Parents’ plea for nurseries to remain under council control

Pareents protest outside civic offices against the proposed closure of Russell St Nursery'''Wk5 MPMC
Pareents protest outside civic offices against the proposed closure of Russell St Nursery'''Wk5 MPMC

MEMBERS of a parents association have welcomed assurances nurseries will not close but expressed concerns over plans to put them in private hands.

Councillor Andrew Geary, the leader the Milton Keynes Council, allayed parents’ worries last week by stating nurseries would not be closing but explained some would no longer remain under council control.

Members of Russell Street Day Nursery Parents Association said it was good news but that they would prefer nurseries remained under the jursidiction of the council.

Concerns have centred on potential staffing issues that may arise in the future.

Parents have been exploring options for future nursery provision themselves and secured funding towards renovation of the nursery site, or relocation within Stony Stratford.

Cliff Brett, chairman of the RSDNPA, said: “Russell Street Day Nursery is already in the difficult position that MK Council’s systematic failure over the past decade to maintain the building in Stony Stratford had forced the temporary closure of the site in December 2010.

“We look forward following these comments to partnering with Councillor Geary and other officers within MK Council to fully explore all options to ensure that the OFSTED rated Outstanding care given by nursery staff continues within Stony Stratford.”