A mum-of-two has warned parents as Crow Lane nursery in Milnsbridge faces closure.

The nursery part of the school currently only has 16 children, a plummet in numbers since its 52 pupils in 2013.

Milnsbridge mum Amanda Hannam has a son at the primary school and is unsure about whether to send her youngest child to the nursery over fears it may close.

The proposals are due to the fall in numbers.

Amanda, 37, said: “It’s worrying because most first-time parents apply for nurseries in the summer, shortly before their children are due to go.

“Unless parents apply now before Easter, the nursery will probably close.”

A spokesman for the school said: “After long discussions, and having looked at all alternatives, we wrote to parents at the earliest opportunity to tell them about the situation with the nursery.

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“Since that date, some have come forward to say they intend to send children to us in the next school year, so I want to stress there is still the possibility of the nursery remaining open.

“However, the financial situation remains the same. There has been an alarming fall in pupils entering nursery each year.

“Since 2013, from having a full 52 place unit the number of children registered for a place in September 2016 is just 16.

“Despite offering care before and beyond school hours, as well as flexible options that combines mornings, afternoons and full days, it would appear people are choosing private or voluntary nurseries, or not placing their children into nursery at all.

“This sharp drop in numbers has an impact on school finances and for the last two years nursery has been subsided out of the main school budget.

“However, we cannot do that any longer.”

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