Fight to save Cliffe Childcare Centre in Lewes

Lewes MP Norman Baker has come out in support of Cliffe Childcare Centre, in order to try and forestall its imminent closure.

News came through to his office over the weekend that the centre has been in some financial difficulty and was set to close within a week.

The childcare centre was established in 2005 and provides childcare for many children throughout the working week. A total of 43 families will be hit by the closure and will inevitably struggle to find alternate arrangements at such short notice.There is already a shortage of childcare services in the area, and with the prospect of Cliffe Childcare closing, it is not certain that the surrounding centres will be able to take on the extra demand.

Efforts to save Cliffe Childcare are already under way. Mr Baker has written to the head of Children’s Services at East Sussex County Council, Matt Dunkley, urging him to intervene and consider all possible measures at the council’s disposal to try to save the nursery.

Mr Baker said: “The need to find a temporary solution is crucial. I am very concerned about the impact this will have on the many families who depend on Cliffe Childcare Centre, particularly working families who have to balance their job commitments alongside their children’s needs.

“The staff at the centre are highly regarded in the local community and their future is now in doubt. It would be a great shame to lose their talent and expertise that has helped so many young children.”