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PLAYTIME’S OVER: Council closing early years provision in Ruislip

 Published on: 28th September 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

After the closure of their early years childcare provision in Ruislip and two other regions, Hillingdon Council has announced its support plans for those affected.

The three centres, also located in Hayes and Uxbridge, are set to close on December 31. Thus, plans have been put in place, with council cabinet members getting in touch with parents at the nurseries to discuss the future.

Staff will also be helping in the transition, and letters have been sent detailing alternative options for the parents.

Councillor Ian Edwards, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: “From the moment we announced the closures, we’ve been in open communication with parents, carers and affected staff.

“I recognise and regret the anxiety and difficulty that the decision will cause parents and carers with children attending the centres, and to our staff.

“This was not an easy decision to make and is a highly emotive topic. As such I’d urge residents to be wary of media reports that serve only to gain clicks, rather than offering any tangible support to those affected.

“With increasing inflation rates, the council is having to reconsider how it operates and explore where efficiencies can be found. 

“And while I empathise with the frustrations of those affected, if we were presiding over a year-on-year loss of more than half a million pounds for any other council tax payer-funded service, residents would rightly be asking why it’s continuing.

“Our focus remains on helping and supporting those affected to ensure minimal disruption to the children, their families and carers ahead of the new year.”

Picture credit Ray Stanton

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