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Friday, 21 June 2013

Wandsworth Nursery Changes

Wandsworth council is to invest more than £1m providing better nursery facilities for disadvantaged children in the borough.

Work is also being carried out to ensure that stay and play services continue to be offered at the borough’s one o’clock centres.

They’ll offer nursery places in the mornings, but offer drop-in stay and play sessions for parents and children under five at other times of the day.

The council has been set an ambitious Government target of providing 1,800 free nursery places for two-years-olds from lower income families by September 2014.

Many of these places can be delivered in existing nurseries and other Ofsted approved buildings, but in order to deliver so many additional new places the town hall is using other council-owned premises, including five one o’clock centres.

Now £1m is set to be spent on bringing these and other council buildings earmarked as nurseries up to standard.

This includes a £370,000 spend on a new children’s centre in King George’s Park which will offer a full range of services for younger children every day of the week, including drop-in stay and play.

At the Bolingbroke, Windmill, Coronation Gardens, Triangle and York Gardens one o’clock centres, these would be used to provide free nursery places in the mornings and play and stay services in the afternoons - and potentially also at weekends for the first time.

Modest charges may be incurred by parents accessing stay and play services at some of the centres, but those at King George’s Park and York Gardens will remain free of charge, as will the drop-in stay and play services at the borough’s 14 other council-run children’s centres.

They are also likely to remain open throughout the school holidays.

Meanwhile the one o’clock centre at Battersea Park is to be transformed into a child and family friendly café with an outdoor play area for toddlers, to complement the recent refurbishment and modernisation of the adjacent children’s playground.

A total of 894 extra nursery places will be available from September this year with another 894 to be provided in September 2014. These are aimed at families whose children qualify for free school meals.

posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:11 am  

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