Stop another creche closing in Bristol this week.
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Over the past 17 years, the Bradley Stoke Creche staff have worked hard to serve children and their families in a safe, welcoming environment where they can play and develop physically in softplay or playroom facilities.
Closing it takes away their jobs. It also takes away the chance for parents, particularly Mums, to use the facilities, for a couple of hours each day, at affordable prices. And some Fitness Staff at the facility use it too, whilst they earn a living.
For two years I’ve enjoyed 1–3 days a week at the creche in Active Centre Bradley Stoke. Once I got over the parental guilt of leaving a young child, I've been using the space for exercise and doing work, and looking for more work, just what I needed.
The £3.6 million redevelopment of the Centre, funded by South Gloucestershire, has made the facilities a lot more colourful, inviting and exciting, especially for children.
If you keep it open you're supporting parents and staff with precious time to themselves. Physical, mental and financial wellness are all linked. And the wellbeing of parents can have a great effect on the wellbeing of children too. You show that #ChildcareMatters to you as individuals, as an organisation and the wider community. Simply talking to customers directly and responding to us would help.
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The Creche Staff have been given notice that the Creche will close on Friday, April 7, 2017, due to financial losses. It is the second creche in the Active Centres Group to close (Active Leisure Centres across South Gloucestershire include: Bradley Stoke, Kingswood, Longwell Green, Thornbury, Yate, Patchway, Downend).
This ‘Save Our Creche’ campaign aims to secure the future of this important community asset, not only for the families of children currently enjoying the creche - but also for future generations of children.
We the undersigned urge Active Centres to reconsider their position on this and all the creches in your group.
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