Cambrian News photographer - Dosbarth Enfys at Llwyn yr Eos school closed “due to staff illness”

PARENTS of children at an autistic unit in Penparcau have been left angered after the facility was closed on short notice three times in just 11 days.

The Cambrian News reported “Ceredigion council said the closures at Dosbarth Enfys based at Llwyn yr Eos school were “due to staff illness” – with 50 per cent of experienced support staff and the lead teacher being absent.

But parents have called for plans to be put in place to prevent closures in the future, with one telling the Cambrian News the council is “letting disabled children and their parents down.”

Dosbarth Enfys is a specialised resource base that caters for the needs of autistic pupils between the age of three and 11.

The parent, who did not want to be named, said that her child is “well and fit and keen to learn”, but was “forced to sit at home instead of being in education” on Monday, 22 January; Wednesday, 31 January; and Thursday, 1 February.

Some children and parents were only told of the closure on 31 January when they arrived on the school grounds, leaving parents scrambling to arrange alternative care and children upset.

“Autistic children like predictability, and it causes so much stress when things are changed at a short notice,” the parent said.

“Our son was crying when we were sent back on arrival to school.

“We swallowed the first day of closure, but to already have three days of closure within a short period of time means we are now not confident about the future.

“It seems to be not an exception anymore.”

Ceredigion council said the school had “no choice” but to shut the unit, but added that the authority “is working with the school to develop appropriate support plans” here.

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