Nursery staff in Maddiston losing jobs

The Children and Families Centre in Maddiston is making three nursery workers redundant
The Children and Families Centre in Maddiston is making three nursery workers redundant

A family centre for lone parents is paying off all of its nursery staff leaving concerned mums in doubt over its future provision.

The Braes Children and Family Centre in Maddiston run by One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) is making three nursery assistants and an administration staff member redundant after having its annual budget cut.

The centre is a service which supports lone parent and struggling families and offers childcare sessions across the Braes area. But parents are now worried about what could be ahead.

Fiona Hutton’s two sons have attended the centre. Her family, from Wallacestone, requires help as her husband Mervyn suffers from multiple sclerosis and she now provides a caring role.

She said: “These ladies have between them 34 years of dedication and service to the family centre and they are an incredible team who make every child feel safe, happy and each parent valued.

“They have a bond with the children and the parents and that will now be broken. We weren’t even going to be told about this until during the summer holidays.

“Everyone feels it is shocking how the staff and parents have been treated.”

OPFS director Satwat Rehman said: “We are working with our partners including the council and other local voluntary organisations to try to ensure that parents and children continue to receive the services they need despite the tough financial times.

“We remain committed to delivering childcare in Falkirk whilst managing our budgets effectively to ensure we can deliver as much as possible within the budget we have.

“Obviously any changes to provision will be shared with parents at the earliest opportunity.”

Falkirk Council, which has cut £20,409 from the centre’s annual budget over two years, said it would continue to work with OPFS and fund it by £115,655 annually.