STUNNED parents learned their children’s nursery had closed ... by text message.
And mystery now surrounds the long-term future of Manor Cribs private day nursery amid rumours that the owners are trying to sell it as a going concern.
There were angry scenes outside the Atherton premises this week as working mums and dads who hadn’t received the 11th-hour communication the night before arrived to drop their children off only to find the doors locked and lights off. The office phone has been 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 Evening Post with Manor Cribs have not been responded to as yet and no statement has been released yet from the operators about its future. The owners have also had no communication with Wigan Council.
Ward independent councillor Norman Bradbury said angry parents had contacted him after finding the premises locked up.
Only recently had the business talked about possible expansion.
Coun Bradbury said that parents were very concerned about their private financial details and information about their youngsters which were inside the Bolton Old Road premises.
He said: “Parents have been left absolutely blazing about this and how they have been treated.
“It certainly must be 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 take their children there.
A council spokesman 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.”
The council is advising all parents affected by the closure to call its contact centre for advice on childcare, nurseries and child-minding on 01942 828644.