A mother has hit out at a pre-school after being told she cannot photograph or film her three-year-old son’s first nativity production - but would have to buy a video and pictures from them.
Amanda Read has been told by Cygnets Childcare, in Great Whelnetham, that taking taking photos and video of children at the nativity on Monday and Tuesday will be ‘prohibited’.
Instead, staff will take photos of the children and video of the dress rehearsal, due to be held today, which will be available at a cost after the Christmas holidays.
Mrs Read, of Stanningfield, whose three-year-old son Liam is playing a shepherd in his first nativity, said: “I’m disgusted that I can’t video it but they can and charge for it.
“I’ve got two other children who are older and I’ve got videos of all their school plays.
“This is my son’s first school nativity and I’m being told no but they will do it at a cost.
“I shouldn’t have to pay.”
The 38-year-old said she asked the pre-school, which is based at The Old School Hall, in Stanningfield Road, if she could film the production and was told it would be fine ‘if everybody agrees’.
“I’m told no you cannot video or make photos because a couple of parents don’t want that to happen.”
Mrs Read has researched the issue and argues that she wouldn’t be breaching the Data Protection Act by taking photos or video.
She said: “The Child Data Protection Act doesn’t come under nativity plays.
“I’ve been on the Internet, I’ve researched it.”
Steph Parmee, chairman of Cygnets Management Committee, said: “In accordance with our Photographic, Electronic Device and Safeguarding policies, Cygnets Childcare Management Committee is unable to allow the audience to take photographs and video the nativity on this occasion.
“An alternative has been offered to parents at a nominal cost.”