our job now is to let residents and those working nearby know that the nursery is once again up and running to an excellent standard and we still have places for those that need them.”

Kayleigh Cookson, a local parent, added: “I live in Longbenton and have two kids who use the nursery so it was devastating to think it would close. Lots of people felt the same so the reaction to the fact it will now stay open has been extremely positive – it’s a huge relief for all of us.”

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