Don't let a council destroy children's futures
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Hello Ms Morgan, Mr Gyimah and other involved and interested parties,
Over 500 children have received early childhood education over the past 30 years at the A Home From Home setting in Kensal Rise.
Our setting is an excellent ‘Good’ Ofsted rated setting with high qualified educators operating from a semi-detached Victorian House. A Home From Home belongs to the neighbourhood and many neighbours have had their children attending the setting.
After so many years working with the council, they decided out of the blue, that we have not handed in an application to change the private house to a mixed used house on their paperwork. Their argument is that we have not been operating for longer than 10 years, in the simple bid to close us down or force us to move elsewhere.
This is outrageous and we petition that we should be allowed to continue to operate at our premises just as we have for over the past 30 years.
We believe this is due to 2 departments (planning and early years) not working together, and therefore not passing on sufficient information, leading to settings to operate for years, advertised by the council until the planning department gets involved trying to close them.
Local Authorities have the duty under the Childcare Act 2006 to secure sufficient childcare for working parents. When doing so the Local Authority should take into account the state of the local childcare market also the quality, qualifications of staff, expertise and experience of providers. A Home From Home represents all the above.
Now Former Brent Council’s lead member for Children & Families, Chllr. Michael Pavey (now Deputy Mayor of Brent) just recently said in a press release ‘we are absolutely dedicated to providing the highest quality childcare for local families’.
An empty statement taking our situation as well as the recent Ofsted ratings of Brent council located early childhood providers. The fact is since Ofsted started their new inspection framework in September 2013, of 37 Brent early childhood settings inspected till April 2014, a shocking
30 % where judged Inadequate and 22 % judged Satisfactory.
Even more eye opening of the quality is that;
of the inadequate judged settings 45.5 % got downgraded by 2 grading’s, from ‘good’ to ‘inadequate’. * Source: Ofsted
How can a Council who has a high demand for childcare places and lacks especially on quality provisions and places afford to close one of their best in the borough????Shouldn’t the right of the child to receive education and a healthy safe upbringing not be foremost important than a historical paper change in the planning department? Could they not simply have made us retrospectively apply for permission?
Most of our Mum and Dad’s visited many other setting and did not find anything quite like A Home From Home. They say that besides there being very little provisions offering childcare in the local area, the settings are quite institutional, lack on quality and the education of children is low:
‘A Home From Home is so great as they are quite unconventional and warm’.
‘AHFH lives up to their name, offering a home from home, and it is the unique nature of the ‘home’ setting that sets them apart from anywhere else.’
‘The setting is the best in the surrounding areas Brent and Westminster.’
‘The quality is excellent, particularly rare in an area such as Brent where finding a place is like searching for a needle in the haystack.’
Our amazing Neighbours say:
‘AHFH has a fantastic reputation in the neighbourhood. If they would have to close/move it would be a huge loss to our neighbourhood.’
‘It is a healthy, respected and much appreciated business, run by a good, community spirited family, and long may it stay that way.’
‘It is important that communities are self-supporting including the provision of high quality childcare, and this is what we have with A Home From Home.’
We the children do not want to leave A Home From Home, our parents don’t want to leave and our educators don’t want to loose their livelihood.
We get to explore the World at A Home From Home, we make local friends, we get organic home grown, home cooked food, we get educated by a fully qualified team, we learn holistically and most importantly we feel at home with our extended family.
Please make this heard.
Thank you for helping this cause,
The former, the current and the future children from A Home From Home.
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