Moving to Milnthorpe in Kendal... advice welcome!!!

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Babycino81 Sat 06-May-17 18:32:13

Hello lovely Mumsnetters,

I'm after some much needed advice. I'm moving to Milnthorp in Kendal with a 3 year old (nearly 4) and 6 month old. It's a big move and I'm scared but excited and need some advice,

Nursery/preschool/school - any recommendations on Dean Gibson Primary School or nurseries nearby?
Any recommended baby/toddler activities that are local?
Are there any dance lesson recommendations for my 3 year old? She's been going for a few months and enjoys it so I'd like her to continue if possible.
In terms of jobs, my husband works in Edinburgh and looks like I'll struggle to get work in my field, what industries/work do people work in out of interest?

All/any advice welcome!!!


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Wetoopere Sat 06-May-17 18:50:07

Milnthorpe isn't in Kendal it's down the road a bit. You need to look at the school there, used to be a nice welcoming place but I'm not up to date on that.

What is your job now ? That may help us. How far are you prepared to commute? In time rather than miles as Cumbria can be awkward to get round!

Wetoopere Sat 06-May-17 18:50:36

There's a children's centre in milnthorpe too.

hatgirl Sat 06-May-17 21:00:00

Milnthorpe isn't in Kendal, it's a separate place altogether. It's about 15 - 20 minutes drive away from Kendal depending on traffic and well out of catchment for Dean Gibson. Have you looked at the primary school in Milnthorpe itself?

Have you perhaps got confused as Dean Gibson is just off the road called Milnthorpe Road in Kendal?

Babycino81 Sat 06-May-17 21:17:49

Apologies, moving to milnthorpe road! Still getting my head around all of this stuff! im a social worker by trade but have a slightly niche job now but any work I've been offered is based in Workington area so no good to me. I need to work approx 30 to 45 mins away maximum due to childcare responsibilities and not having anyone available to help. Thanks for replying everyone and any ideas/advice welcome!!!

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Wetoopere Sun 07-May-17 07:40:22

Look at Lancaster for work too, lots of SW stuff comes up in Cumbria so won't be long but the west coast is always struggling hence them offering it!

Helloall1 Sun 07-May-17 08:05:45


Where are you moving from? Congratulations, it's scary but exciting.

In terms of schools, I'd recommend making a short list and visiting all to get a feel, as ofsted ratings only give you a glimpse, as I'm sure you're already aware. When we were looking for our now six year old it was a 'low birth rate' and we could choose any, not depending on catchment areas. We lived right next to Heron Hill at the time but preferred a different school, which we love. Dean Gibson is a catholic school, but this isn't a stipulation for entry. I'm sure schools are still under subscribed now.

Check out; From the top dance, diddi dance, dance at Brewery Arts for local dance classes.

In terms of nurseries, again I'd visit as many as possible. You may prefer an independent one, or one attached to your preferred school.

There are current SW posts, have you checked the CCC job page? Workington is an awfully long drive down a windy road, I wouldn't commute that far. I'm in a similar work role, services are lacking here compared to what I'm used to, and pay less in my field but I've never struggled to find employment.

I presume you're on mat leave? I am, with my six month old. Loads of baby groups and activities available, I'm loving mat leave and have met so many new people, really struggled when first moved but feeling so settled now as I've forced myself to try lots of new things.

When do you get here?

More than happy to help, please feel free to message me for further info.

And, good luck x


KendalMintCakey Fri 15-Dec-17 18:19:40

do you mean Milnthorpe Rd in Kendal?

KendalMintCakey Fri 15-Dec-17 18:20:51

Dean Gibson's head was asked to take on the school by the Catholic Bishop. She travels daily from Blackpool. Did you opt for Deanie?

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