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The alarming number of Norfolk nurseries closing down

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Published by Grace Mcgachy at 5:25am 14th September 2018.

It's a hard lesson for Norfolk parents with young children.

Over one in seven nurseries shut in our county since 2015.

There's a warning of a funding crisis and campaigners say urgent action is needed for schools.





The figures come out after parents in King's Lynn were left devastated when Fairstead Nursery closed its doors this year.

Katie Bennett's children went to the school and she spoke to KLFM after the announcement.

She said:

"I do think it's sad that everything boils down to money rather than what is best for our children.

I think this is a massive issue and there is a massive issue with waiting lists as well.

So I think this all needs looking at."


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Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-School Learning Alliance said:

"There has never been any such thing as free childcare. It’s subsidised childcare.

Early Years funding is frozen until 2020, and while our costs go up, we’re just told to make it work.

Smaller nurseries, for example in rural areas where they operate out of a village hall, are having to close because they just don’t get the economies of scale that the larger ones do."

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