Joe has written to Ayrshire College to raise concerns about their decision to close the Kilwinning campus nursery in January 2016.
Commenting on the decision Councillor Cullinane said;
“Without access to childcare many students wouldn’t be able to go to College and further their education. This decision is therefore very worrying.”
“I have already been approached by parents, who use the College nursery, who are concerned that its closure, midway through the College year, may mean that they are unable to complete their course.”
“The Kilwinning campus nursery is an award winning nursery and only last year the College proudly declared that it was in the top 5 in Scotland after being shortlisted for a prestigious award. This was all down to the excellent work of the nursery’s staff who will now be concerned for their jobs.”
“The Kilwinning nursery isn’t the only one that Ayrshire College plan to close, the nursery at their Ayr campus is also planned to close but not until next summer. This at least offers the current students stability, knowing that childcare will be available to allow them to complete their course. That’s why I have written to the College and asked that they revisit their decision and commit to the Kilwinning campus nursery continuing until at least the end of the College year. This will reassure students as well as providing the College and North Ayrshire Council more time to find a suitable solution to ensure that future students continue to have access to affordable childcare.”
“If the College won’t keep the nursery operating until the summer then they must ensure that their current students aren’t prevented from completing their course due to the cost of childcare. I understand that the College will cover student’s childcare costs but I have been told that some local nurseries are asking students for an upfront deposit of up to £600. This shouldn’t be allowed to become a barrier to students finishing their course and I have therefore urged the College to ensure that they cover any upfront costs.”