Parents have been left furious after their children’s nursery was suddenly closed.
Families say they received calls from Daisy Chain Nursery in Cleveleys at the end of last week to inform them it would be closing.
A sign in the nursery’s window yesterday said it had “closed down” due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
But parents say they have been told the closure is due to staff shortage.
Highfield Day Nursery in South Shore, part of the same chain, closed down in September 2011 due to debts and cash flow problems.
Elizabeth Dutton, 27, from Layton, was called on Friday to pick up her two-year-old daughter Tiana early due to a staff shortage.
She said: “Due to child to staff ratios the manager said she was going to have to close for health and safety reasons – there were only three staff there.
“I’m so angry and upset.”
A 27-year-old parent, who pays £17.50 a day for his child to attend the nursery, said: “I’m totally disgusted, nothing has been mentioned to us in the last few weeks.
“We were asked to pay fees at least one week in advance – we have paid for something we are not going to receive.”
The news comes as Ofsted published a report on Friday labelling the nursery, on Clarence Avenue, ‘inadequate’ after an inspection in March found failings in key areas.
Service provider Steve Barratt told The Gazette the reason for the closure was “the manager was asked to leave her post immediately on Friday afternoon, and took it on herself to ring Ofsted to tell them this, and staff would not be in ratio.
“The manager did not contact any bank staff for cover.
“So Ofsted would not allow the nursery to open Monday.”
Inspectors find failings in teaching and learning
The Ofsted report stated:
– Staff lack sufficient knowledge of how to assess children
– Staff do not have sufficient knowledge and skills, owing to weak systems for professional development
– Insufficient information is gathered about children’s learning at home
– Quality of teaching is inconsistent
However, inspectors said “children feel comfortable with the adults who care for them”