Parents fight to save Balby nursery from closure

Parents are fighting to save a popular nursery in Balby from closure.

A decision has been taken to shut the Warren Nursery on Tickhill Road in just eight weeks time after the NHS Trust, that runs it, revealed they could no longer safely staff it.

A recent "inadequate" Ofsted report has added to the staffing problems and the nursery's been relying, instead, on temporary bank staff.

A thousand signature petition is now demanding a rethink. Chris Dunne, one of the parents now having to find alternative child care, said: "It doesn't just affect staff, it doesn't just affect children. It affects the community. Not only does it put a burden on other settings to accommodate these children, but some of these children's parents might not be able to work anymore. There is a clear need for this nursery."

 

Kathryn Singh, the Chief Executive of the Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust (RDaSH) which runs the nursery, said: “We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to parents and carers by the forthcoming closure of our Warren Nursery and Hutch Play Scheme.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision for the Board of Directors to make and was made in the best interests of the children who use the service. We cannot continue to run the nursery without enough permanent staff and at the moment we are currently relying heavily on temporary bank staff.  Sadly, the recent rating of inadequate by OFSTED has not helped us to recruit permanent staff.
 
“We are allowing eight weeks before we close the nursery and play scheme to give adequate time for parents and carers to source alternative childcare and we are working with Doncaster Council to make parents aware of other nurseries in Doncaster with vacancies.
 
“We are also offering support to all staff at the nursery to look for suitable alternative employment within RDaSH.”

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