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Mum furious as son misses out on nursery place

Anna Summanen pictured with her son Roni (3), who she can't find a nursery place for, and his one-year-old sister Eva. DER1514MC037

Anna Summanen pictured with her son Roni (3), who she can't find a nursery place for, and his one-year-old sister Eva. DER1514MC037

A woman whose partner passed away suddenly while she was expecting their second child, has failed to get a nursery place for their eldest son.

Speaking to the Journal Anna Summanen said: “Roni’s father Connor passed away almost 16 months ago, and it’s been a difficult time for us all.

“As the house I have just bought is overlooking the nursery I assumed our son would get in there. But I’m from Finland and had been living in England and I now realise the system here works very differently and proximity to the school has no bearing when allocating places.

“I don’t think it’s working and I feel that those working full-time are discriminated against.

“I may not send Roni to a nursery now because he didn’t get any of the schools near to our home and those available are so far away. I may not have any choice but to keep him with a childminder for an extra year.”

A spokesperson for the Western Education and Library Board (WELB), said, “We would advise any parent/guardian who is dissatisfied with an outcome to contact the pre-school provider and request information on where their child is currently placed on the waiting list. Parents/guardians can also appeal the decision of the pre-school provider; this request should be submitted to the WELB by 4pm on Wednesday 23rd April.”

 

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