Proposals to close a nursery at the College of West Anglia have been withdrawn.

The Applewood Nursery is on the Tennyson Avenue site of the college’s King’s Lynn campus.

It had been announced that the facility was likely to be closing due to a lack of funding – but money has now been secured.

“I can confirm that we have secured sustainability funding from Norfolk County Council Early Years and Childcare team to enable the nursery to continue to operate and will also be working with this team to develop a sustainable business model to ensure the nursery is viable on a long-term basis,” said college principal David Pomfret (pictured).

“I really value our nursery and recognise its position as one of the best childcare providers in the area; the proposal to close was reluctantly made and based purely on financial viability.

“I also understand how valuable the service is to parents and, during the consultation period, I was able to hear and read first-hand just how passionately parents feel about the important role the nursery plays in the lives of our students, staff and local community, which is using it in increasing numbers,” he said.

The funding was made available after a bid to the county council’s early years funding panel.

Vice chairman of the children’s services committee at the council said the nursery was a ‘vital resource’.

“We want to ensure there are sufficient childcare places across the county so that children can benefit from good quality early education,” he said.