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‘Outstanding’ nursery forced out of its home

Parents’ dismay over Monty’s eviction

24 February, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

Hargrave Hall, where Monty’s Montessori nursery is based

AN Archway nursery is desperately searching for another home after learning they can no longer operate in Hargrave Hall.

Monty’s Montessori nursery, which is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, caters for 30 children.

It was opened 10 years ago by Carole Montana, who was last year nominated for a Black British Business Award for her work with the private nursery.

Hargrave Hall Community Association, which manages the hall on behalf of Islington Council, has said that Monty’s, as a private business, “does not meet with its plans for the future” and will not be renewing its lease.

The move has dismayed parents in the area.

Anna Christofis, who has had two children at Monty’s in the past, said: “I just can’t understand why the council would allow a place like this to close, especially high-quality provision like this. They should be bending over backwards to keep it.

“They are saying it’s a private service, but it is an essential service for the community, and they offer free places.

“It really deserves it’s ‘outstanding’ rating. Carole and her team are so passionate and the children love it. This will affect every parent and child who uses the nursery.”

Monty’s staff have been searching far and wide for venues but have had no luck so far.

Centre manager Alwyn McLennan said: “Hargrave Hall is a community centre with charity status. It has been decided the centre needs to allow more community activities accessible to all to use the centre. Monty’s has always been a good tenant. I hope it can find new premises.”

Islington Council said: “Our community centres are important resources and we are working to open them up to provide activities for a broad range of residents and community groups.”

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