Cherry Tree Nursery in Hob Moor is closing in August – putting 13 jobs at risk – because managers say it is “no longer financially viable”.
Well, that’s sad, but it’s a recession, after all, and businesses go to the wall every day, so…
The nursery was established eight years ago as part of Hob Moor Primary School and was unique in being a commercial venture but staffed by employees of City of York Council.
But parents have complained they did not know of the planned closures until the story appeared in The Press and say they do not have enough time to find their children other nursery places.
Well, well, well. Communication issues? So unlike local government…
Can we get any background to their takeover?
In a letter to the nursery management committee and the City of York Council, mum Elizabeth Matfin, said: “I am at a loss to understand why the nursery has been deemed as financially unviable. Presumably the council own the building. There are many privately owned nurseries around the city that are able to easily make a profit. Most charge similar fees.“Further, there has been substantial investment in the nursery over recent months. New carpets, toys and uniforms for the staff are among some of the changes that have been implemented, “What does the council intend to do with the lovely, purpose-built building? Is it to simply stand empty?
“It is all very well to say that we shall get support to find an alternative provider, but there is little choice in this area and obviously competition for any places will now be high. Most nurseries have waiting lists for places. Where does this leave all of us parents currently working who may end up without childcare come September?”
Local government takes over business, spend like drunken sailors as though they were still in local government with its ever-filling coffers of taxpayer money, and it all turns to straw rather than gold.
What about that other major local government problem, failure to join the dots and forecast problems? Does that factor in too?
Coun Ruth Potter, City of York Council’s lead member for education, children and young people, said a recent change in the age of when reception year children could start school meant there was no longer enough children to use the nursery.
Thought so. And so closing it down, rather than scaling it back, was the obvious option?
Paul Murphy, assistant director, Adults, Children and Education Services, said: “It was certainly our intention that parents and carers would receive a letter from the council about the consultation before hearing the information from elsewhere.
“Despite our best efforts, we understand that some families did not receive their letters straight away and we apologise for any confusion or distress this may have caused.”
But no-one will lose their job in the higher echelons of the council, naturally! Just the front-line workers, the grunts in the council army…
The comments, as always, are illuminating:
petethefeet, York says…You can get an impression of the ‘types’ that get employed by the comments from assistant director Paul Murphy. The staff were informed on the Monday but were told to say nothing as a sensitive letter would be going out to parents. I, i.e. a grandparent, first read about the closure on this site late on Wednesday evening. The letter arrived in the post on Thursday. By the very fact that the kids are at nursery means that nopbody will have seen that until Thursday evening and the letter invited them to a meeting, at the school, at 19:00 that Thursday evening. At that meeting, it was stated that many of the letters were late in going out because “they had run out of stamps!”