Wandsworth Council: Keep the Wandsworth One O'Clock Clubs Open
  • Petitioned Councillor Kathy Tracey
  • Responded

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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

    1. Alex Sykes
    2. Petition by

      Alex Sykes

      London, United Kingdom

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.

Please add your support to this petition and share it (via the Twitter, Facebook and e-mail buttons) with any other Wandsworth parents you know.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Some Good News!

      Alex Sykes
      Petition Organizer

      The Council has just published it's latest report on the proposed One O'clock Club Closures and there is some good news.

      Apart from the Battersea Park Club which is to become a café, all of the other threatened centres will continue to offer Stay & Play after August.

      York Gardens will continue to offer daily free Stay & Play whilst Coronation Gardens, Windmill and Bolingbroke One O'clock Clubs will offer Stay & Play every day but at a charge. King George's Park will also still offer some free Stay and Play although it is not yet clear how regular this will be.

      Given that the original proposal would have seen all 6 clubs used all afternoon for private nurseries this is a huge improvement...
      BUT we're going to keep campaigning to try and get the Council to keep all the Stay and Play sessions free so that they are accessible to all.

      The next Council meeting about the issue is on 20th June and we are holding a children's picnic and protest in King George's Park from 5.30.

    2. Wandsworth Councillor says this petition 'means nothing'

      Alex Sykes
      Petition Organizer

      In a twitter discussion with me yesterday, the Conservative Councillor for Balham Ward - Russell King tweeted:

      "Petitions mean nothing when you mislead people. You have an agenda to aid your career. You're not the first."

      This was in response to a tweet I sent to him objecting to his saying that Wednesday's petition was Union lead and poorly attended and pointing out that 1,000s of local parents had signed this petition.

      I am not sure what he thinks my career is, what my agenda is or exactly what about this petition is misleading and he has not responded to my requests for him to clarify.

      However, if anyone would like to e-mail Councillor King to reassure him that your opposition is genuine his e-mail is rking@wandsworth.gov.uk and he is on twitter @WandsworthRKing.

    3. Protest TOMORROW

      Alex Sykes
      Petition Organizer

      There's going to be a protest against the One O'Clock club closures tomorrow to coincide with the latest full Council meeting. Meet at 6.30pm at the Old Burial Ground on Garratt Lane (between Sainsburys and the housing office) for a march around the one-way system to the Town Hall.

      I know 6.30 is a dreadful time if you've got little children, but please, please come along if you can so we can show the Council how important the One O'Clock Clubs are to us.

    4. Plans passed by Committee

      Alex Sykes
      Petition Organizer

      I'm sad to report that on Tuesday night, the plan to change 5 One O'Clock Clubs into nurseries and the Battersea Park club into a cafe was passed by the Council's Children & Education committee.

      Amendments were proposed which would have at least obliged the people taking over the buildings to continue to provide free Stay & Play (at the moment the document just says they will have 'the opportunity' to offer it for a charge) but these were rejected.

      The only slight positive was that the Council has put the closure date back to the end of August, supposedly to give them more time to consult on the changes (although a requirement to consult with parents on future Stay and Play provision was rejected too).

      The measure still has to pass a full Council vote but, given how heavily partisan the Council is, this is pretty much a formality.

      It is still important to stay vocal in our opposition to the plans as this will make it much more likely that we at least keep some Stay and Play.

    5. Full Details of the Council's Plan

      Alex Sykes
      Petition Organizer

      By September the Council has to find 894 childcare places for disadvantaged 2 year olds. It plans to use the One O’Clock Clubs to provide some of these by letting buildings at Bolingbroke, Windmill, Coronation Gardens, King George’s Park, Alton/Fontley Way One O'Clock Centres to private nurseries on 5 year leases from 1 June 2013.

      The Council’s consultative Early Years Partnership (made up of nursery heads, children’s centre staff & child minders) wasn't impressed: querying whether the nurseries would be economically viable and noting it would create pm places which are not popular with parents as 2 year olds nap then.

      On top of all this the Battersea Park One O’Clock Centre building will be put out to tender for use as a family friendly café.

      What about 'stay and play'? Well the private providers who take over the centres will have "the opportunity…to offer a “Stay and play” facility for a charge and at hours to suit their provision”. So it's up to them.

      We have to stop this!

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Decision-maker Councillor Sheila Boswell responds:

      Councillor Sheila Boswell

      The One O'Clock clubs kept us sane. They are a great resource for everyone in our community at some point in our lives. If you vote to close them I shall activity campaign against you at the next election.


    8. Decision-maker Councillor Sheila Boswell responds:

      Councillor Sheila Boswell

      The One O'Clock clubs kept us sane. They are a great resource for everyone in our community at some point in our lives. If you vote to close them I shall activity campaign against you at the next election.


    9. Reached 750 signatures
    10. Hard Copies of Petition

      Alex Sykes
      Petition Organizer

      If anyone would like a hard copy of the petition to collect signatures please message me and I will e-mail you a printable file.

      Thanks again!

    11. Reached 500 signatures
    12. It's working!

      Alex Sykes
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all so much for signing and spreading the word. It seems to be having a positive effect already. The Council have been in touch and I'm due to meet their head of Education and Children's Services next week to discuss their plans, alternative options and why we cannot manage without the One O'Clock Clubs. I'm really hopeful that a strong show of opposition will be persuasive. I gather a decision will be made in the next couple of weeks so the more signatures we can get by then the better!

      After, I've spoken to the Council, I'll take paper copies of the petition around the One O'Clock Clubs, nurseries, playgroups etc.... If anyone has any spare time and could help with this drop me an e-mail. Extra pairs of hands much appreciated!

      Thanks again

      Alex

    13. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Nazanin Azimian LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      I am at home mother and need a place to take my child to socialise without paying a fortune.

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    • Julie Tweddle LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      It is the only place my child meets other babies.

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    • Ren Roj LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      I live in Wandsworth and have a 3 year old myself and if it wasn't for Windmill I would find it difficult to meet other mums and get loads of useful advice on various subjects concerning my little one.He loves it so much I am already dreading having to explain to him that we can no longer open the gate from this happy place he enjoys so much.

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    • Jennifer Boyd LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      I use these clubs regularly with my 14 month old & they make living in London better for our children and mothers - pls don't close these down

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    • Malcolm Biss WORCESTER PARK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Its important that these facilities are kept open so that all kids(and mothers) can enjoy them.

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