Suggested Day Nurseries Consultation Response

We don’t feel the consultation is fair so we’ve come up with a suggestion for those who want to support the nurseries but don’t support closing any children’s centres.

https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/council_and_democracy/consultations/Information_about_LA_Day_Care_Nurseries.aspx

Do you agree with the proposal to close the council’s three day care nurseries?:

No

Do you think there will be any benefit from the proposal to close the council’s three day care nurseries?:

No

Do you think there will be any negative impact from the proposal to close the council’s three day care nurseries?:

Yes

Do you think it would be better if the council’s three day care nurseries stayed open but the number of children’s centres were reduced?:

Don’t Know

(The council would need to present how many they would need to close for anyone to be able to make this decision.)

Do you think it would be better if the council’s three day care nurseries stayed open but the number of childcare places were not increased in schools and childcare settings?:

Yes

(these nurseries are capable of providing specialist care, year round from 8am–5pm for children as young as 6mths. There are no other nurseries with a deaf unit or who have staff trained in nasal tube feeding or who prioritise vulnerable children from this early an age)

Do you have any other comments or financially viable suggestions to keep the three day care nurseries open? :

(The below is a suggestions of a response you can make. We encourage you to add your own response but it is very cheeky of our council to ask the public to do this considering they employ people to come up with solutions. People who, judging from the strange presentation of figures within the consultation, could be doing a much better job of it. The last part in bold we think is the most important. Nobody can make an educated decision on any of this based on the information provided)

Central government has another 30m coming to help expand the offer of nursery schools in disadvantaged areas so this should help relieve their strain.

The day nurseries are special and should be treated as such. The staff are trained in medical procedures like nasal tube feeding, sign language and catherization. They operate year-round childcare from 8–5:30 for children from 6mths. The have an excellent reputation of working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds, in child protection cases and children with whom English is not spoken at home.

They will be more expensive to run due to the ratios but the ratios are important for children with complex needs and they serve to provide early intervention for the best outcomes for vulnerable children. The term after a child turns 2 could mean some children will lose out on specialist care and diagnosis that could really help them communicate with their parents.

Many private nurseries in Tower Hamlets have already had to raise their fees. These nurseries ensure stable, secure, affordable provision for the most vulnerable children. It is not financially viable to close our public day nurseries as it will only cost the borough more later as the children who could receive this care become marginalised and families in need of the service will be put under more strain. The Children’s commissioner blames a lack of support for our most vulnerable families in early years leading to the rocketing and unsustainable costs of putting children in care. The saddest outcome for many.

On the following page you are asking us to prioritise without giving us the info required to do so. How many children’s centres would need to close? How many childcare places do you intend to create? Would they serve children from the age of 6mths year-round from 8–5:30pm? Would they be available for our most vulnerable? Could you guarantee that they are as low cost as the local authority day nurseries? I would like to have not answered as it is impossible to do so without having all of the information but then my response would not have counted. I feel coerced into giving a response that I do not wish to make.

Highest priority: Keep the three day care nurseries open
Second priority: Sustain the 12 children’s centres and six delivery sites
Lowest priority: Increase access to childcare across the borough