PARENTS, staff, and children at a Solihull day nursery owned by Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club, have been left reeling after its shock closure this week.
Staff at Bumble Bees Day Nursery, in Sharmans Cross Road, were told not to come into work after Tuesday (October 27), as the news was announced the Bees had gone into voluntary liquidation.
Members put the club into voluntary liquidation on Tuesday, and the Championship club now have until November 23 to prove that they can survive. The club can continue to play thanks to a ‘continuation licence’ handed to them on Wednesday by The Rugby Football Union (RFU).
But that’s small comfort to the 10 staff who have been made redundant, 33 youngsters, and many angry parents who have been left in the lurch.
One of the parents, who did not want to be named, contacted the Solihull News. She said: “I arrived on Tuesday at about 5pm to pick up my daughter, and all the staff were there. They had been told not to come in to work again, and we were told that the nursery was closed. It was very emotional – it’s a fantastic nursery, and people need to be aware that this has happened through no fault of the staff. We have got to find alternative nurseries now, although Solihull Council have been fantastic. They have been very helpful, and had already compiled a list of nurseries that had available places when I called them on Wednesday.”
The mum, who has a three-year- old daughter, added: “The club have handled it very badly. The nursery could have been saved as far as I am aware – it was contributing to the club profits, and if it had been a stand alone business it would have been profitable.”
The manager of Bumble Bees, Jill Radburn, said: “The nursery ceased trading because of the voluntary liquidation of the club. There was an effort to buy the nursery but it wasn’t practical in the short space of time available. It’s a very sad event.”
Solihull Council’s Children and Young People’s Trust said: “Following the sudden closure of Bumble Bees Day Nursery Solihull Council is offering affected parents advice and support on childcare.
“The Family Information Service is on hand to advise parents on the vacancies available with local childcare providers. Call 0800 389 8667, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.solihull.gov.uk/familyinfo . Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club could not be contacted for comment.