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Nursery Threatened With Closure Will Stay Open For Now

Blandford Nursery Protest

8:22am 11th November 2013
(Updated 11:03am 11th November 2013)

A bunch of campaigning Mum's have managed to save Blandford's only nursery from closing early.

Dorset County Council shocked the close knit community last month when they announced they were going to shut the Children's Nursery and a local club called Oscars next Spring (March 2014).

Angry parents argued they'd have nowhere to take their kids and met with Councillors to put forward their case.

After some lively debate and further investigation the Council's Cabinet agreed to keep both sites open until July and August. During that time they'll keep funding the sites and actively look for a private provider to take over the service.

Cabinet member for children's safeguarding and families Councillor Rebecca Knox said:

"The message from parents is clear that they have chosen the nurseries and out-of-school-club as their preferred type of childcare, as they meet their family's needs.

"We've listened to their concerns and, if needed, will continue running these services until the end of the school year to minimise the disruption for those children starting school in September and also help working parents who need childcare during the holidays.

"We want to give other providers enough time to take these establishments over and make sure that the transition for the children is seamless."

Blandford Mum Katherine Dandridge hopes someone will come forward to save the nursery;

"If the nursery doesn't get taken over after the Council stops running it in July and August, what are we going to do, that's a big question because there isn't another nursery in Blandford and all the staff will be made redundant."

"We like to remain hopeful and positive but until we know what the long term outcome is going to be it's always a bit worrying."

"It's definitely a positive update short term and it's nice to know the Council is listening to our concerns."

Katherine has thanked people in Blandford for their support and told us Mum' and Dad's there are going to continue fighting to find a solution that keeps the Children's Centre and Oscars open for years to come.

You can find out more about their campaign by clicking here.

And click the link below to see our original story.


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