York & North Yorkshire

Cherry Tree Nursery in York shut by council

A council-funded all-day nursery for 82 pre-school children is to close because it is running at a loss.

The Cherry Tree Nursery, at Hob Moor in York, offered care on a commercial basis, but was staffed by 13 council employees.

Now officials at the City of York Council have decided the nursery should close because it is "no longer financially viable".

Council officers are proposing to close the facility on 31 August.

In a statement, the council said it had considered a range of options designed to keep the nursery going, but none had proved viable.

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The statement said: "We very much regret the impact it will have on the staff, and it is no reflection on their loyal service over many years.

"We also regret the inconvenience and anxiety that this decision may cause for parents who use the nursery.

"We will do everything we can to minimise the impact of this decision on both staff and parents and to work with families to ensure they have appropriate childcare arrangements in place for the new academic year."

A council spokesman added that all children who will be four by 31 August would be able to move into primary school reception classes in September.

For children who will be three by that date, places would be available at Hob Moor Primary School's own nursery in term time.

"This is the first time this option has been available to all four year olds in York in September, and is the reason the management committee picked the 31 August closure date," the spokesman said.

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