Sheffield nursery saved from closure in the nick of time

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PARENTS and children are celebrating after a Sheffield nursery was saved from closure.

About 40 families were faced with nowhere for their toddlers to go after Little Green House in Low Edges announced it was to shut mid-term, due to changes in how nurseries are funded.

But the Gresley Road centre, operated by children’s charity Barnardo’s, has performed a dramatic U-turn after an outcry from parents.

Bosses said they are restructuring services to make them more financially viable, while parents are set to play a bigger role in the centre’s future with a new committee.

The news has been welcomed by parents and carers in an area where alternative nurseries are over-subscribed.

Julie Wagland, aged 31, moved house to be near the nursery, which is attended by her two-year-old son Billy, who is battling leukaemia.

She said: “It is absolutely brilliant news. I think it’s because parents have been badgering Barnardo’s and we wrote to all the local MPs for support.

“Parents have a big part to play in where we go from here, but at the minute we are just happy.

“It means I don’t need to take Billy three miles away and I can be near him when he is unwell.”

On what should have been Little Green House’s last day of operation, a celebration was held for parents and youngsters who were successful in their mission to save it.

A spokeswoman for Barnardo’s said: “Over the past few weeks, Barnardo’s has listened to the concerns of families who use the nursery and looked closely at the local need.

“We are pleased to have found a way forward that will allow us to keep the Gresley Road nursery open.”

The nursery is one of dozens around Sheffield which were left with uncertainty due to an end in council grants.

Alternative government funding us based on numbers of youngsters enrolled and some nurseries were worried they would not be able to cope with the change.