Falling numbers has meant that Preston Playgroup, which looked after children in Linlithgow for the past 30 years, will close this month.
Despite consistently glowing reports from government inspectors over the years, the shock move was made after organisers felt they did not have the resources to continue.
Christina Lawrie, playgroup chairperson for the last three years, said that she felt extremely sad about the playgroup’s closure.
She added: “Everyone associated with the playgroup is devastated but times were just too difficult to stay open. We have had no choice but to close the playgroup because of various reasons, including dwindling numbers. We have been fighting to keep the playgroup open for the last three years and this is a heartbreaking decision.”
The playgroup committee hopes that parents continue to support the three remaining local playgroups in the town.
Christina said: “The committee would like to thank our staff who have worked so hard to make the playgroup a success.
“Without these dedicated staff and committee members there would not have been a playgroup and many children would not have benefited from the care and support provided to give them the best start in life. We also want to thank all those who supported us over the years, including parent committee members, our landlords at St Ninian’s Church, West Lothian Council and the local Rotary clubs and Round Table.”
The playgroup moved from the Rivaldsgreen Centre to Longcroft Hall on Philip Avenue in 2011, after winter weather caused the roof to collapse. In an inspection report from SCSWIS (Scottish Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland) last September, the playgroup were given five stars for quality of care and support, management and leadership.
Preston Playgroup will hold its last session on Friday, September 20.