Parents in shock over nursery closure

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Parents in shock over nursery closure

A nursery that has been open for more than 25 years looks set to close this July when it is evicted from its site at St Luke’s CE Primary School.

Parents with children at Munchkins Pre-school on Cookham Road, Maidenhead, were shocked to learn they will have to find a different nursery for their children in the next school year.

The pre-school, which was established in 1992, has been told that St Luke’s needs its building so it can expand to cater for children aged three years plus.

Parents were hoping to move their children straight to the new nursery at St Luke’s, but the new facilities are not due to open until the September 2017 intake.

Ian Henry, who has a son at Munchkins, said: “There has been no consideration for the children affected by this disruption and no transition plan was ever thought about.

“The current situation will cause major disruption for both parents and carers and children affected.

“My son has taken a long time to settle into the environment and become comfortable with the staff. He has made some good friends. Now it seems all of these are being needlessly taken away.”

Philippa Henley, who has two children at Munchkins, said: “We will have to find a new nursery in September and lot of them do not have space. I am devastated at the decision. The staff at Munchkins nursery have been so good to my children. It’s been a bit of a shock.”

A staff member at Munchkins confirmed the nursery will have to close unless an alternative site can be found.

Oliver Laurenson-Gore, St Luke's chairman of governors, said it had given Munchkins two years’ notice to vacate the building.

“Due to the unfortunate delays we are unable to open the early years provision from September 2016,” said Mr Laurenson-Gore,

“However the building will be in use for St Luke’s pupils – but not as a early years provision until September 2017.

“Throughout this process, the governing body have spoken with parents and the wider community.”

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