Renfrewshire Council

Council steps in to help Johnstone parents after closure

Council education bosses are stepping in to help Johnstone parents hit by the closure of their private childcare facility - and are appealing for those affected to get in touch.

Council education bosses are stepping in to help Johnstone parents hit by the closure of their private childcare facility - and are appealing for those affected to get in touch.

The Wean's World after-school club in the town's Brewery Street announced last week it is to close its doors, meaning around 70 families have been left without childcare in the week the schools go back.

And Renfrewshire Council will provide a temporary service from Wednesday 17 August, while a more permanent solution is found.

It is expected the interim service will run from 3 until 6pm on weekdays, until the end of the month.

Parents affected by closure are asked to call a special council hotline on 0141 618 5840 from Monday to find out more about alternative childcare provision locally.

Alternately parents can meet with council staff in their child's school at 3pm on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 August to access the temporary service.

Renfrewshire Council leader Mark Macmillan said: "When we heard of the difficulties parents had been left in during the first week of the new school term we wanted to step in to support them.

"While the business in question was privately-owned, as a parent myself I fully understand the importance of quality childcare provision.

"It is hugely important working parents are able to access affordable childcare.

"This interim facility will help them do that while we work with parents to help them find a longer-term solution which fits their individual needs."