I'm not sure if anyone is aware of this, it is regarding Lochinvar Pre School. Its a small nursery that is located on the premises of Alderbrook School. Due to the Alderbrook Primary Expansion, Lochinvar Pre School has been given 3 months notice to relocate.
The plans for Alderbrook are to obtain a shared plot of land across the road and to put a nursery onsite. Their are other things getting put on the site such as flats and an underground car park and such.
The only problem is that Lochinvar Pre School (who hasn't been involved in any of the discussions or consultations and only found out just last week) have been told that even though the government has just spent over Â£70,000 on building repairs on the condition that the council honours a 5 years lease (which has now been retracted) and over Â£10,000 of the parents money went on building upgrades too which all happened just last year.
Just to give you a little background of what Lochinvar is all about:
It was founded over 40 years ago and has been in the current location for 12 years. The last OFSTED provision was "outstanding" due to the commitment and dedication of the small group of staff. Lochinvar is often referred to as "Balham's Best Kept Secret" and is a warm and friendly place for children to go to in order to start their Educational Development.
I personally don't have a problem with the Alderbrook Primary Expansion, In fact I think it is a great idea and look forward to the ever increasing level of education being given by Alderbrook thanks to the Head Teacher and her dedicated staff.
My only problem is the way that this came about. Lochivar were the last to know about these plans and have been given a very short amount of time to find and move into new premises. Alderbrook will be using the building to house a small group of children. Lochinvar currently has about 35 children on it's books this term. Another thing to consider is that Alderbrook's whole top floor is believed to be empty at the moment due to the old french school moving out of the premises.
I look after a couple of French children one of who goes to lochinvar and the other child goes to Belleville. At the moment Belleville has a porta-cabin which is located on the playground. I have no idea if this is a temporary solution for bellleville untill their new premises is complete however you wouldnt realise it's temporary as it is very well situated. Why couldn't the council and Alderbrook consider this as an optionto house their nursery children and leave Lochinvar where it is?
I'm posting today to ask your for help and support for this local nursery by doing one or all of the following:
Signing this online petition - http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/handsoffourlochinvar
Phone or Email the head of Early Years (Mr Rob Nicholson) who is interested in hearing people's opinions to build a case against this decision on 0208 871 8328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to fight to keep this nursery open as if they don't find new premises in the three months, then the nursery is forced to leave, it's possible that this could be the end for lochinvar.
Thanks for reading