Parents voice concerns over the provision of nursery places


More than 60 parents attended a meeting to voice concerns about nursery provision in the area, organised by David Simpson.

The meeting took place in Craigavon Civic Centre in response to the shortage highlighted last week with parents issueing a plea for help following the distribution of places by the SELB.

Mr Simpson said, “I was taken back this year by the level of complaints and the apparent shortage in nursery places throughout the Upper Bann area. I hosted this meeting as a result and I believe it very much lifted the lid on an escalating problem. What we have witnessed this year is an unprecedented number of unplaced children following the first stage of the process.

“I found the meeting extremely enlightening and I have sought an urgent meeting with the Board and the Department to discuss this problem. Parents are disgruntled and rightly so at the lack of provision, the differing rules for every school, the lack of information around the application process and most importantly the situation pertaining to Primary 1 provision.”