Views sought on proposals for childcare

Parents and carers are being asked to share their views on proposed changes to childcare services.

The plans relate to North Tyneside Council-run nursery services in Killingworth and Wideopen.

This is a really exciting opportunity to work with two fantastic local schools to support the delivery of childcare services that are sustainable in the current financial climate

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member with responsibility for children, young people and learning

Under the proposals, nursery services currently delivered by the council in Killingworth would be delivered by Bailey Green Primary School, offering places for children aged from three months to four years.

In Wideopen, nursery services would be delivered by Greenfields Primary School, offering care for children aged between two and four years.

Consultation ends on Sunday, July 19, with drop-in information sessions planned in Killingworth and Wideopen – information is available on www.northtyneside.gov.uk

Officials say working with local schools aims to benefit children by helping them to feel part of a school community from an earlier age, and potentially reduce the number of future transitions they might need to make.

The proposals also aim to ensure that resources are focussed on delivering essential services, rather than on maintaining facilities and buildings; so that children get the support they need.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member with responsibility for children, young people and learning, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to work with two fantastic local schools to support the delivery of childcare services that are sustainable in the current financial climate.

“This new model, which links childcare to schools at an earlier age, is a great way of helping our children to feel involved in the school community and prepare them for their learning journeys.”