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Fears over Musselburgh nursery funding

Tracey O'Connor, manager of Musselburgh Private Nursery,  with toddler Sophie Smith.

Tracey O'Connor, manager of Musselburgh Private Nursery, with toddler Sophie Smith.

Working parents in Musselburgh fear they will be among those hardest hit by council cuts in ‘partnership funding’ to private nurseries.

They are urging East Lothian Council to rethink its decision to cap the number of subsidised places it funds in partner nurseries.

Musselburgh Private Nursery, one of four partner providers in the town, will see the number of council-supported places it can offer capped at 25 for the new school year - 10 fewer than last year.

It claims the move will deny parents the flexibility they need to combine childcare with work, while the loss of revenue could also put nursery jobs at risk.

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General manager Tracey O’Connor (pictured) told the News: “Last year we provided 35 places and this year we have 37 families looking for places. The cap means that 12 of these families will either have to pay full price of find alternative provision at a state nursery.

“Unfortunatley, for many working parents state nursery is not an option as it does not provide the flexibility they need, which is why partnership funding is so important.”

Full story and more reaction in this week’s Musselburgh News, on sale now.

 

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