Parents campaign to keep baby room open at children's centre in Bradford

PROTEST: Parents Helen Davies and Tanya Henderson with the petition they hope will save the baby room at Woodroyd Nursery in Bradford

PROTEST: Parents Helen Davies and Tanya Henderson with the petition they hope will save the baby room at Woodroyd Nursery in Bradford

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PARENTS whose children attend a Bradford children's centre are fighting plans to shut the its "baby room," meaning they have only a matter of weeks to find new places for their youngsters.

Some mothers even fear they will have to quit their jobs if they are not able to find alternate childcare.

Woodroyd Children's Centre in West Bowling is one of several Sure Start centres in the city, and offers a child care facility for under twos. But late last month parents were sent a letter to say that the baby care unit will shut on August 29.

They say they have been told the reason given by the centre was low demand, but claim there was little to no consultation with parents.

A petition, "Don't close Woodroyd nursery baby room" has been started on Bradford Council's website.

It states: "We want the senior management team at the centre to withdraw the notice given to parents and keep the baby room open. This will allow interested parties to come together and look at options for keeping this service within the nursery and children's centre."

Sure start centres were set up in the 1990s by the Government, mainly in deprived areas, to provide children with the best possible start in life. Although some parents are entitled to free care, others pay to use the centre.

Helen Davies, lives near the centre and has two children who attend the under two facility.

She said: "They only gave parents one month's notice. There are no other similar child care facilities near me that I would be able to get to with a double pushchair. A private day nursery would cost me another £100 a month. I've spoken to other parents about this, and one told me she was having to hand her notice in at work because she had nowhere to put her children. This goes against everything Sure Start centres were set up for, they should be about helping parents and children."

She said with one of her sons being seven months old and the other still a few weeks away from turning two, she was not sure where they would be going once the facility shuts. She added: "At the moment I am just stuck in limbo, it breaks my heart."

When the Telegraph & Argus contacted the centre it declined to comment.

Councillor Ralph Berry, head of children's services at Bradford Council, said: "I understand there are pressures and ratios of staff and children need to be met, but clearly the centre needs to talk with the parents concerned to let them know what alternate provisions are available."

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8:14am Mon 18 Aug 14

llos25 says...

You do not expect this corrupt council to have any money for services do you,anything that might help the people and might cost is blackballed.
You do not expect this corrupt council to have any money for services do you,anything that might help the people and might cost is blackballed. llos25
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8:26am Mon 18 Aug 14

Cityman23 says...

llos25 wrote:
You do not expect this corrupt council to have any money for services do you,anything that might help the people and might cost is blackballed.
You might dislike the Labour- run council intensely, ( and are democratically entitled to do so) but what reason do you have for saying it is corrupt. Where's your evidence for making that accusation?
[quote][p][bold]llos25[/bold] wrote: You do not expect this corrupt council to have any money for services do you,anything that might help the people and might cost is blackballed.[/p][/quote]You might dislike the Labour- run council intensely, ( and are democratically entitled to do so) but what reason do you have for saying it is corrupt. Where's your evidence for making that accusation? Cityman23
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8:53am Mon 18 Aug 14

chattyone12 says...

Woodroyd Centre is in West Bowling. Nowhere near Great Horton. Facts make a story better to read
Woodroyd Centre is in West Bowling. Nowhere near Great Horton. Facts make a story better to read chattyone12
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3:21pm Mon 18 Aug 14

OLDLAD says...

What happened to the old days when if you wanted children you had them and looked after them yourself. Today everybody seems to think it is someone elses responsibility to bring their children up and look after them. The argument of going back to work does not wash, the only people who can go back to work are those who can afford to pay for child care. If you cannot afford the care do not have the children. My friends wife goes to work to earn money to pay for child care, her whole wage goes on this. Why not stay at home your just working to pay for child care and nothing else.
What happened to the old days when if you wanted children you had them and looked after them yourself. Today everybody seems to think it is someone elses responsibility to bring their children up and look after them. The argument of going back to work does not wash, the only people who can go back to work are those who can afford to pay for child care. If you cannot afford the care do not have the children. My friends wife goes to work to earn money to pay for child care, her whole wage goes on this. Why not stay at home your just working to pay for child care and nothing else. OLDLAD
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11:59pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Scooter77 says...

OLDLAD wrote:
What happened to the old days when if you wanted children you had them and looked after them yourself. Today everybody seems to think it is someone elses responsibility to bring their children up and look after them. The argument of going back to work does not wash, the only people who can go back to work are those who can afford to pay for child care. If you cannot afford the care do not have the children. My friends wife goes to work to earn money to pay for child care, her whole wage goes on this. Why not stay at home your just working to pay for child care and nothing else.
Someone didn't read the article! The parents are not asking for free Childcare, they are asking for local Childcare and for the provision their children already attend to stay open. The nursery should have given parents more notice before deciding to close.
People are often quick to judge, stay at home and your a scrounger and a drain on society, go to work and your a bad mum leaving someone else to bring up your kids. Good luck to these mums for teaching their kids to have a voice and stand up for what they believe is right.
[quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: What happened to the old days when if you wanted children you had them and looked after them yourself. Today everybody seems to think it is someone elses responsibility to bring their children up and look after them. The argument of going back to work does not wash, the only people who can go back to work are those who can afford to pay for child care. If you cannot afford the care do not have the children. My friends wife goes to work to earn money to pay for child care, her whole wage goes on this. Why not stay at home your just working to pay for child care and nothing else.[/p][/quote]Someone didn't read the article! The parents are not asking for free Childcare, they are asking for local Childcare and for the provision their children already attend to stay open. The nursery should have given parents more notice before deciding to close. People are often quick to judge, stay at home and your a scrounger and a drain on society, go to work and your a bad mum leaving someone else to bring up your kids. Good luck to these mums for teaching their kids to have a voice and stand up for what they believe is right. Scooter77
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