Elizabeth Truss, Tory Childcare Minster, says toddlers in nurseries “run around aimlessly”. She says they should be in a more structured environment, learning the skills they will need when they get to “big school” (i.e. reception class).
On 4 December, Sheffield City Council announced a “redesign” to Sheffield’s Early Years services (including both public and voluntary sector nurseries and children’s centres).
On Thursday 19 April, a colourful and noisy protest of 250 women, children and men, plus teddy bears and balloons took place in opposition to cuts in Sure Start nursery care provision in Liverpool.
London Fields (find us near the children’s playground)
Music, face-painting, food, games
+ solidarity with community nurseries in Hackney which are facing up to 60% cuts in funding.
For more see friendsofhackneynurseries.wordpress.com
A report by a think tank linked to the Lib Dems has suggested that parents who pass a parenting test should be paid more in Child Benefit.
An activist from Friends of Hackney Nurseries spoke to Solidarity
Hot news today. Sending your kids to nursery turns them into yobs, yes it does.
SureStart - the government’s project for children under 4 - has cut funding to some local facilities for young kids.
It is shifting its services to showpiece ‘Children’s Centres’, such as the Ann Tayler Centre on London Fields, but this seems to be at the expense of play sessions on estates and in the community: where they are needed most.
Well, that's the post-election rest out of the window.
I got a phone call today from the Under-5s Project saying that SureStart has pulled the funding for the baby & toddler group on our estate with immediate effect.