Dozens of families left scrambling after sudden closure of daycare in Lower Sackville

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LOWER SACKVILLE - The province says it’s trying to help dozens of famillies find placements for almost 50 children who are now without a daycare after the owners of the Cobequid Childrens Centre in Lower Sackville abruptly closed their doors.

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Both staff and parents reportedly arrived on Monday morning to find the front doors to the daycare locked and with no explanation.

“We really only know what the parents know at this time” said Shelly Thompson, the acting director of the Early Childhood Development services in Nova Scotia. “We haven’t been able to get in touch with the operators.”

Consultants with the department have been collecting information from the estimated 50 families that were affected, and from other local daycares, to find placements for the children.

Thompson said that the provincial regulations require operators to give 120 days notice before closing.

“Our first priority right now is to help families who have young children, who had care, to find alternate care.” said Thompson.

She added that the department has gone to the centre to post a notice and a phone number for families to call. That number is 424-6679.

Geographic location: Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia

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