Nursery to close after fire safety concerns

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A nursery with places for more than 60 children will close after its building was found not to be up to fire safety standards.

Little Oasis Nursery is set to leave the building it occupies at Three Lane Ends Academy in Castleford after an inspection of the premises. Families are being helped by Wakefield Council to find alternative childcare places.

A letter to parents from Castleford Academy Trust, which runs the school, said Little Oasis had been given notice to vacate the building by November 17. But it was still open this week after the date was extended, the Express understands.

The letter said the decision to close the building was not a criticism of the service offered by Little Oasis.

It said: “There is a significant need to improve the infrastructure of the building to meet minimum fire safety requirements. Repair of the building to ensure the future safety of the children is not feasible. The school have worked tirelessly and it was an extremely difficult decision to close the building, but the health and safety of all our children and staff is paramount.”

The decision to close the building was taken after a company called Ford Risk Management carried out an assessment of the whole school site. Another letter to parents said the school needed some “remedial works” to bring it up to fire safety requirements.

But the nursery building could not be brought up to standard. Marium Haque, Wakefield Council’s service director for education and inclusion, said: “We are aware of the closure and are in contact with Little Oasis Nursery.

“We are supporting the parents and children who have been affected by providing information about other nurseries in the area which currently have vacancies.”

Little Oasis Nursery had not responded to a request for a comment when the Express went to print.