Staff face redundancy due to nursery closure

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Twelve staff are set to be axed with the closure of a Sheffield children’s centre.

Trade union Unison has revealed a dozen workers at the nursery, run by Birley Community College, have been given notice of redundancy.

The nursery is the first to be closed due to recent changes in how they are funded, but others, including at Tinsley, are worried their future could be at risk.

Sheffield Council no longer pays for childcare services – but replacement Government funding does not kick-in fully until the autumn.

Rod Padley, organiser for trade union Unison at Sheffield Council, said: “The council lied when they said they would not be closing any children’s centres.

“Steve Robinson, headteacher of the school, which runs the children’s centre, is in consultation with the staff about closure.”

The Star understands the closure relates to the ‘paid-for childcare’ side of the children’s centre and is due to a deficit in the school’s budget.

Four parents are seeking a judicial review of the council’s decision to stop funding nursery places before the alternative payments begin.