A COMMUNITY near Truro that has come together to set up a village pre-school is now appealing for staff and funding from businesses to help secure its future.
When the previous pre-school ceased operating at the end of the summer, mums and residents got together to form Cubert Pre-School.
With hopes of reopening this January, the Cubert Pre-School committee also hoped the "integral community asset" would be based at the previous site – Cubert Primary School – and provide first-time education for children aged 2 to 4.
Cubert Community Primary School has said it cannot comment on the plans at this time as it has not yet seen a business plan.
The committee is now looking for a manager and deputy manager and two pre-school assistants and is also appealing for funding from local businesses.
Lisa Adams, chairman of Cubert Pre-School committee, said: "The pre-school is a really important and integral part of our community.
"Once things start to fold in a small village it's like a pack of cards, and that really concerns me. It's fantastic for the children because it means a natural and harmonious transition from pre-school to school, rather than something horrifying.
"It also feeds the school, which is a wonderful place.
"It will be a lovely working environment and a really exciting opportunity."
The first term will be funded solely by the committee until it receives government funding around Easter time, so it is sending out a desperate plea to local businesses for support.
She added: "We would be grateful for anything, whether it's funding or equipment. We're doing lots of fundraising ourselves too.
"Please help us to secure the future of this integral community asset."
The pre-school will open for two sessions per day – from 9am until noon and then from noon until 3pm – but it is hoped this will be extended in the second term from 7.45am until 5.45pm.
Job applications must be received by Monday, with interviews scheduled for November 30.
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The committee will hold a fundraising table-top sale on Saturday at Crantock Village Hall between 10.30am and 1pm, and a Christmas fair at the Anvil in Cubert on December 15 from 2pm to 5pm.