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Harrow pre-school to close down after more than 14 years

A well-known pre-school in Harrow, Little Learners, will be closing its doors after more than 14 years of service. In a letter sent to parents, Nursery Director Nira Shah announced the decision, expressing deep regret.

The closure is scheduled for the end of the Summer Term of 2024. Despite efforts to negotiate and find alternative premises, the nursery was unable to secure a new location.

Concerns have been raised to Harrow Online about the potential negative effects of the nursery’s closure on many children, highlighting the impact it may have on their education.

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In the letter, Shah wrote, “It is with great sadness that we write this letter to you; a letter that we hoped we would never have to write. Unfortunately, our landlord is not renewing our hire agreement beyond Summer Term 2024. We did try in vain to get them to change their decision, however they had already decided to give the building to another user without any discussion with us (as yet we are not aware who this might be).”

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Shah also extended gratitude to parents, guardians, and staff, stating, “We would like to thank all parents and guardians who have supported the nursery throughout its life. During our combined 20 year association with the industry, we believe we always brought out the best in all the children and provided an excellent grounding for the boys and girls who have passed through our doors.”

Speaking to Harrow Online, Shah said, “We are saddened that we are being forced to close after 14.5 years at the end of Summer Term 2024 as our landlord, Trinity Church, is refusing to extend our hire agreement beyond July 2024. We have tried extensively to try and find alternative premises and unfortunately we have not been able to find a suitable alternative site that might work.

“Our aim over the last 14.5 years has been to serve the local community and to provide low-cost places for children who might otherwise be unable to attend nursery due to the cost involved.”

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Harrow Online approached Trinity Church for comment but did not receive a response before publication, it is unclear why the hire agreement will not be extended.

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