Several of my councillor colleagues - cc-ed here - forwarded to me the letter you had sent them raising your concerns about the proposals for the phased withdrawal of childcare at South Bermondsey Children's Centre (Tenda Road) due to the reduction in council funding from government.
Thank you for having raised your concerns. I take them very seriously and am interested to hear your views.
Note that the current plans mean that:
- All children who are currently enrolled for childcare at South Bermondsey and Bishop's House Children's Centres, or those who currently have place to start, will not be affected and will have a childcare place until they move on to nursery or school
- There will be no new childcare enrolments for new children at South Bermondsey or Bishop's House Children's Centres from September 2012
- All other services offered at the Children's Centres - such as stay and play sessions, drop-in childminding, parent programmes and other family learning activities, which make up the majority of services and are used by about 700 children overall - are all unaffected. I.e. the rest of Bishop's House and South Bermondsey Children's Centres will operate as normal.
- All of Southwark's Children's Centres will remain open
Details of the consultation will be published shortly. An initial statement is at: http://www.southwark.gov.uk/
I hope this is helpful.
Cabinet Member for Children's Services
Once we have translated it into English, we will issue a response.
I think we have postponed the closure.