Friday 22 February 2008 1.58pm
As highlighted in the news, there is real danger that the Arc will be forced to close.:
is seeking a purchaser for 39 Crosby Row
, home to the Arc nursery. The charity says that the nursery has been operating on a commercial basis for some time and therefore no longer fits naturally with its charitable mission.-
As a concerned parent it seems incredulous that a nursery with such an amazing reputation and huge waiting list cant be sustained and should be threatened with closure. Our daughter finds the 2 days a week she spends there exhilerating and educational.
If anyone has any ideas of how the charity could sustain running the nursery, or know of any potential buyers please let this forum know (or contact me by email)
The crisis meeting organised by Charterhouse for the parents, whilst a useful opportunity to air views didnt seem to result in any great plan of action.
It will be about Autumn that if the charity hasn't got any firm buyers that they will run out of money.
Suggestions have included:
1. Parents co-op to buy the building (unlikely)
2. Raise fees to sustain it longer (going to happen anyway)
3. Raise an awareness campaign to force Southwark to reconsider not funding the nursery
4. Cut costs by parents helping out (impractical due to training/qualification requirements)
If anyone has any thoughts please respond. Thank you.