Shock at sudden nursery closure

Staff, parents and children gather at Busi Bodies Children's Nursery on its last day to say farewell to the setting.
Staff, parents and children gather at Busi Bodies Children's Nursery on its last day to say farewell to the setting.

Staff and parents of children at a day nursery in Skegness have been left reeling after the business closed with less than a week’s notice.

Busi Bodies Children’s Nursery, in Heath Road, had its last day on Friday.

Staff and parents of pre-school children at the setting, formerly known as Squirrels Days Nursery, say they only found out on the Monday of that week that the 16-year-old business would be closing.

Busi Bodies Children’s Nursery is one of four nurseries that fall under the same umbrella.

Notice that the Skegness setting was to close came, staff and parents say, in the form of two letters from ‘nurseries co-ordinator’ Carol Haller.

These letters - one for staff, another for parents and carers - have been seen by The Standard and see Mrs Haller express ‘great sorrow’ at the nursery’s closure.

She writes of concern over the business’ ‘economic viability’, saying that the nursery is ‘no longer able to support itself’.

Liz Court, 56, was manager at the setting from start to finish.

She described the news as ‘devastating’ and ‘absolutely dreadful’.

She said: “It has shocked everybody.”

Mrs Court said the business had 12 members of staff, including one who was in labour on maternity leave when the announcement was made on Monday, and 41 children on its books.

“We have become a big family here and it’s just been shattered,” she said.

In addition to the emotional heartache, parents have been left with a practical challenge.

Mrs Court said: “They are struggling to get the children into other settings and some of the parents have been unsuccessful.”

Stacey Dickinson, 27, from Skegness, is among the parents who have been able to find a place at another nursery, but remained concerned over the upheaval her 18-month-old daughter was facing.

She said: “It’s going to be a big transition for her.”

The Standard was unable to contact Mrs Haller ahead of going to press.