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Parents fight to save Yarmouth nursery

PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:06 30 June 2010

PARENTS are fighting to save a Great Yarmouth nursery that is a hub of fun and learning for 90 children but faces closure due to brutal Government spending cuts.

PARENTS are fighting to save a Great Yarmouth nursery that is a hub of fun and learning for 90 children but faces closure due to brutal Government spending cuts.

The College Day Nursery at Great Yarmouth College is a lifeline for working parents and students with children, but its future has been left in doubt after the government's Learning and Skills Council failed to fund planned developments at the college's Lichfield Road campus.

As a result, the college is considering making up the funding shortfall by selling the nursery building and surrounding land.

The decision has dismayed parents, many of whom fear their children will have to wave goodbye to their comfortable surroundings with friends and familiar staff and move to a different nursery where they may not know anyone.

The possible closure could also force some parents to quit their jobs to care for their children, especially as nursery places are at a premium.

The news was announced in a letter to parents from college principal Robin Parkinson, in which he said the college was looking for alternative ways to provide a nursery.

But the pledge failed to ease the fears of Bradwell mum Louise Ridge, who has been sending her daughter Imogen Trett, one, to the nursery for the last nine months for 23 hours each week.

The company secretary, who lives in Whinchat Way, said: “She absolutely loves it at the nursery. It does her

good to mix with all the other children. She likes the staff and has made friends here. She is very settled.”

Mrs Ridge, who works for Yarmouth firm BJ Services in Southtown Road, added: “If it did close, I would have to consider giving up work. My priority is Imogen and if I could not find anywhere where she would be happy, I may have to give up work.”

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