PARENTS are struggling to find nursery placements for their toddlers after a Southwick nursery gave them just three days notice it was going to close.
“There is a massive shortage of pre-schools in the area and I have to sort it out otherwise I could lose my job,” said Patrusha Dey.
A parent of two young children, Mrs Dey discovered on Monday that her local nursery, Little Socks, in Upper Kingston Lane, Southwick, is to close today (Thursday).
“I wasn’t told by a member of staff,” said Mrs Dey. “I walked passed a parent who was panicking and she told me it was shutting,” said the 38-year-old.
Another parent Holly-Marie Wareham, 29, said her three-year-old daughter Maisie was hearing-impaired and suffered with anxiety.
“It has come as a shock,” she said. “I’m having to find somewhere close by at the moment but my daughter won’t have any of it. Finding a new place is going to be tricky.”
The nursery closed for 14 weeks last summer following the death of its previous owner, Alita Knott.
Once new management took over, Little Socks reopened its doors and many parents returned their children.
Mrs Wareham said: “We stayed loyal and to be told they will be closed again is disgusting.
“The directors of the company won’t speak to us, they will only email.”
Parent Leisha Stevenson said her child was due to start primary school in September and the last few months of nursery were the ‘most important time for him’.
“When I turned up on Monday, I thought ‘not again,’ said the 43-year-old.
“We had lost a full term of pre-school last year but we wanted to stay loyal.
“We’ve got mums running around frantically. I’m fuming.”
Parents have now rallied together to try to keep the nursery up and running.
Mrs Stevenson said: “I called Ofsted and said that the nursery has not given our children a duty of care and they said they don’t need to.” Parents have also been on to MP Tim Loughton and West Sussex County Council.
Mrs Dey said: “I don’t know what we’re going to do. I just won’t the pre-school to be saved.”
The Herald contacted Little Socks staff but they declined to comment.