Little Stars was a great success

Parents upset at the closure of the Little Stars Nursery
Parents upset at the closure of the Little Stars Nursery

I would like to put the record straight regarding the closure of Little Stars Nursery, Jean Road, Kettering.

The nursery closed its doors for the final time on July 23, nearly 10 years after it had opened.

Rumours have gone around saying we were a failing nursery.

The nursery was closed by the governors and headteacher of the Grange Community School because they want to use the building for their own nursery and reception class, allowing their existing rooms to be adapted for Key Stage 1 to help lift overall the standard of education within the school as it moved to academy status on August 1.

Was it right to close us to save themselves?

We were in profit, they were failing.

Twelve people lost their jobs.

Little Stars Nursery had an Ofsted inspection on Friday, June 28, and received a “Good” report even though the nursery was stripped bare and many staff had already left.

It was intimated that had the nursery been in full working order we may have been able to obtain an “outstanding” Ofsted.

Financially we have been in profit this year and were in the process of taking on more staff as we were full to the capacity of the staff with a waiting list of children wanting to attend.

We had been assured all the way through that we would continue trading and our jobs were safe as the school went to academy status.

On April 30 we were informed that the nursery would be closing at the end of term and on May 16 we were informed officially that we would be made redundant.

Little Stars Nursery had more than £94,000 contingency money. In this economic climate, a nursery with that much money was not failing.

How can a few people decide to make 12 redundant?

Comments were also received stating that we, as a neighbourhood nursery, were not serving this neighbourhood, but I wish to disagree strongly with that as many of our children came from this estate.

Not only for the funded three-year-old children but the funded two-year-old children too.

Although the three-year-olds can transfer to the school, there is nowhere local for the two- year-olds to go.

We were serving this community. Of the 28 children who moved on to “big” school this July only three are going to Grange School.

We cannot be a feeder nursery if the parents choose to take their children to other schools.

I would like to thank my staff and our parents for their continued support to the end and I would also like to thank former chairman of governors Peter Lord and former headteacher Sue Poolman, both of whom were responsible for the setting up of the nursery, and other governors who have been a great support for myself and my staff over this difficult period.

Ask yourself these questions.

Was it right to close a nursery that is good and that could have been outstanding just because the school wanted some more rooms?

Was it right to take £94,000 into school funds when we started out with lottery funding?

Will changing rooms improve their Ofsted reports?

Grange School has been in and out of special measures for a few years.

A possible outstanding nursery has been closed to try to save a failing school.

The head said to me that “if the nursery failed nothing happens, if the school fails I lose my job”.

Did that justify closing a good nursery, losing 12 good staff and using our money to save the school?

I can’t save the nursery now but I can put the record straight.

Julia Davidson

Former manager

Little Stars Nursery

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A return to wrong Victorian values

So apparently a rich judge reckons the bedroom tax on the disabled is fair, and Nick Clegg’s answer is that there’s millions of people who need social housing and the bedroom tax is the only way to get these people into these houses.

Funny that only a matter of a few weeks ago housing associations were telling the Government that they had loads of three, four and five-bedroom houses they just couldn’t give away, the reason being the Governments insane housing policy.

The policy means three people can live in a one-bedroom flat and four in a two-bedroom house, and we’re not talking babies we’re talking 12-year-olds, almost the dreaded teens living in the same room as each other.

But even worse than that, it is almost four adults living on top of each other.

I remember reading about this type of thing in history, it was classed as the improvements in housing in Victorian times.

And what’s one of this Governments favorite sayings, “we should return to Victorian values”.

They are trying just that but as for reducing the social housing list, it won’t do much at all to clear it, but it will increase the number of homeless and I’m sure Mr Clegg will be proud of himself as he passes shanty towns.

Adrian Lake-Muller

Kettering

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Vet’s suspension is ridiculous

How ridiculous that veterinary nurse Sally-Ann Roberts was suspended for taking home to care for a cat which was due to be euthanised.

She may well have erred in fabricating a story to cover for her actions but surely vets, like doctors, are in their professions to save lives, not take them unnecessarily when help is there to be taken.

This nurse shows what should be fundamental in the care of those vulnerable, that being compassionate and loving, and should be commended for such and not prosecuted.

If more compassion was evident, our world would not be in the mess it is today.

Joyce Butters

By email

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Dismayed over wind power plan

So yet more turbines are planned for the countryside outside Kettering.

I was dismayed to read the planned extension to the wind farm at Burton Latimer is likely to become a reality early next year as a further seven turbines are added to the existing 10.

It’s a great shame – we must preserve our countryside, not build these useless monstrosities on them.

It would not be so bad if these wind farms were of any use, but they are not.

How many other industrial developments are projected in order to work unpredictably for only 30 per cent of the time, for that is all these turbines will do.

That’s for 120 days of the year and I keep asking, what do you do for power on the other 245 days? I never get an answer.

Even then you only get full power when the wind is at near gale strength.

Lighter winds than that decrease the output dramatically, higher than that they have to switch them off.

Derek Clark

UKIP MEP for Northamoptonshire

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Welcome for new superfast speeds

The coming rollout of superfast broadband across the county is welcome news for people living in the villages of Weldon and Gretton.

The recent deployment plans published by Northamptonshire County Council show that both villages are due to go live in 2015, making use of funding ringfenced by central Government in last year’s budget.

At present the majority of Gretton and some streets in Weldon suffer from extremely low broadband speeds.

The new service will make a huge difference to families and businesses located in these areas and the 2015 rollout really cannot come quick enough.

It is great that both central Government and the county council are taking steps to improve the lives of people living in rural areas.

Rob McKellar

Corby Councillor for Weldon and Gretton

Travel to broaden minds of young

The authoroities should let parents take their children on holiday during school time when prices are cheaper.

When they take such holidays the children should write a composition about their week or fortnight away and what the places have to offer, about the architecture and landscape, the history and modern buildings to show they have really learned something.

Jack Rickard

By email

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Wellingborough’s great generosity

On Friday, July 5, The Phoenix Children’s Foundation raised £110 from our charity street collection in Wellingborough.

Of this £11 was for expenses.

Thanks to the generosity of the people of Wellingborough.

Matt Hemmings

Phoenix Children’s Foundation

Foreign currency can help children

I would urge holidaymakers this summer to donate their leftover currency to UNICEF, onboard easyJet’s aircraft, and help save children’s lives.

Don’t allow your euros to linger at home after your holiday, put them to good use.

Catherine Cottrell

Deputy executive director of fundraising for NICEF UK