10 of Basingstoke’s Children’s centres will close – only 1 will remain open!!

Thank you very much to everyone who responded to the Hampshire Children’s centre closure consultation. There were 2,124 responses to the consultation, which is a fantastic volume!

However, I wonder what the point of the consultation was, when it’s obvious that the decision was made well before the consultation was even opened earlier this year!!!

This is the final explanation from the Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Keith Mans and it’s well worth a read:

County Council to develop new service for vulnerable families

The following statement taken from this page worries me considerably:

“Councillor Mans added: “The new integrated Family Support Service will come in at a time when the number of health visitors in Hampshire has significantly increased, and when working parents of three and four year olds will be able to access 30 hours of free childcare with a nursery, pre-school or a registered early years education childminder.””

I’m extremely disappointed with Hampshire County Council for this decision and I know I’m not alone!

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