A report to Swindon Council’s cabinet on Wednesday 11 September, cabinet members are recommended to shut down four of Swindon’s 14 Children’s Centres to reduce costs.
It is proposed that the use of the following Children’s Centres will be changed:
Greenmeadow Children’s Centre will no longer be used as Children’s Centre and the building will be leased to Little Pipins Preschool who will be providing early years education for 2-4 year olds;
Saplings Centre (Based at Grange Primary School) will no longer be a children’s centre on its own and the building is proposed to be leased to Grange Primary School to provide early years education for 2-4 year olds
Eldene Children’s Centre – To be used for 2 year olds education and continued use by health visitors, midwives and speech and language therapies
Croft Children’s Centre – to be used by the council’s Children & Families Services or early year’s education
Labour’s shadow lead for Children’s Service, Councillor Cindy Matthews expressed disappointment at the direction being taken by the Conservative controlled cabinet. She said: “The proposals going to Cabinet next Wednesday are a dramatic shift from the Council’s previous policy of maintaining the existing number of children’s centres in Swindon.
"I have to say it seems a strange response to the consultation that has just taken place because people were saying there is huge value in these centres remaining as hubs in their communities for all young children and parents to use. Indeed my response to the consultation made clear Labour’s view that the 14 Children’s Centres needed to be retained.
And with the Grange, Eldene and Croft Children’s Centres being used for other purposes, there will now basically be no children’s centre in the East or South of Swindon, depriving hundreds if not thousands of children and young parents in those areas of essential services.”
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