Twelve jobs go as nursery shuts in Sunderland

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JOBS are being axed and parents left without childcare due to the closure of a Wearside nursery.

The Early Days Daycare Nursery is set to close at the end of term.

Governors from Ryhope Infant School, which runs the centre, sent a letter to parents last week announcing the decision to close the facility, which caters for pre -school children from birth.

The Echo understands the closure will lead to the loss of 12 jobs and childcare places for dozens of children.

Early Days was opened in 2006 as part of Ryhope Children’s Centre with Sure Start Grant Funding.

In the letter to parents, Chris Ray, headteacher at the Shaftesbury Avenue school, said: “Daycare provision is not a universal service and it is with regret that we have to inform you that from 31 July 2014, Early Days in it current form will no longer exist.

“Whilst we are no longer able to offer a full daycare service we would like to reassure all parents that we are still able to offer wraparound care for three and four-year-olds, breakfast club and after school care, for all children in school.”

The school held a meeting for shocked parents on Thursday, so, along with members of the local authority, staff could explain the situation fully.

Councillor Pat Smith, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for children’s services, said: “The council is aware that the governing body of Ryhope Infant School has taken the decision not to continue with Early Days at the school in its current form.

“We will continue to work with community partners including parents and the school, to find alternative child care provision and employment opportunities within Ryhope to replace it.”

In August, Ryhope Infant School will be celebrating its centenary.

Mrs Ray said: “The school’s partnership with the community has always been at the heart of its vision to improve life chances for all its children and families and it is proud of its many successes to date.”