HUDDERSFIELD University’s only on-site childcare facility has closed after 18 years.
Elmhouse Nursery on the Queensgate campus was used solely by university students who had young children.
The nursery was run by a charitable trust, the Broadoak Children’s Nursery Association, but was in a building provided by the university.
It was earmarked for closure in December 2007. While the university has no firm plans for the building, it could be used as an addition to the new £14m Creative Arts building.
Some of the nursery’s eight staff have been made redundant, while others will move to other nurseries including Broadoak-run Willow House on Colne Road.
Manager Nicoletta Impagliazzo said: “It’s quite upsetting because we’ve been here for 18 years. It’s been a good service for students and their children. All the staff have been here a long time.
“I don’t know what the future is for students with children but the University is signposting them to other nurseries. The University has a lot of students from far away and they need the service.
“It’s been such a long time and there’s never been a bad report and it got good inspection results, so it’s really sad.”
A spokesman for Huddersfield University said: “We made the decision 18 months ago and students were told we would have to help them find somewhere else.
“We haven’t had a single complaint because they can come and see us and we will sort the problem.
“We discovered over the period that not everyone wants their children on campus. Some people like to leave their children closer to where they live.
“If you have children you can use our website and find all manner of places offering places right now.
“If you don’t like using the website Student Services has people who will help you through it.”
The university offers an online service: www.hud.ac.uk/stu_svc/students_with_children/finding_suitable_childcare.php or contact the university’s Student Services.