Childcare in Wirral has been given a lifeline following a campaign by local children’s nurseries affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
While many nurseries had received help from the Government’s Small Business Grants, some were facing additional pressures and difficulties.
Now, following requests from providers and local Conservative councillors, Wirral Council has set up a £350,000 fund to support providers, using some of the £88 million it has received so far from the Government.
Lorraine Krimou, owner of the Daisy Day Nursery, based in The Oldershaw Academy in Wallasey, said: “This crisis has unfortunately, resulted in many nursery owners finding themselves to be ineligible for much or all of the support packages offered by Government.
“This has been my own experience and I know many other nursery owners share this too.
“I’m grateful to Councillor Lewis and the Council officers for listening and acting on real fears and concerns and securing this money for us to ease the financial hardship we are all experiencing.
“Wirral has delivered at a local level what the sector's national organisations to date have not been able to achieve.”
Councillor Ian Lewis added: “Many of Wirral’s nurseries are doing a vital role in supporting the children of key workers and we would be lost without them.
“It’s really important that our nurseries survive this pandemic for when the rest of Borough gets back to work.
“This extra £350,000 has been set up to help do that and I’d like thank those nursery providers who have contacted me and the officers of the council who listened to their concerns and acted so quickly.”
Wirral Council has now emailed nursery providers in the Borough to make them aware of the support that is available.