SHOCKED PARENTS found out that their children’s nursery had closed ... by text message.
There were angry scenes outside Manor Cribs private day nursery on Monday as mums and dads who hadn’t received the eleventh-hour communication arrived at the nursery to place their children for the day only to find the doors locked, lights turned off.
The office phone has been plaintively ringing out unanswered ever since.
A curt notice pinned to the window states: ‘Please note the nursery is no longer trading. Please make alternative arrangements.’
Messages left by the post with Manor Cribs have not been responded to as yet and no statement has been released yet from the operators about it’s future.
The owners have also had no communication (to date) with Wigan Council.
And mystery surrounds the long term future of the nursery amid rumours that the owners are now trying to sell the business as a going concern.
In publicity material on behalf of the nursery, Manor claim that their ‘new management and new team with professional and current qualifications’ boasted ‘highly experienced individuals’ bringing ‘special skills’ to the nursery.
Ward independent coun Norman Bradbury said that stunned parents had contacted him after turning up to find the doors locked and the premises empty.
He said that parents were now “very concerned” about their private financial details and information about their youngsters which was inside the now closed nursery, in Bolton Old Road, Atherton.
He said: “Parents have been left absolutely blazing about this and how they have been treated.
“It certainly must be absolutely devastating in terms of disruption for the mums and dads.
“Only this weekend they had put a notice up saying that they were going to open on Saturdays and then on the Monday they are shut. It is almost unbelievable.
“The first I heard about it was when I called in at the new playschool on Dorset Road just to see how things were going and the staff there told me that Manor Crib had closed down and parents were wanting to know if they could bring their children there.
“I don’t know the specific number of children they had but I believe it was quite a few.
“In the past the manager had been over asking for advice about how they could improve their standards.”
A spokesman for the council said: “Although it’s not a council facility, a member of our staff has been available to assist parents with alternative provision.
“We have had no confirmation yet that the site is closed.”
l THE council are advising all parents affected by the closure to call its contact centre for advise on childcare, nurseries and child-minding on 01942 828644.