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Ipswich: Parents express anger over sudden closure of Rhymes breakfast and after-school clubs at Rose Hill Primary School

17:54 26 September 2014

The Rhymes breakfast and after-school clubs at Rose Hill Primary School in Derby Road will close today, it has been confirmed, with no guarantee that it will re-open.

The Rhymes breakfast and after-school clubs at Rose Hill Primary School in Derby Road will close today, it has been confirmed, with no guarantee that it will re-open.

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Parents have vented their anger after only being told in the last 24 hours that a popular breakfast and after-school club in Ipswich will close today.

The Rhymes breakfast and after-school clubs at Rose Hill Primary School in Derby Road will close today, it has been confirmed, with no guarantee that it will re-open.

Some parents found out yesterday afternoon when picking up their children. Official letters were received this morning.

The closure has forced parents to find urgent alternative care for their children.

Rhymes has apologised and explained that a failure to recruit a replacement play leader over the last month has forced them to close the clubs. It confirmed that no “suitable candidates” came forward.

One parent who did not wish to be named blasted: “I think it’s disgusting that there has been no consultation with any parents.

“We just received a letter saying it is closing the next day and that’s it, giving us no time to make alternative arrangements.

“While I appreciate all their help in the past I think they will be letting a lot of parents down.

“I hope either the school or another company step in and take over the running of this much-needed out-of-school club.”

Another parent, who also wished to remain anonymous, labelled the decision “absolutely bonkers”.

The parent-of-two said: “My wife and I work full-time and the decision has put us in a really difficult position.

“We have got to find child care provision for Monday next week onwards. If not, then one of us will have to ask if we can work from home in the afternoon.

“They have had enough time to find a replacement play leader, and I can’t believe they have given us such short notice.

“We totally depend on the after-school club and it really benefits the children. Around 30 pupils use it and there are a lot of angry parents.”

The breakfast club ran from 7.30-9am, and the after-school club was open from 3.15-6pm.

Mum-of-three Cherese Bradaum said she has had to find urgent alternative care for her 10-year-old son Andrew, who has learning difficulties.

The teaching assistant, who said she might have to cut back her working hours, said: “Andrew went to both clubs and it really helped him. They played games, sport outside, had hot snack meals – it was an essential service.

“It is not good that they have had a month to find a replacement and could not find anyone suitable.

“Luckily for me, a child minder will look after Andrew in the morning and after school – although he has got to walk by himself for about five minutes to get there. Some parents may have to give up their jobs though.”

A Rhymes Out of School Club spokesman said: “The closure of our Rose Hill out-of-school club is due to the problem we have faced finding a suitably qualified member of staff to take over the role of play leader.

“We have been trying to recruit since our current play leader gave notice. We have to give notice of three months on our lease at Rose Hill and will pay our rent for that period.

“We tried up to the very last minute to remain open but Ofsted regulations will not permit us to operate without a suitably qualified play leader.”

The spokesman added: “We are, regretfully, also closing our Heath out-of-school club in Kesgrave.

“We have been operating at Heath Primary since 1998 but have decided, as a company decision, the closure of Heath is necessary in the best interest of our other settings.”

When asked if the clubs could re-open in the future, the spokesman declined to comment.

10 comments

  • My child goes to a childminder then breakfast club and after school club then childminder i didnt mention the childminder as this story is about school club!!!!!

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    sensible

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • As the club opens from 7.30am and till 6 pm I don't see that someone who works from 7am to 7.30pm can get their child looked after all the time they are working by this club,no one called you dim sensible but looking at your remarks and your times makes me wonder if you are ,

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    pandy

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • Also i said nothing about working 60 hours! I do 3 shifts a week 37.5 hours so 4 days a week im at home blablabla

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    sensible

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • What a ridiculous clueless comment from Elizabeth, and a total misunderstanding from pandy. Many parents don't have a choice about whether to work or not, and then the majority of them do not have the option of working around school hours. Wrap around care is also expensive so it's not done because parents can't be bothered to do it themselves! I teach and therefore have to leave home before 7.30. Currently my little girl is dropped off at nursery before 7.45. I would much rather leave home later and do her breakfast, etc, but my school day starts at 8 so I have no choice. Next year she will be starting school and we will depend on breakfast clubs and after school care - again I would rather do this myself but my job is not flexible in terms of hours - although I do actually work part-time, I don't have the option of arriving after the school day has started or leaving before the school day ends. Parents do not choose to work because they can't be bothered to look after their kids, in the same way that most people don't choose to have kids because they can't be bothered to work - all families are different!

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    alittlebitwoolly

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • Pandy you are obviously dim too! The clue is in the title BREAKFAST CLUB we who use the club pay for it so we are still supplying our children with breakfast. My daughter is well looked after by myself she has clean new clothes year round 3 meals a day a roof over her head and love from me her mum. I dont rely on government payouts i work hard so that my daughter learns the importance of earning her own money and living a good life. Idiot!

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    sensible

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • just WOW Elizabeth..I'm guessing you do not have children of your own as you clearly don't understand the reason and need for a breakfastafterschool club.

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    I'm right,your not!!

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • I work from 7am to 7.30pm and haven't got time for my child just about sums this comment up, I make this a working week of 60 hours ,money before the child's wefair could be said.

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    pandy

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • Elizabeth are you really that simple. My daughter uses the school club because i work from 7am to 730pm which means i havent got time to do my child breakfast as i prefer her to stay asleep longer so she performs well at school. It is disgusting what rhymes has done both to parents and the school. And the position they put an employee in. They did the same last year with the summer club. Annoyed is a tame word!

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    sensible

    Friday, September 26, 2014

  • No, Elizabeth, it's because they are going to work, not because they are too lazy.

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    Pop-pop

    Friday, September 26, 2014

  • excuse me, but what is wrong with the parents doing their kids their breakfasts? Its their job after all. Its not the schools responsibilities. Parents r too damn lazy nowadays and cant be bothered with looking after their kids properly

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    Elizabeth Field

    Friday, September 26, 2014

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