It's a sunny outlook for Rainbow Nursery
A NURSERY on the brink of closure has been saved by a charity.
Hull Community and Voluntary Service (CVS) saved the Rainbow Nursery in Salisbury Street.
The nursery, which is now being run by the newly formed, not-for-profit organisation Rainbow Nursery Hull Ltd, says it now wants to reassure parents it is here to stay and ready to welcome back children.
Manager Louise Holland said: "We got to the point where if we didn't get sold, we wouldn't know if we would still be here.
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"Some parents needed to know for definite what was happening so, unfortunately, we did lose some children.
"We had such a good reputation with the Avenues community, but because of everything that happened with our last ownership, we need to build that reputation up again.
"We've always been full to the brim but now we have about 60 per cent of our available capacity."
The nursery was formally run by the Big Blue Nursery Group.
But Hull CVS set up Rainbow Nursery Hull Ltd in order to take it over at the end of the summer.
Rainbow Nursery Hull Ltd's project manager Jenny Jenkinson said: "We heard the group was in trouble and that the nursery in Hull was very good.
"We made an approach in 2011 but that wasn't successful.
"Then in summer this year, when the two other nurseries in the area had closed, we approached them again.
"This purchase has meant we were able to save 26 staff."
Shortly after Rainbow Nursery Hull Ltd took over, The Deep donated soft play equipment.
The aquarium was renovating its children's area, so donated its old foam toys and soft climbing steps.
Ms Holland said the fact the nursery has been saved is great news for families in the Avenues.
She said: "We're very much a community nursery so the thought of it closing meant a lot to people.
"Our parents are obviously very happy that hasn't happened – it has given them more security.
"We now just need to get the message out, so people know we're staying."
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