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Ashby bilingual nursery set for New Year opening after council grant

A bilingual nursery is to open in Ashby-de-la-Zouch after receiving £25,000 in support from North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC).

The Bilingual Pre-School and Nursery will take children aged from six months to five years, and offers a rare opportunity for parents to have their children introduced to Spanish at a young age.

It is being built on land within the grounds of Woodcote County Primary School in Ashby, and the £25,000 grant from the council’s Enterprising North West Leicestershire grant scheme has helped make the dreams of entrepreneurial trio of sisters Kerry, Stacey and Rachel Barsby become a reality.

The nursery will cater for up to 36 children at a time and create eight new jobs. Pending confirmation of their Ofsted registration, the intention is to open the nursery Monday 8 January, 2018.

After feedback from local parents, the sisters are also planning to run parent and toddler group sessions on Fridays.

While the council’s Enterprising North West Leicestershire scheme has now closed, the Business Focus team currently offers grants of between £500 and £25,000 through its Enterprising Town Centres programme. This supports small and medium sized business based in the district’s town centres, in an effort to help them invest, grow and create new local employment.

Kerry Barsby said: “This is an exclusive project to allow local children to learn Spanish before they start school, and we already have several families signed up to join us in January. Children will not simply have Spanish lessons - they will be spoken to both in English and Spanish, and be totally immersed through play.”

“Our dream has always been to launch a bilingual day nursery and change our local communities’ approach to language learning, having graduated with first class degrees in modern foreign languages.”

“We would like to extend our gratitude to NWLDC for their support and their generous grant to help towards costs of the innovative project.”

Councillor Tony Gillard, Portfolio Holder for Business at NWLDC, said: “We are committed to supporting independent town centre businesses so that they can invest, grow and create new local employment.

“This new nursery is a great example of the kind of business we want to encourage, and we’re delighted that our grant has been able to make their plans a reality.

"Small independent businesses within our town centres of Ashby, Castle Donington, Coalville, Ibstock, Kegworth and Measham are all candidates for support. Simply visit our website for more information.”

To find out more about NWLDC’s grant schemes and business support, visit www.nwleics.gov.uk/business alternatively you can contact the Business Focus team on 01530 454822.

Anyone looking to register their interest or to find out more information about the nursery should email admin@bilingualdaynurseryashby.co.uk or contact the sisters via the nursery Facebook page.

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