Surprise, disappointment as successful nursery shuts doors

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Closure time line

Editor – Re: Racing Start Nursery and Fun Club closure.

In response to your article, I am sending you this information to show the relocation time line.

l 2010: January – Established the need to re-locate due to the deterioration of the building, informed Birth to Five Service, LCC.

l May – Asked LCC for help with funding a new setting.

l June – Informed by LCC money was frozen due to the coalition government and no money being available.

l June – Started to develop project with my funds.

l September – Submitted planning permission for a refurbished mobile unit in the centre of Market Rasen (Rase Park), following positive feasibility study.

l November – Permission turned down unexpectedly.

I then contacted the Birth to Five Services and LCC for help again. I was told help would be given to relocate – practical and financial – due to the quality of the setting.

Also, if the nursery closed, it would put Market Rasen in the red area for childcare.

In January 2011, LCC started to work in partnership on the project to help with the relocation of Racing Start Nursery. LCC looked at three sites at De Aston School – first a six-year-old modular building to re-site, then a new modular building.

In November, a site on De Aston field was looked at and I was told planning permission was to be submitted, plans had been drawn up and all was going well – first a modular building, then plans for a brick building.

In December this project was aborted as it was not feasible.

In January of this year LCC looked at the county council building in King Street for change of use and refurbishment, then at a new modular building at Market Rasen Race Course.

Staff and parents then asked LCC to re-look at the King Street building as this would be economical and easy to convert into a nursery.

No suitable premises have been found, the present site is not fit for purpose, and so it is with regret and great sadness I have no option but to close Racing Start Nursery on July 19.

Nicola East

Racing Start Nursery and Fun Club, Market Rasen

Sad for children

Editor – I would like to express my sheer regret and sadness that the Racing Start Day Nursery is having to close its doors on July 19.

And that the council has been unwilling to help support the nursery in its relocation – what is Market Rasen coming to?

I am a single working mum of a five-year-old boy and found it very difficult to actually find a nursery that will offer my son a happy, safe and loving environment for him to settle into.

Contrary to Meredith Teasdale’s report of the varied childcare options, I feel the child is the most important judge of whom they are most happy and settled with, alongside the parent.

There is only one other nursery open during the school holidays and my son will not be going there, and I am not willing to place him into another childcare provider as the adjustment would be too disruptive and stressful for both him and me.

There may be 108 day care places, 57 childminders, 188 pre-school and 198 after-school places and 152 holiday clubs, but why should we have to lose a perfectly outstanding nursery which our children are extremely happy and settled into?

They know and trust the outstanding and caring staff who go above and beyond their duty.

Nicky East has an amazing team and all credit to her.

Market Rasen needs to have more choices and to let parents and children have the opportunity to choose for themselves.

It is difficult enough to go back to full-time work and leave your child in another care setting, and all this is making me stressful thinking of what to do for my son.

I feel there is not enough encouragement for single mums to go back to work if the facilities and trusted support isn’t there any more.

Mrs S J Potts

Market Rasen

Feeling let down

Editor – I am writing in response to the article in last week’s paper about the closure of Racing Start Day Nursery.

Yes, indeed, all parents, staff and, most importantly, the children do feel let down by the county council and their efforts to find a relocation for this setting.

Racing Start was going to close well over a year ago until the county council came on board to help the nursery to find somewhere suitable, as they felt such a setting didn’t deserve to close.

But they now say they can no longer help.

What a let down.

I know a property on King Street that would be ideal was looked into and is actually owned by the council.

The manager of Racing Start, who cannot be praised enough, is willing to pay the rent and to refurbish the building, so I feel unsure as to why this option was taken off the table.

I currently have two children who attend the nursery as I work full-time.

Last week’s article looked very good with all its numbers of other children, but what the article failed to print was that Market Rasen and Middle Rasen is only going to be left with one setting that opens during school holidays.

My son will soon be in his final year before attending school next September, so I don’t feel a childminder is appropriate for him and his needs to get him ready for school.

I have now been left with only one option and that is to give up work.

I am sure this matter could and should be looked into more as I feel the people of Market Rasen need and deserve a choice in where to settle their children into a setting and not be left with one pre-school setting open in the holidays.

Racing Start Day Nursery has a fantastic team of staff who work to a very high standard and would bloom if it was to relocate.

So surely there is something else that can be done to help the nursery move into the town.

Mrs Gilliott

Market Rasen

Free advert?

Editor – I am writing regarding the press release in the Rasen Mail (June 6) to say how disgusted I am by the fact no parents have a choice any more as to where they want to send their children to nursery and that the paper used the misfortune of Racing Start’s closure to advertise another nursery and give them free advertisement.

Nikki Drayton