Popular nursery closes its door after 17 years

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Children, staff and parents paid a fond farewell to a nursery which has sadly closed its doors after 17 years.

The community was left devastated when they were told that Honeypot Nursery in Moodiesburn would shut because of financial difficulties.

Parents started a campaign against the closure. However, a Facebook protest group, a petition, public meetings and a plea for financial aid from the council sadly fell on deaf ears and the nursery closed on the last day of term.

On Sunday, a thanksgiving service and a fun day was held at Auchengeich Miners Social Club to celebrate 17 years of care at the nursery for 77 youngsters aged between two and five.

Mum Liz Wishart, whose son Sam attended Honeypot, said: “We wanted to hold a thanksgiving event and to make a presentation to the staff for all their hard work.

“It’s very sad. There are 10 staff and only three of them so far have been able to get another job.

“Moodiesburn desperately needs this facility for our children. The nursery has closed but I know some parents have said they are going to try to start up a community nursery themselves in the area so all hope may not be lost.”

The council has promised places at alternative nurseries for the children but working parents say this will not provide the full day care for their children that they enjoyed at Honeypot.

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