Parents given month’s notice as Thrapston nursery closes

Parents in Thrapston have been given just a few weeks to find alternative childcare after the town's Co-operative nursery announced it was closing its doors
Parents in Thrapston have been given just a few weeks to find alternative childcare after the town's Co-operative nursery announced it was closing its doors
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Parents in Thrapston have been given just a few weeks to find alternative childcare after the town’s Co-operative nursery announced it was closing its doors.

The Telegraph was contacted by a number of families saying they were concerned they had only until the end of August to make alternative arrangements.

Dad Mark Douglas said: “We have been given a month to seek alternative childcare which is not easy with no other nursery in town and just a handful of registered childminders, some of whom are already fully booked.

“Those with places are of course facing an influx of new inquiries as a consequence of the closure.”

The nursery, in Huntingdon Road, had an extensive refurbishment last year which the Co-op said cost about £125,000.

When the facility opened, the Co-op said it could cater for up to 79 children.

Mr Douglas said he felt the nursery had suffered from a lack of awareness among parents.

He added: “I am convinced that if the Co-op had sat down with parents, staff and any other interested parties two or three months ago we could have put forward some good ideas to potentially safeguard the long-term future of the nursery.

“Even some awareness of the situation might have alerted potential new owners to come forward.”

A spokesman for The Co-operative Childcare said: “Closing the Thrapston nursery is not a decision we have taken lightly. However, despite significant investment in a number of marketing activities and full refurbishment of the nursery to encourage an increased occupancy, we have regrettably concluded that the future of the setting is no longer viable.

“We are working hard with parents to enable the smoothest transition possible, helping to find alternative childcare arrangements, with the emphasis, as always, on ensuring the children are well cared for and supported through this period of change.”