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Nursery jobs and childcare places offered in Great Yarmouth

05 December 2019

Dozens of jobs have been offered to staff affected by the Great Yarmouth Community Trust insolvency and scores of childcare places are due to be opened within days, following work by Norfolk County Council.

Staff from across council departments including Children’s Services, Finance, Procurement, Property and Human Resources, have pulled together to try and minimise the impact of the loss of the trust’s six Norfolk nurseries and Horatio House independent school, getting nursery and school provision back in place as soon as possible.

A total of 55 job offers have been made so far following employment sessions on Tuesday 3 December. And more than 80 parents attended drop-in sessions in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston on Wednesday 4 December.

Sarah Jones, Norfolk County Council’s Director of Commissioning, Partnerships and Resources for Children’s Services, said: “The employment sessions and parents’ drop-ins were very well attended.

“We understand it’s a difficult time for staff and families, which is why we have been working to get the nurseries and school open again as quickly as possible. Lots of people arrived feeling worried but by the time they left said they were feeling reassured and relieved.

“It was powerful to see the strong community amongst the families and how the nurseries and their staff are a key part of that community for both children and parents.”

A new company set up by Norfolk County Council to run the six Norfolk nurseries aims to re-open as many of the nurseries as possible next week. There are some final checks on buildings and other administrative processes to complete first and then the final decision on which nurseries will re-open and when is due to be made early next week (week commencing 9 December).

Parents will be contacted as soon as opening dates have been agreed and the dedicated web page at will be updated.

Once re-opened, it is anticipated parents will be able to access the same nursery provision hours for their children as they had before. Entitlements will not be affected, and any unused hours will be honoured.

The council has set up a second company to take on the running of Horatio House independent school. Discussions have taken place with Ofsted and the Department for Education and we aim to re-open the school on January 6. In the meantime, the council has been in contact with all the parents affected and is putting in place a home learning package, with a tutor assigned to each young person.

In addition, the Early Childhood and Family Service (ECFS) based at Seagulls Nursery in Gorleston has changed its programme to put on extra Christmas activities for children across Great Yarmouth.

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