Council approves children’s services changes

Ringmer Children's Centre

Plans to pull out of 10 children’s centres and two nurseries have been approved by East Sussex County Council under changes to its early years’ service.

Councillor Sylvia Tidy, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for children and families, approved the revised Early Help Strategy following a public consultation.

Ten of the county’s 26 children’s centres face closure by April 2020 unless alternative providers can be found.

They include: High Weald, Seaford, Chailey, Ringmer, Battle, West St Leonards, Old Town (Eastbourne), Crowborough, Rye and Egerton Park.

At Ringmer Children’s Centre, parents expressed dismay at the news. Suzanne Harling told BBC South East: “It’s a crying shame, absolute crying shame.”

But Ms Tidy said: “It is just buildings that we are closing, we are not cutting down the services."

MP joins meeting to learn more about Copeland childcare

Parents, nursery teachers and childminders living in Copeland can have their say on childcare in the area this lunchtime.

The Conservative MP Trudi Harrison will be at a meeting in Cleator Moor's Pheonix Centre, starting at 12:30.

The MP, who has been a childminder and run a nursery school, says say the aim is to share experiences about the current state of early years care.

The meeting is being held with CACHE, a national body which provides qualifications for people working education and childcare.

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