PARENTS are being urged to send their children to a Huddersfield nursery to help secure its future.
Cambridge Road Nursery has been given a temporary reprieve from the axe.
Now supporters say the best way to ensure it stays open is for all its childcare places to be filled.
Debbie Whitehead, of Birkby, sends four-year-old son Christian to the nursery.
She intends to send his brother, Alexander, who is now three weeks old, to the same nursery when she goes back to work in the spring.
Mrs Whitehead said: “This is nursery care at its best. We want to prove the nursery is viable by filling it up.
“It is half empty at the moment, because they had frozen the waiting list. But now it is open again people putting their children on the list could be what saves this nursery.”
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet agreed on Friday that the nursery would stay open until the results of an ‘audit’ come out.
The decision followed a six- month fight by parents, councillors and union officials against council plans to close Cambridge Road, the Sankofa Nursery at Hillhouse and Tiddlywinks at Deighton.
The council has already reversed its decision on Tiddlywinks and said the nursery will stay open. Only Sankofa is to remain closed.
Now a leading councillor has asked people to ‘draw a line’ under the long-running dispute.
The Cabinet’s member for children’s services, Clr Jim Dodds, was speaking after a special report was presented to the council last night.
A special scrutiny panel which reviewed the issue reported to the council meeting yesterday.
Its report included some criticism of the way the original decision to close the nurseries was made.
While contesting some parts of the report Clr Dodds called on people to move on.
He said: “I hope we can draw a line under this and move forward to make sure we do the best for the children at the nurseries.”
Mrs Whitehead was involved with the campaign to save the nurseries. She said Cambridge Road was vital for many parents, especially those who could not afford private nurseries.
Although it has been given a reprieve, Cambridge Road – which recently received a top Ofsted report – is not safe from closure.
But Mrs Whitehead said she and its other supporters would continue to campaign.
“From the beginning of January, we thought we had no chance of winning this fight, but as time has gone on we gained confidence.
“They have not given us a date for the audit and we don’t know its terms of reference. The officers involved in the original review will be involved, which is a concern.
“So we still have a fight on our hands.”