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Concern over changes to after school club in Knowle

CONCERNED parents say a decision by Knowle CofE Primary Academy to start its own ‘after school club’ in place of one that has been running for 19 years could affect the standard of child care.

CONCERNED parents say a decision by Knowle CofE Primary Academy to start its own ‘after school club’ in place of one that has been running for 19 years could affect the standard of child care.

The primary school, on Kixley Lane, confirmed this week it will start running its own facility, from September, for parents who need child care before and after school hours.

The current facility, Early Birds Nursery and Kids Club, which runs from the school site, was given notice in September last year and all staff given the chance to apply for jobs at the new venture - the school has said.

But over 60 users of Early Birds have signed a petition, asking for all of the existing staff at the facility to be automatically transferred over to the new business.

One parent, who asked not to be named, said they were concerned about new members of staff being brought in to look after their child.

“The current staff at Early Birds are absolutely amazing.

“They are experienced and professional and know our children. I have concerns that this standard will be lost when new staff are brought in.

“Early Birds is an excellent facility and has been running for a long time. All we are asking is that these wonderful staff are given precedence.”

A statement from Knowle Church of England Academy said: “The school will be running its own before and after school clubs from September 2013. In doing so, we will be able to offer extra places for all those children who want to attend, but currently cannot due to restrictions in numbers.

“These plans have been in place for many months, the current proprietor was given notice in September 2012, and all existing staff have been offered the opportunity to apply for jobs available in the new venture.”

 

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