Welsh medium nursery finds new home in Newport community centre
10:02am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
THE only registered Welsh medium nursery for ages two and above in Newport is celebrating after finding a new home in St Julian's, after their plight featured in the Argus.
Cylch Meithrin y Delyn, which employs three staff and is managed by volunteers, had to leave Malpas Court Primary School at the end of July, to make way for alternative nursery provision.
The Argus reported in April how Newport council was unaware that Cylch Meithrin y Delyn, which was started by Welsh-speaking parents two years ago, was already using a classroom at Malpas Court.
It was the second time in as many years that the nursery was forced to move, after leaving Ysgol Gymraeg Ifor Hael in Bettws because teachers needed more space due to rising pupil numbers.
Now the Welsh language nursery, which is registered for 24 children aged two to school age, holds sessions at Orchard Lane Community Centre, in St Julian's, on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and every weekday afternoon until 2.45pm.
The St Julians Senior Citizens group, which runs the community centre, read about the nursery's plight in the Argus, explained management committee member Kate Newman.
"There was a nursery there previously but they have moved on themselves, and they were looking for somebody to come in," said Mrs Newman, 36, who has been volunteering for the nursery since 2011 while working full-time elsewhere.
"We are the only non-maintained Welsh nursery for rising three's in Newport so we have people coming from all over. We were in a classroom before so now we have to pack up at the end of every session, which is a lot of extra work, but we are happy where we are. This is a more stable situation for us."
Joan Pike, chairwoman of St Julians Senior Citizens group and the community centre management committee, said she spotted the story about Cylch Meithrin y Delyn in the Argus shortly before receiving a call from the council to say the group were looking for a premises.
"They started last monday and they have got the garden and a small allotment for the children," said Mrs Pike.
The charitable group, part of Mudiad Meithrin, had to re-register with the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) in record time over the summer holidays.
A morning session costs £6 and an afternoon session is £9. The group still picks up very young children from Ysgol Gymraeg Ifor Hael for afternoon sessions.
Comments are closed on this article.