CHILDREN starting school earlier have been blamed for the closure of one of Sudbury’s pre-school nurseries.
The First Steps Nursery, which is based in the same building as the soft play centre The Giggle Factory, in Addison Road, closed on Friday with eight staff losing their jobs.
Nursery manager Donna Watson said: “There is a lot of disappointment about it, but numbers of children have been going down.
“It’s because of the fact that children are starting school earlier in Sudbury and there just isn’t the demand. We just didn’t have enough children.
“We closed on Friday, but all the staff have got other jobs to go to. I am not sure what will happen to the space, that’s still to be decided.”
Under reforms, and promised full-time funding by the Government which came into affect this year, children have the chance to start primary school at the age of four.
Previously children started in full-time education in the term they turned five years old.
Ms Watson said that the change in education provision in Suffolk meant children were starting school rather than attending nursery. She said the nursery had been there as First Steps for around six years.
The nursery is registered with the county council as having provision for a maximum of 32 children.
She said the company’s Giggle Factory was still open for business as usual and was doing well.
She added “We are busy and open and not affected by the nursery closure.”