A Govan nursery which faced closure due to losing out on Glasgow City Council’s tendering process for childcare places has announced that it will stay open following talks with the Council and an agreement to fund 30 places.   The Little Branches nursery closed for summer on Friday, but said that it would not reopen because it could not afford to, following the Council’s decision to fund only 16 free places, a reduction of 20, which made the nursery financially unviable.

The evening Times reported on Friday that funding decisions had left hundreds of parents across the city angry– Clarence House Nursery, in Glasgow’s west end was awarded no funded places after coming fourth in the recent procurement process for partnership nurseries.

According to the Council, “the cuts were due to the nurseries not meeting the required standard in assessments.”  The number of spaces available in the city will not reduce and children can go to alternative nurseries which scored higher in Care Inspectorate tests or those which are Council run and have space.

Sources:  Evening Times 20/6/14, 19/6/14