De­ci­sion on day care cen­tres

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

THE FU­TURE of two day care cen­tres in Widnes ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ‘fi­nan­cial chal­lenges’ are due to be de­cided next year.

Dit­ton and War­ring­ton Road Day­care are cur­rently both run by Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil.

An item for the lo­cal author­ity’s ex­ec­u­tive board in July pro­posed the coun­cil no longer be­ing the provider of ser­vices at both fa­cil­i­ties.

A re­port said that the cur­rent busi­ness model for both would ‘not de­liver sus­tain­able pro­vi­sion’ and that both had a com­bined deficit of nearly £275,000 be­tween them.

But the item was re­moved in a bid to review the op­tions to main­tain fa­cil­i­ties at both Dit­ton and War­ring­ton Road.

A coun­cil spokes­woman told the Weekly News that op­tions are still be­ing ex­plored and that though there is no date set for the item to go back be­fore coun­cil­lors, but that it will be heard in 2017.

The with­drawn item said: “It is pro­posed that the lo­cal author­ity cease to be a di­rect provider of day­care and in­stead seek al­ter­na­tive providers for the day­care pro­vi­sion from the pri­vate, vol­un­tary or in­de­pen­dent sector.

“Hal­ton has a vi­brant and sus­tain­able pri­vate and vol­un­tary early years sector that is able to op­er­ate more flex­i­bly than lo­cal author­ity-run pro­vi­sion and, there­fore, is bet­ter able to meet the needs of par­ents.”

The doc­u­ment said that both fa­cil­i­ties em­ployed 16 staff mem­bers and at the time of the re­port, Dit­ton had an oc­cu­pancy rate of 50% in 2015/16 while War­ring­ton Road was run­ning at 78%.

Both fa­cil­i­ties of­fer care for chil­dren up to the age of five.

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