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to wonder why nursery is closed today?

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toobusyforthisscream Mon 21-Jan-13 08:05:49

Just that really. We live in London, there is snow on the ground, but my DH has got into work with absolutely no problem. Some trains and tubes are delayed but both are running, as are the buses. Am I being unreasonable to wonder why nursery has had to close? Or might there be a justification I'm not aware of? Stress levels running slightly high!

ghoulelocks Mon 21-Jan-13 09:40:31

It's horrible being the one who has to call if a school/ nursery is closed or open in snow. Last year I closed a school and was pretty unpopular, main roads were clear. However the caretaker and I had been there the Sunday before and from 5.30am that morning trying to make the site safe but had to say it wasn't. There was ice everywhere, limited grit and huge areas to cover with steps, drops under snow and slopes. With such a large volume of people using the site, including hundreds of young children and vulnerable family members too we decided the chance of having an accident was unacceptably high. Being personally liable for any accidents does colour your judgement too!

Iggly Mon 21-Jan-13 09:40:51

I will add - my response is influenced by the fact that someone idiot went into the back of us yesterday and we saw many cars slipping and sliding about. It's dangerous.

Bakingnovice Mon 21-Jan-13 09:42:51

Lager I agree. Facebook seems to be full of teaching staff who decided on Saturday that this week should have snow days. My Dh has got into work fine as there is no traffic at all. The roads are fine. My db got into work at school only to find it closed. He didn't get the text.

MrsOakenshield Mon 21-Jan-13 09:43:22

staff coming in from further out is my guess, but it is all a bit ridiculous, we're in zone 2, nursery is open but will close early. Will I get a refund? Will I heck. I bet a lot of people could WALK to work, if they planned ahead and could be bothered. <Hurumph grumble old person didn't used to be like this in my day never remember school closing muter mutter mutter . . . >

BlahBlahBlahhh Mon 21-Jan-13 09:54:20

Have one DS off as school closed, other has had to go in as his schools open. Both schools within half a mile of each's a joke...roads here are passable. I'm a nurse, I've got patients to attend to...I can't just cry off, I live 3 miles away from work but will have to walk for my night shift if I can't drive ( our policy is that you have an obligation to get in if you are within 3 mile radius). Funny how the people who have allowed their kids to bunk off today where I live ( meaning Im the worst mother in the world to DS who is at school) can manage to get out to go sledging, even though its a miles trek to the best hill round here but 5 min walk to school "how could I possibly ?". As you can tell, we are not impressed...angry

RubyGates Mon 21-Jan-13 10:00:45

I'm going completely mad....
DS2's nursery closed as is the Children's centre nearest to us for no very good reason.
The Children's centre at which I have a session is open (nearly as near as the closed one but in the opposite direction), but I can't go to them because unlike every other children's centre I do sessions at they won't let me take DS2 with me in an emergency, so thy're not getting a session either.

I have been stuck indoors with DS2 for a week now as last week he had some temperature-y/buggy thing. I have cabin fever and he's gone a bit mad, aaaaaaaaaargh.

That feels better (but not much)

toobusyforthisscream Mon 21-Jan-13 10:08:22

Hmm, Iggly, sorry not to be more sympathetic, I can see it's difficult. But I live off a main road, in London, and it IS relatively easy for me. Just don't really understand it - I think it would help if our nursery gave us some sort of reason why. It really can't be to do with health and safety etc as the centre is open. Grrrr.

lagerlout Mon 21-Jan-13 10:26:31

My SIL is a home carer, she spent from yesterday lunch time until midnight driving around slowly and carefully rather than leave her clients high and dry and isolated. It's about being prepared to make the effort and not having a defeatist attitude. Snow of the levels we currently have in London are not a reason for things to grind to a halt. Yes there are risks involved when getting around in this weather but if we lived our lives on what if's we wouldn't leave our houses on any day if the week. All workplaces have to make their environments safe for employees and visitors, if they can grit etc then so can a school. I use to manage pub restaurants, I would have been personally liable if someone had slipped where I didn't grit and make safe. I don't think that would have been an acceptable reason for me to close the business though.

Iggly Mon 21-Jan-13 10:30:44

My road is classed as a primary route and is dreadful! Maybe it's because the workers cannot get in?

Mamf74 Mon 21-Jan-13 10:51:31

When I went in to nursery with DD on Friday (no snow on the ground, some forecast) only about 10 children were there, out of a usual session of 30. It looked as though a lot of parents kept their children off then as snow was forecast.

So, no surprise after a decent couple of cm's snowfall that the nursery is closed today, despite most local schools being open (albeit later in most cases). Sadly it looked as if they knew that very few parents would make the decision to send their dcs in today.

MackerelOfFact Mon 21-Jan-13 10:59:56

I would be wondering the same. It took me about an hour longer than normal to get to work this morning (from Zone 4 to Zone 1) and it involved extra train changes, being crammed into an over-full carriage, and a slow walk on slushy pavements. But I knew before I went to bed last night that it would be bad so set my alarm accordingly for this morning. If I don't turn up, I don't get paid, I'll fall behind and miss deadlines. Not turning up isn't an option!

I really don't think that there can be many journeys that are actually impossible within Greater London at the moment. I have lots of friends and family who are teachers, but looking at Facebook the last few days it does seem as though some of them feel entitled to a couple of snow days a year.

tiggytape Mon 21-Jan-13 11:01:17

I guess you don't know where the staff live. Some people are close to work, others commute miles in everyday. If enough staff cannot get in then the ratios are shot and they cannot open.
Also there may be something that applies only to one site - some schools find it easier to clear outdoor areas than others, some have loads of steps and are more dangerous than others, some might have no hot water or boiler working.
I doubt they'd close unless they had to.

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