Parents scramble as creche closure looms

by Emma Nolan

PARENTS have expressed their anger as up to 100 children could be left without childcare in Drumcondra following the announcement that the Nest Creche is to close.
They were initially advised that the creche would be closing on June 2, leaving them with limited childcare options in the area.
However, the date has been pushed back to August to allow time for alternative arrangements.
The closure could see the 100 enrolled children left without a creche in a move that will also affect the facility’s 27 staff.
It is believed the creche’s site has been bought by the Lidl supermarket chain.
The Irish Times reported that local parent Annette Nugent, who has two children in the creche, said: “People are now frantically trying to source alternative childcare, while the staff are shell-shocked.”
Lidl bosses have said that they were unaware of the short notice given to parents, and said they would be seeking to extend the deadline to allow more time for parents to seek other arrangements.
Fine Gael TD for the area Noel Rock called the situation “disgraceful”, adding: “This news is both shocking and devastating for young, local families who are currently using this much needed facility for their children.”
Cllr Noeleen Reilly (SF) said parents were given an “unrealistic” timeframe to find alternative creches. She said: “There is already a shortage of childcare places in the area.”

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