First Cornish language pre-school to open

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A not for profit organisation is seeking funding to open the first full-time Cornish language nursery school in the United Kingdom next year.


Skol Veythrin Karenza (SVK), a Cornish/English language pre-school movement set up by the organisation Movyans Skolyow Meythrin (MSM), is hoping to raise £4,800 through crowd funding to cover some of the additional costs of setting-up the nursery.

When open in September, the 20-place Ofsted registered nursery in West Cornwall will provide care for pre-school aged children from 8:30am-5pm five days a week. According to MSM, it will be the first full-time Cornish language nursery in the country.

So far Movyans Skolyow Meythrin, which translated into English means nursery school movement, has raised £1,486 through ‘Crowdfund Cornwall, with 14 days left to reach their target.

Crowdfunding is the collective efforts of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the internet, to support the efforts of other people or organisations.

The nursery, which will be based at Cornwall College’s crèche at its campus in Camborne- West England, will build upon the Cornish language sessions already run by MSM four times at week at the same location.

The sessions, funded by the Cornish language Partnership, were launched in 2010 by the organiser and director of MSM, Rhisiart Tal-e-bot, a teacher from Wales.

Mr Tal-e-bot told Nursery World that they have recruited students from the college who have completed at least a Level 3 to work at the setting.

He added, ‘The nursery school will expand upon our increasingly popular Cornish language sessions at the college.

‘We hope that the nursery will become more of a Cornish language centre where adults and childcare can come to learn the language.

‘If it’s successful, in the future we plan on opening another setting somewhere else in the county.’

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