Campaigner Colin McGerty today visited Homerton Children’s Centre to thank staff as they clear out their office and move away from Holbrook Road.
Although the Homerton Nursery School and Day-care services continue as normal after Easter, all Children’s Centre services will now be relocated or terminated after Tory County Councillors voted to cut Children’s Centre funding by £900,000. This is despite a 5% increase in Council Tax and awarding themselves a whopping 30% increase in their own allowances.
Cambridgeshire Tories are putting £3.6m of surplus Council Tax in the bank but have refused to reverse the Children’s Centre cuts.
South Cambridge Children’s Centres previously offered five family workers across the Homerton and Fawcett sites. Some of these have been reassigned to Fawcett, some have accepted voluntary redundancy and one has been hired in a different role by Homerton Nursery. The loss of this great team from the Holbrook Road site will be keenly felt by local families in need of additional support.
We’re also sad to report some of the other services that will cease.
Messy Play sessions are currently without funding. The nursery will look at options to try and continue these.
Friday Friends parent and toddler sessions will not continue after Easter.
Midwives Monday Antenatal Clinic will not continue at Homerton.
Baby massage will not continue at Homerton
Lessons in English as a 2nd Language will end.
Keep an eye on South Cambridge Children’s Centre website for an updated What’s On? guide.