Fears for the sur­vival of im­por­tant fam­ily ser­vices

MP de­plores news that two chil­dren’s cen­tres may be shut

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Cur­rently the 18 cen­tres ar are run by a num­ber a nu num­ber of dif­fer­ent providers, but from April next year they will all be ru run by the coun­cil.

The coun­cil’s cab­i­net m mem­ber for chil­dren’s se ser­vices, Councillor David S Simmonds, said: “It is to support es­sen­tial that we lis­ten to feed­back from par­ents and staff when re­view­ing coun­cil ser­vices.

“Fam­i­lies have told us that they value the fam­ily support we of­fer.

“Within the pro­posed new model, the chil­dren’s cen­tre pro­gramme will con­tinue to pro­vide high qual­ity support to res­i­dents whilst also pay­ing an en­hanced role in work­ing with other agen­cies to de­velop lo­cal fam­ily support ser­vices.”

Chil­dren’s cen­tres pro­vide a ranger of ser­vices in­clud­ing child health clin­ics, par­ent­ing classes, adult learn­ing classes, spe­cialised fam­ily support, breast­feed­ing ad­vice, and stay play ses­sions.

Each cen­tre around 800 to chil­dren in their un­der the age of five.

The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the fu­ture of the ser­vices and runs un­til Jan­uary 25.

Hilling­don Coun­cil says that the con­sul­ta­tion will in­clude the best ways to of­fer ser­vices for fam­i­lies in North­wood and Hayes, in­clud­ing ac­cess to nearby cen­tres.

The coun­cil stressed that the clo­sures are ‘pro­posed changes’, and res­i­dents can have their say on the plans.

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EAR­MARKED FOR CLO­SURE:

SAD­DENED: MP for Hayes and Har­ling­ton John McDon­nell

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