Recommendations to consult on the establishment of nursery provision at three schools across the city will be considered by Cardiff Council Executive next week.
The proposals are to:
- establish Millbank Primary School at one form of entry with nursery provision thus extending the age range of the school from four to 11 to three to 11
- establish nursery provision at Ysgol Pen Y Groes thus extending the age range of the school from four to 11 to three to 11
- establish nursery provision at Ysgol Pen y Pîl thus extending the age range of the school from four to 11 to three to 11
The Council has been reviewing the role of nursery schools as part of its vision of viable and successful schools and wherever possible, is seeking to create all-through primary schools catering for children aged three to 11. In these instances this can be achieved by opening nursery units attached to existing primary schools.
The proposal to create nursery provision at Millbank Primary forms part of wider schools organisation proposals to reorganise primary provision in Caerau and will create additional Early Years education places in the area, bringing Millbank in line with other all-through primary phase arrangements and reducing existing pressure on oversubscribed maintained nursery settings in the area.
The proposal would be implemented from September 2014 with 24 full time equivalent, or 48 part time, nursery places operating for two sessions a day.
Ysgol Pen Y Groes in Pentwyn was permanently established in 2009 and since then there has been the commitment to consult on the establishment of a Welsh-medium nursery unit at the school. Demand for provision continues to grow and there is need for a long term solution to accommodate the growth.
The proposal is to establish a nursery unit as part of the primary school from September 2012 at the earliest with 24 full time equivalent places or 48 part time places, operating for two sessions a day.
Ysgol Pen y Pîl was established as a starter class in 2007 and permanently established in the premises of the former Trowbridge Infant School in January 2011. The establishment of a nursery at the school will help meet local demand for high quality, Welsh-medium nursery education.
The proposal is to establish 24 full time equivalent, or 48 part time nursery places, operating for two sessions a day from September 2012.
Executive Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Cllr Freda Salway, said: “These proposals will allow the Council to continue creating all-through primary schools across the city to provide continuity and consistency in primary phase education.
“The proposals have been developed to meet demand for both English-medium and Welsh-medium primary places with high quality nursery education.”