Ormskirk’s ‘Outstanding’ Moorgate Nursery School continues to offer high quality education for Ormskirk’s children and their families.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with headteacher, Nicola McDonagh, to put to rest any confusion over the future of the Nursery School and Munchkins Childcare. This follows Lancashire County Council’s decision to close the adjoining Children’s Centre and move their services to the library.

MP Rosie and Mrs McDonagh discussed how this does not affect the availability of nursery education provided by Moorgate Nursery school and childcare places provided by Munchkins Childcare.

Moorgate Nursery has been providing education in Ormskirk since 1946 and will continue with this provision in to the future.

Following her most recent visit to the nursery, MP Rosie Cooper said:

“Moorgate Nursery School provides ‘Outstanding’ learning and development for local children.

“Following my visit I wanted to address this confusion about its future.

“Finding excellent nursery provision that is right for their child is one of the most difficult decisions parents face.

“This year Moorgate Nursery School has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors. I congratulate them on achieving their outstanding rating for the fourth consecutive inspection.

“It is important to use and protect the only local authority maintained nursery school that we have here in Ormskirk, to ensure local children and their families continue to benefit from attending Moorgate Nursery School.

“Having visited Moorgate Nursery School on several occasions as the MP, I have witnessed for myself how much the children enjoy their time there.

“I know the headteacher has ambitious plans for the future of the nursery school to keep it growing and developing for the benefit of its children, families and the community.

“I would encourage parents who were unsure after hearing rumours about the future of Moorgate Nursery School to get in touch with the headteacher Nicola McDonagh to discuss the provision and availability of places.”

Nicola McDonagh, headteacher of Moorgate Nursery School and Munchkins Childcare said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome Rosie Cooper to visit us again here at Moorgate.

“I want to reassure parents that Moorgate Nursery School is continuing to provide a safe, fun and stimulating learning environment for our children.

“Our ambition is for the children attending the nursery and childcare to attain the best start in life.

“I am happy to speak to any parents currently considering Nursery education for their children about the ‘Outstanding’ service we can offer here at Moorgate Nursery School.”

Moorgate Nursery School is open 38 weeks of the year, providing Nursery School education places for children from the age of 3 to 4.”

It provides morning (9am to 12pm) and afternoon (1pm -; 4pm) nursery sessions up to five days a week.

Parents are able to use their free 15 hours a week of government funded education, to access places. The school offers flexibility in the uptake of places, to support parent and family needs.

Through their Munchkins childcare, which is open for 50 weeks per year, from 7.30am to 6pm, Moorgate Nursery school is able to provide childcare places and wrap around care for children from the age of 2 to 8 years.

The curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (2012 and 2014) providing the following Prime Areas:
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Communication and Language
• Physical development

Specific areas are:
• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding of the World.
• Expressive Arts and Design.

For more information visit or twitter @Head4Moorgate and Facebook.

Headteacher, Nicola McDonagh can be contacted on 01695 573470.


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