18 staff at risk of losing their jobs as Minster child care center closes – The Isle Of Thanet News

The crèche and extracurricular club closes at the end of this month

Eighteen staff are at risk of losing their jobs with the closure of Minster Daycare at the end of this month.

The crèche, which also offers an after-school club, was founded in 1991 and has been providing care for around three decades.

But sadly it will close on September 30 with staff expected to work until then not knowing if there will be funds available to pay them.

The crèche, on chemin Molineux next to the primary school, is registered with the Charity Commission. In accounts filed in May this year for the period to July 2021, it is stated: “Over recent periods the crèche has seen an increase in the number of children entering, but the impact of Covid- 19 caused that during the year ended July 31, 2021, the levels of children allowed to enter the crèche were limited.

Accounts show revenue fell to £286.88k for the year, from £361.39k the previous year. The charity also spent £341,000, a shortfall of around £54,000.

In a statement filed with the charity commission, it is revealed that the nursery had hoped to return to full capacity, again opening three rooms with new jobs. He had also hoped to develop holiday clubs.

Parents expressed their displeasure with the closure and their condolences for the kind and caring staff.

Last month ITV reported that the total number of childcare providers in England fell by around 4,000 between March 2021 and March 2022, the biggest drop since 2016, according to Ofsted figures .

In June, Early Years Alliance chief executive Neil Leitch warned that the “sector (is) in crisis”.

He said: “We have been crying for so long that things need to change, that the sector is in crisis, that we need to act now to ensure that we are able to continue to provide the best possible care and education for our children. and families, and yet so little seems to change.

The Minster Nursery Committee said: ‘Since Covid the number of children in both nursery and after-school club has declined, despite much publicity and public relations work we have struggled to bring back numbers to what they were before. the two blocks.

“With rising bills and rising cost of living, combined with falling incomes that we have been trying to combat in recent months; but we have come to the end of the road. We are unable to continue financially with the nursery as a charity.

“Despite the best efforts of the staff and management team, we had no choice but to close the doors to avoid further debt.

“The support and kind words we have received since sending the initial notification to parents have been overwhelming.”

Manager Dawn Todd said: ‘The staff have worked tirelessly to make the nursery a success and as you can imagine it is heartbreaking for all of us to be in this situation.

Board Chairman Tamsin McCann added: “We continue to explore options to find someone to take on the nursery as a business as there is still a need for a nursery in the area. .”

Minster Day Nursery and Out of School Club will close its doors, as-is, for the last time on September 30.

Dora W. Clawson