Tops Day Nurseries boss pledges to keep nurseries open to support front line key workers

A NURSERY chain has pledged to keep all hospital-serving nurseries open throughout the coronavirus crisis.

By Neil Fatkin
Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 12:42 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 4:44 pm

Tops Days Nurseries made its announcement after recent reports have shown that key worker parents across the country have been unable to attend their shifts due to a lack of childcare resulting from nursery closures.

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Cheryl Hadland, managing director of Tops Day Nurseries, which has facilities across the south, said: ‘I’m so proud of our colleagues who continue to provide an outstanding level of childcare during this unprecedented time.

Tops Day Nursery at Queen Aleandra Hospital in Cosham. Tops Day Nurseries have vowed to remain open for key worker children during coronavirus pandemic.

‘Tops Day Nurseries are open wherever there is demand from key workers.

‘With government restrictions on who can currently access childcare, I’m delighted that Tops Day Nurseries can remain open during this pandemic, providing top quality childcare to those who need it.

‘All of our hospital settings will remain open and we will be combining nearby nurseries, meaning Tops settings across the south coast are still in a position to take additional key worker, looked after and vulnerable children.’

Cheryl Hadland, managing director of Tops Day Nurseries.

With a Tops Day Nursery currently providing onsite provision at Queen Alexandra Hospital, the news will come as a welcome relief for NHS staff.

Cheryl added: ‘The service we provide means we are just behind the front line. Several of our nurseries are on hospital sites and most of the rest look after children whose parents work in the NHS and emergency services.

‘It’s our commitment is to stay open so that NHS staff can work. It’s important that we remain united and support each other in any way possible and I’m proud that we are able to help.’

Staff and children at Tops Day Nursery, Queen Alexandra Hospital, show their support for NHS staff.