A brand-new preschool is to open in Peasedown St John in April thanks to a new partnership.

The Learning Tree Day Nursery, who already have a positive track record of running excellent quality nursery and preschool facilities, have entered into a long-term agreement with St John’s Church to run a brand-new preschool in the Church Hall.

The nursery and preschool specialists already run a nursery in Eckweek Road, Peasedown, and a nursery in Chilcompton.

Jessica Baxter, Owner and Director of the Learning Tree Day Nursery, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be opening a third site in our network of nursery and pre-school hubs – and we couldn’t ask for a better place than in Peasedown St John.

“We’re hugely grateful to Revd Matthew Street and his team for providing the space for this new preschool. There is a growing demand for nursery and pre-school provision in our area, and the Learning Tree Day Nursery is pleased to be in a position to provide this.”

The new pre-school will be hosting an Open Day on Saturday, April 13, from 10am to 12pm at its new home – St John’s Church Hall, Church Road, Peasedown St John, BA2 8AA.

Changes announced by the government last year mean that from April working families will be able to receive more support with their childcare costs.

Eligible families will be entitled to 570 hours of free childcare each year, and these entitlements will then be expanded in phases. By September 2025, most working families with children under the age of 5 will be entitled to 1,140 hours of funded childcare support each year.

Revd Matthew Street, the Vicar of St John’s Church, added: “We’re delighted to have been able to provide a site for the Learning Tree Day Nursery’s new preschool.

The Church Hall has, in the past, been a home for a previous early-years provider, so we have a long history here at St John’s of providing educational facilities for our children and young people.

With St John’s already running our ‘Little Ones’ group during the week and ‘Bubble Church’ once a month, the church has become a site of preschool excellence locally and in the wider area.

We’re looking forward to working with Jess and her team to ensure families and children receive the very best opportunities available to them.”

For more details about Peasedown’s new preschool pop along to the Open Day on Saturday 13th April or visit www.thelearningtreedaynursery.com