Peter Pan pre-school, which meets at the Scout Centre in Rushden, closed its doors for the last time after a farewell party on Monday, July 16.
Children enjoyed party food and a Punch and Judy show. They also sang songs to parents and carers before being presented with a leaving gift.
In a joint statement Lin Reynolds and Claire Craft, from the pre-school, explained the reasons behind the closure.
“The pre-school has an outstanding OFSTED grading and has provided care and education to local children for 37 years. “The group started at St Peter’s church in Midland Road in 1973 and moved to the Scout Centre in 1975.
“This year, numbers of children have dropped so significantly that staff have taken the difficult decision to close the group, which provides sessional care for three and four-year-olds. Parents are increasingly looking for provision for younger children and for longer periods of time: staff feel that they cannot combine appropriate facilities for this kind of care successfully with the existing provision.
“The final year of the pre-school has been successful and enjoyable. Children and staff have celebrated the Diamond Jubilee, taken part in a Mini Beast hunt at Irchester Park with the ranger and had their own mini Olympics complete with torch relay and closing ceremony.”