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Nursery closure dispute

PUBLISHED: 18:03 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:04 23 August 2010

PARENTS are outraged a busy day nursery suddenly closed its doors owing them hundreds of pounds . When parents arrived at Cuddlez Day Nursery in Dashwood Road, Gravesend, to drop off their children last Friday morning they were told by staff that the nu

PARENTS are outraged a busy day nursery suddenly closed its doors owing them 'hundreds of pounds'.

When parents arrived at Cuddlez Day Nursery in Dashwood Road, Gravesend, to drop off their children last Friday morning they were told by staff that the nursery would be closing for good on Monday. They were given no prior notice, no explanation for the closure was given and many of them say they have paid hundreds of pounds of fees upfront.

Katie Lancaster-Usher, 36, an insurance technician, of St Hilda's Way, Gravesend, was taking her four-year-old daughter Maddison to the nursery when the shock announcement was made.

She said: "None of the parents know what's happening. We were all just told the nursery was closing and that we would get our money back in due course. We have not heard anything from the manager."

The nursery owes Mrs Lancaster-Usher more than £600 which includes a £200 deposit and one month's fees and she is concerned that she will never see the money again. With the closure being announced so suddenly parents were given just two days to make alternative childcare arrangements. Mrs Lancaster-Usher managed to find a place for her daughter at a different nursery but she says many of the other parents may not have been so lucky. She said: "Most of us are outraged tabout this when we were made to pay one month's fees up front.

"We have all got to find other places for our kids which will be difficult at such short notice and then maybe take some time off work until they settle in. It's caused a great deal of hassle for a lot of people."

The nursery's owner Karen Kirby was unavailable for comment.

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