Chesterfield childcare provider '˜to close down' - giving parents THREE DAYS notice

A Chesterfield nursery and childcare provider has closed down - leaving parents only three days to make alternative arrangements.

Saturday, 29th April 2017, 10:22 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:53 pm

Heath Childcare Ltd on Slack Lane informed parents of the devastating news on Friday via a message on their Facebook site.

The nursery - which works closely with Heath Primary - provides breakfast, after school and holiday care for the school’s children.

It also has a baby unit which cares for children from six weeks to three years.

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A statement, which was posted on the nursery’s Facebook page at 7pm yesterday evening, said: “Unfortunately, due to the current financial position of Heath Childcare we will not be open for business on Tuesday 2nd May.

“We apologise for the short notice given and for the inconvenience this will cause but due to legal reasons the staff cannot go into more detail at this time.

“We will try to keep all parents informed with any news when we know anything further.”

One parent, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “I can honestly say I don’t know what I am going to do - and others are in the same boat.

“People will end up losing jobs over this, possibly including me.

“I have tried every childminder in the area this morning but no one covers Heath Primary School.

“The attached childcare is the only reason we sent our daughter to that school - and the only reason we have stayed in the area.

“I don’t wish to uproot her schooling as she is settled.”

The parent added she hoped that the school might have provided an emergency breakfast club - even if it was only for a week or two.

However, she said all they had received was a letter directing parents to Chesterfield Borough Council’s register of local childcare providers.

The Derbyshire Times has so far been unable to contact the nursery’s management for further comment.