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Parents unhappy with announced closure of St Peter’s Early Years at Farndon

A pre-school closed its doors on Thursday because of a decline in the numbers using it.

St Peter’s Early Years at Farndon announced that it would be closing permanently at the end of term.

In a letter given to parents, the pre-school said there were multiple reasons for the closure, including a steady decline in children attending due to the coronavirus pandemic and low birth rates in the area.

St Peter’s Early Years at Farndon (49498926)
St Peter’s Early Years at Farndon (49498926)

However, parents frustrated by the closure are trying to find a way to save it.

They are planning a meeting on Wednesday to share ideas and make a plan.

Mum-of-six Julia Cafferkey has four children attending St Peter’s with another set to start in September.

She said: “It will affect my family a lot. I live across the road it is easy access.

“The ladies who work there are like our family. They love their jobs and love the children. There is a issue with the roof but with a little help is not unfixable.

“We just need to drum up more support and with a little help and support I think we can save this nursery.”

Mum-of-two Victoria Johnson has a daughter in reception at the Farndon school and a son who has been at St Peter’s Early Years for over a year, but will have to take him to a pre-school elsewhere if St Peter’s closes.

She said: “I would have to get a bus there and back because I have to drop my daughter off at school. It’s very difficult for parents who cannot drive”

However, because of the timetabling of the buses, Victoria would be unable to take both her daughter to school and her son to pre-school on time if they were in different villages.

The pre-school marked its last day today with a picnic for past and present attendees so everyone could say goodbye.

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