The town’s MP recently visited a nursery to offer her support for its plans to expand and accommodate more youngsters.
Rye MP Amber Rudd met with staff and children at Ferry Road Nursery earlier this month.
With the nursery planning to extend its premises to accommodate more two year olds, the nursery’s team were keen to give Ms Rudd an overview of their vision of the future.
Ferry Road Nursery (formerly Rye Pre-School Playgroup) offers families childcare from three months until reception age at school.
The nursery, however, regularly finds itself oversubscribed.
It is with this in mind that the nursery’s management has applied for and been granted planning permission to extend the nursery by adding a third floor to the existing premises.
It is hoped these plans will not only give the nursery more space for both children and staff, but will help to avoid widespread disappointment given that currently, the nursery frequently reaches maximum capacity and is forced to turn away families who are in need of pre-school child day care.
Ferry Road Nursery has begun to tap into the community spirit in Rye by raising funds to help fund the nursery’s extension plans.
The most recent fundraising initiative being the nursery ‘duck race’, which was held back in June this year.
Ferry Road Nursery has more than 70 children on its rolls and has been in the town for more than 50 years.
A first-floor extension was built in 2004.
Commenting on her visit, Ms Rudd said: “It was a real pleasure to visit Ferry Road Nursery and to have the opportunity to meet the nursery’s staff, along with nursery participants.
“May I congratulate the team at Ferry Road on their plans to extend the nursery with the aim of making child day care more accessible to residents.
“As a mother-of-two – now grown-up children – I know how crucial child day care can be for parents who are trying their best to hold down a full-time career.
“No one should have to forgo support for their children during their early stages of life.
“I have therefore, written to East Sussex County Council to enlist its help in support of Ferry Road’s expansion plans.”
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