Sutton nursery to close for final time leaving parents facing childcare headache

NMAC12-1963-1''Parents and youngsters pictured outside the Sutton Nursery Centre on Monday Pictured from the left are; Carla Johnson and her son Jack, Kerry Sanders and her daughter Ruby. Natalie Fleet and her son Reuben and Sarah and Craig Stones and son Zander
NMAC12-1963-1''Parents and youngsters pictured outside the Sutton Nursery Centre on Monday Pictured from the left are; Carla Johnson and her son Jack, Kerry Sanders and her daughter Ruby. Natalie Fleet and her son Reuben and Sarah and Craig Stones and son Zander
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A SUTTON nursery is set to close its doors for a final time this week, forcing dozens of families to make alternative childcare arrangements.

Sunshine and Rainbows Childcare, based at the Sutton Central Sure Start children’s centre on Westbourne View, is closing on Friday because it is losing money.

The daycare service received an outstanding rating in its last Ofsted inspection in 2010, and parents say they have been left upset and inconvenienced by the decision to shut it.

Mum-of-three Natalie Fleet (28), from Sutton, said her youngest child Reuben has been attending the nursery since he was nine months old.

She said the quality of the care offered meant that she did not mind putting him in the nursery so she could go to work, adding that parents are ‘really disappointed’ at the closure.

“The standard of care at the Sure Start nursery was in a whole different league from other local facilities.

“I am very fortunate that my child starts school in September so the closure won’t affect me,” she said.

Sunshine and Rainbows - used by around 40 local families - has been run by County Health Partnerships, which works closely with Nottinghamshire County Council to deliver the childcare.

While Sutton Central Children’s Centre is not closing and according to the county council ‘will continue to deliver community and family support services to families in Sutton’, the closure of Sunshine and Rainbows means there will be no daycare for babies and toddlers at that location.

Parents also told Chad there will also no longer be any breakfast or after-school provision like there has been until now.

Sutton resident Carla Johnson (28) has had to move her children Jack (2) and Alfie (1) to nursery at King’s Mill Hospital before going back to Huthwaite for work, instead of dropping them off close to home.

“They do a wraparound service for the school and it is stopping that that has had the biggest impact. There’s people now who are struggling,” she said. “I do feel very, very sorry for the staff too because they have done a fantastic job.”

Sarah Stones said that the nursery has brought her son Zander (4) on ‘amazingly’.

She has had to make alternative childcare arrangements this summer because the holiday club is not running.

Justine Gibling, the county council’s group manager for early year’s services, said: “Over a number of years, Sunshine and Rainbows has been operating at a loss, which has been subsidised by Sure Start Children’s Centres revenue funding. The County Health Partnerships have been exploring the alternative methods of making this business financially viable without success. A consultation was undertaken with parents to inform them that due to the situation with Sunshine and Rainbows, and as all options to try and keep the provision open have been exhausted.”