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Nursery provision to close

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 13, 2013

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THE debate over the future of Moorlands Day Services comes at a time Staffordshire County Council has announced that the nursery provision at Leek and Rural Children's Centre will end in November.

The service had been set to transfer to a private provider called Tiny Toez, but an agreement has been unable to be reached.

The county council is now working with other nurseries, child minders and schools in the area to offer alternative childcare for all those affected.

Robbie Marshall, cabinet member for health and wellbeing on Staffordshire County Council, said: "It is with regret, that after examining the options, we found that there were no suitable alternatives as the nursery is not sustainable in its current form long term. As a result, we have taken the difficult decision to end the nursery provision at Leek and Rural Children's Centre, Beresford.

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"We have a commitment to these children and we will offer parents every support possible to ensure a suitable alternative place is found.

"I would like to reassure families that this does not mean the closure of the Children's Centre in Beresford and that all other services will continue to operate as normal.

"We made a decision 18 months ago that Staffordshire County Council would no longer provide childcare and after consultation, decided to transfer the nursery care to two providers, Stafford Kids Club and Tiny Toez.

"Unfortunately, in the current economic climate, Tiny Toez's owners felt that nursery care in Beresford was not commercially viable and decided not to proceed."

County councillor for Leek South, Charlotte Atkins, has described the decision as 'unbelievable'.

She said: "When the county council closed Leek Day Nursery last year we were told places would be available at Beresford.

The services are just being downgraded.

"We lost Leek Day Nursery, which was excellent, especially for children with special needs. Now it looks like another quality nursery is closing.

"Private companies are not interested if there is not a good profit. Early learning is vital to the future of a child's education. By closing nursery's they are cutting off a child's best chance in life for success.

"It is simply dismantling nursery education in Leek and leaving parents in the lurch."


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