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Parents anger as Larbert after school club told to close

Colin Fawkes and daughters Emily (6) and Olivia (9) who are affected by the announcement GO Kids after school club at Kinnaird Primary is to close in August

Colin Fawkes and daughters Emily (6) and Olivia (9) who are affected by the announcement GO Kids after school club at Kinnaird Primary is to close in August

 

Parents were stunned by the news an after-school club is to close because the space is needed for an extra classroom.

GO Kids has been told that, from August, they will no longer be able to use the community room at Kinnaird Primary in Larbert because it is needed for classroom space.

Stephanie Taylor, Go Kids assistant project manager, said Falkirk Council suggested the charity site a portable cabin in the school grounds, but that isn’t an option.

She said: “We are a non-profit organisation. When I looked into getting a cabin we realised there is no way we have the funds, so it look like the end of the road. We are devastated.”

The charity, which also operates at St Margaret’s, Comely Park and Victoria Primaries, said they were told they could not use the dining room, which they had used while the community room was being upgraded, for health and safety reasons.

Colin Fawkes is chairman of the Kinnaird Primary Parent Council and daughters Olivia (9) and Emily (6) use the service. He said: “Go Kids was a huge draw for us and one of the reasons we moved to the Kinnaird Primary catchment area. Eighty eight children use Go Kids and there is already a shortage of childminders in the area - what are parents who work supposed to do?

MSP Michael Matheson visited Olivia’s class this week and assured the nine-year-old he would look into the matter.

A spokesperson for Falkirk Council said the council had given the charity support for several years at its different venues but was not aware it had taken this step. It is arranging to meet with them to discuss the matter further.

 

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