Parents fight to keep nursery open

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A popular children’s nursery is set to close - but parents have vowed to fight to keep it open.

Staff, children and parents at The Honeypot Nursery, in Moodiesburn, were given the shocking news that it would shut by the end of June because of financial difficulties.

It’s run by the charitable group, The Spark Initiative.

Parents have started a petition and Facebook page in a bid to save the nursery.

Liz Wishart, whose son Sam attends Honeypot, said: “Everyone is devastated. It’s such a wonderful resource and you know when the children go in they will be safe and loved. It’s really having an impact on the kids.

“We’re not prepared to just walk away. We really need to speak to the council.”

Parents say that other nurseries in the area are full.

Parents are due to meet tomorrow (Tuesday) to discuss the closure.

Aileen Donaghey, manager at Honeypot Nursery said: “We are absolutely devastated, for ourselves, but more importantly for the children and their families.

“The nursery is a very valuable resource and we’ve built relationships with parents.” It’s more than just a nursery that the community is losing. There’s no where else in the area that offers all day care.”

Dr Ian Brown, chairman of the Spark Initiative, said: “As a charity our income does not match the expenditure. The expense of running the nursery with the number of staff required, against the number of children - the fees submitted don’t match up.”

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