Time is ticking on Carousel in town

PUBLISHED: 06:30 25 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:12 25 July 2016

Sarka Andersonova (left) of Carousel Childcare in Budleigh with some of the children. Ref exb 20-16TI 1155. Picture: Terry Ife

Sarka Andersonova (left) of Carousel Childcare in Budleigh with some of the children. Ref exb 20-16TI 1155. Picture: Terry Ife

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Budleigh Salterton parents face a race against time to save the town’s early years child care provider from leaving the town.

Earlier this year, the Journal reported that Carousel Child Care faced being evicted from its current premises in the grounds of St Peter’s Primary School, in Moor Lane.

Nursery director Sarka Andersonova has been tirelessly looking for premises in Budleigh, but has had to put wheels in motion on a move to Exmouth.

Carousel is due to relocate to Exmouth Rugby Club in January, pending Ofsted registration.

Parents who use the service have convinced Sarka to hold two consultation evenings to see if Budleigh residents can save its only early-years provision.

Louise Higginbotham, posting on Facebook, said: “Budleigh is increasing in numbers and taking away the only childcare facility is ludicrous.

“I am without childcare once they [Carousel] leave the school in December. I can’t be the only parent this will affect; surely someone can do something to help them.”

While children up to the age of four will be cared for in Exmouth, Carousel has offered to independently run St Peter’s School’s breakfast and after-school clubs from January.

The first consultation event was held at Carousel on Wednesday (July 20) and the second one will be held on Monday, from 7.30pm.

Sarka said parents needed to act quickly as it could take six months for Ofsted registration and Carousel ‘must’ open in January.

She said: “It’s not about the building - it’s about who we are. Parents have been so happy with the service we provide.

“I’m doing what I have to do to secure the business.”

Budleigh mayor Chris Kitson believes that all possible venues have been ‘exhausted’.

He said: “All avenues have been explored to try and find somewhere, so sadly it means the parents have further to journey.

“People haven’t been sitting on their hands but there is nothing available in Budleigh.”

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