‘We were just in shock’: Sudden daycare closure leaves parents in the lurch – Nova Scotia

Parents in Eastern Passage, N.S. are scrambling to find places for their children to go on Monday morning after the sudden closure of Perriwinkles Child Care Centre.

The daycare closed on Friday afternoon, but many parents didn’t hear the news until seeing a Facebook post on Saturday.

“We were just in shock,” said Stephen Clevett, whose 19-month-old daughter attended the daycare. “We had no notice whatsoever.”

Clevett said his wife picked up their daughter at the daycare on Friday and no one said anything about the closure.

‘It’s the kids that are affected most’

Stephen Clevett says he’s been scrambling to find a new daycare for his 19-month-old daughter after the sudden closure of Perriwinkles Child Care Centre. (Emma Davie/CBC)

Now, Clevett and his wife are in a panic, trying to find a new daycare after less than a year of attending Perriwinkles.

“Our biggest concern now is having to incorporate our daughter into another daycare with a new set of educators, new people, just after getting settled in,” he said.

“Really it’s the kids that are affected most by this.”

Many parents only found out through Facebook

Clevett and his wife aren’t the only parents left in the lurch.

Joann Neish said two of her five children were in the after school program at the daycare. She said if she hadn’t heard about the closure on Facebook, her kids would have been left stranded at their school on Monday.

“And the school would have been scrambling to call these parents who have these children left behind because they didn’t get notified,” she said.

The centre is licensed for 52 children up to the age of five. It also has an associated care program for school age children, with a further 40 spaces. 

‘Our hearts sunk’

Erin Clarke, who sent her two-year-old twin boys to Perriwinkles, said she, her husband, her parents and her husband’s parents are all taking time off work this week to look after the kids.

“Our hearts sunk,” she said, adding that…

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