Official statement of closure for TiggyWinkles Day Nursery

It is with great sadness that we announce the permanent closure of TiggyWinkles Day Nursery from Friday 30 July 2021.

This very difficult decision comes following a financial strain from a challenge of keeping attendance at viable levels.

Despite all best efforts, there is unfortunately not enough take up of childcare placements to be financially viable. In addition to this, the nursery is still recovering from loss of income through 2020 due to the social and economic impact of the pandemic.

Like all non-maintained nurseries, TiggyWinkles has depended on combined income from childcare fees and government payments for childcare. The government payments cover expenses such as staff costs but do not include other operational fees (such as meals, resources and upkeep).

Therefore, income from childcare fees played a vital role to stay in business. However, professional childcare is an expense more and more families simply cannot stretch to, and the take up of placements at the nursery has been below optimum for some time.

In addition, this past year has been a testing time for nurseries all over the country due to the wide-reaching effects of the pandemic, where demand for childcare has slumped.

After a temporary closure during the first lockdown (and subsequent hiatus in income), TiggyWinkles stayed open from July 2020 to serve the community – but take up of childcare provision was too low.

As a result, we are not meeting the financial requirements we need in order to stay in business, and it is with a heavy heart that we announce our closure.

We understand this is a difficult time for many and are committed to supporting our current parents and carers with finding new placements and the transition following into new childcare.

TiggyWinkles staff members are being supported with various employment options through The Pioneer Group’s services.

If you have any further questions regarding the closure of the nursery, please click here to find our Q&A page.

Our team has been providing high quality childcare for over 20 years and it has been a privilege to work with the children of the Castle Vale community.

We would like to thank all parents and carers, past and present, for the confidence in our nursey and wish all your children a successful and happy future.

** For further questions please visit our Q&A page by clicking here **


Welcome to TiggyWinkles Day Nursery

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TiggyWinkles Day Nursery is part of The Merlin Venture Ltd, a non-profit company that supports the local community through child care services.

TiggyWinkles operate in Castle Vale. We have been providing childcare since 1999, delivering a high quality service to our parents and children. Our latest Ofsted inspections returned a ‘Good’ rating.

We provide childcare for children aged 6 weeks – 5 years through a variety of full and part time places. We also offer 2, 3 and 4 year old funding.

Within the nursery, we have a management team consisting of a Manager Deputy, and nursery nurses who care for your children, and additional support staff who are responsible for providing home cooked meals and ensuring the nursery is well maintained.

With safeguarding embedded within the high quality childcare we provide, TiggyWinkles is secure and safe and all of our staff team are first aid trained, DBS checked and approved to work with children leaving you with the knowledge that your children will be cared and looked after during their early years.

Our Vision

We believe in all of our children and have high aspirations of what they can achieve. Through a family orientated setting we care and nurture our children so they can fulfil their potential.

At TiggyWinkles we believe that independence is the foundation for learning. By providing a welcoming, child friendly initiated environment we believe children will become happy, confident and resilient individuals.

Thank you for taking the time to look at TiggyWinkles Day Nursery. If you have any further questions or require anymore information please call the nursery and speak to one of our team.

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