A preschool has been saved from closure.

Parents were told last month that St Michael’s Preschool in Lyme Regis was closing on July 23 after it became ‘unviable to run’.

A letter stated that a deficit of £20,000 was projected for this year, which was likely to continue to increase and would be ‘too heavy a burden to maintain’.

However, headteacher Nick Kiddle and chairman of governors Michaela Ellis have announced that through consultation with Dorset Council, St Michael’s Preschool will be enrolling children for September.

In a letter to parents they said: “At our meeting held on July 16, we informed you that with great sadness and deep regret that St Michael’s Preschool was to close from Tuesday, July 23.

“Following this meeting and through consultation with Dorset Council, we are writing to advise you that we are revoking the intention to close the preschool immediately and that there will be provision for children from the start of term in September.

“During September and October, the governors will undertake a series of consultations about the proposed future of the preschool. There will be more information about these consultations on our return after the summer break.”