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Petitioning Cabinet Member for Education & Children's Services, Wandsworth Council Councillor Kathy Tracey and 11 others
2 responses
This petition will be delivered to:
Cabinet Member for Education & Children's Services, Wandsworth Council
Councillor Kathy Tracey
Chair Education & Children's Services Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Councillor Peter Dawson
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council
Councillor Jo-Anne Nadler
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council
Councillor Steffi Sutters
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council
Councillor Angela Graham
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council
Councillor Guy Humphries
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council
Councillor Sarah McDermott
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council
Councillor Charles McNaught-Davis
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council
Councillor Wendy Speck
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council
Councillor Tessa Strickland
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council
Councillor Sheila Boswell
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Leader of Wandsworth Council
Councillor Ravi Govindia

Wandsworth Council: Keep the Wandsworth One O'Clock Clubs Open

Wandsworth Council is considering closing some of the fantastic One O'Clock Centres throughout the borough, to meet it's obligation to provide 15 hours free childcare to disadvantaged 2 year olds from April of this year.

This quote is taken from the minutes of a recent committe meeting about the issue:

"Councillor Mrs Tracey indicated that the Council would be looking at
the possible closure of some One O’Clock Centres, which were becoming
increasingly difficult to justify as a priority in the current financial climate and which could potentially be used to provide places for two-year olds."

Centres believed to be at risk are Bolingbroke, Battersea Park, Windmill and Coronation Gardens One O'Clock Clubs. Faylands and York Gardens One O'Clock Clubs are likely to become Children's Centres.

I'm all for helping under privileged 2 year olds, but this shouldn't happen at the expense of the One O'Clock Clubs. They're a vital resource for ALL local parents, especially new parents and those with under 2s, and provide a key link to the other family services on offer in the borough.

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Letter to
Cabinet Member for Education & Children's Services, Wandsworth Council Councillor Kathy Tracey
Chair Education & Children's Services Overview & Scrutiny Committee Councillor Peter Dawson
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council Councillor Jo-Anne Nadler
and 9 others
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council Councillor Steffi Sutters
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council Councillor Angela Graham
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council Councillor Guy Humphries
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council Councillor Sarah McDermott
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council Councillor Charles McNaught-Davis
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council Councillor Wendy Speck
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council Councillor Tessa Strickland
Education & Children's Services Committee, Wandsworth Council Councillor Sheila Boswell
Leader of Wandsworth Council Councillor Ravi Govindia
We understand that you are considering a proposal to close and/or changethe use of several of the borough's One O'Clock Clubs in order to enable the Council to meet it's obligation to provide 15 hours free childcare to underprivileged 2 year olds from April 2013 (per the minutes of the most recent meetings of the Early Years Partnership and those of the Education & Children's Services Overview and Scruitny Committee).

The signatories to this petition, wish to express our opposition to this suggestion in the strongest terms.

These clubs are a vital resource for ALL families, parents and children throughout the borough. They are especially valuable to new parents (especially those with PND) and to families with under 2s. They provide a key link to the other family services the borough provides. This is clearly demonstrated by the comments to this petition.

We ask you to reject any plans to close our wonderful One O'Clock Clubs and find an alternative means of providing the additional childcare.