Parents left high and dry without after-school care

Repairs being undertaken at the SQUIDS facility this week.
Repairs being undertaken at the SQUIDS facility this week.

A breakdown in communications left up to 100 families in the South Queensferry area without childcare.

The SQUIDS after-school club was forced to keep its doors closed after work to upgrade their council-owned premises at Kirkliston Road over-ran.

The works, planned for the mid-term break, ran over schedule.

And parents only found out about the closure by email from SQUIDS management last Friday evening.

One parent, whose child attends the facility, said: “This is not very convenient as neither of us can work from home.

“We have had to leave work early as a result. However, it must be much worse for anyone needing full-time after-school care.”

As fingers of blame were pointed at the city council, a spokesman said: “The after-school club was informed several weeks ago that the premises would be closed during the half-term break due to essential works.

“When we were made aware last week that they had no alternative accommodation, we made Roseberry Hall available.

“Unfortunately, the works have gone on longer than anticipated but we were more than happy for them to use Roseberry Hall again.

“We’ve put a lot of effort into finding alternative accommodation for groups that use the portable buildings.”

We tried to contact SQUIDS management but no-one was available for comment.