Little Buddies sessions will be held in Roding Valley Hall and the Woolard Centre

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Children's centre to move into council buildings Children's centre to move into council buildings

A children’s centre closed by Essex County Council will be allowed to host sessions in village halls.

From the end of this month, staff at Little Buddies nursery will be using the Woolard Centre and Roding Valley Hall to host sessions for under fives.

During a parish council meeting chairman Aniket Patel said that the council had a “moral duty” to ensure that the services do not leave Buckhurst Hill.

A review of the arrangement will be held at the next parish council meeting.

Parents attending sessions will be informed of dates and times by Spurgeons, who currently runs them.

Little Buddies, in Lower Queens Road, which provides free play sessions and one-to-one support for parent, was axed due to cuts to children’s centres across the county.

A re-structure of services aimed to save £2.3m.

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10:13am Mon 17 Mar 14

SNGreen says...

Nice in theory. However if someone books the halls then the children's centre will have to move times and quite a few of the users work part time meaning they would not attend. This may legitimize the idea of ending the service as they will say hardly anyone uses the service without thinking why. I have been told Little Buddies was not promoted for a while, so less people used it, before it was earmarked for closure ie they wanted to sell the building.
Nice in theory. However if someone books the halls then the children's centre will have to move times and quite a few of the users work part time meaning they would not attend. This may legitimize the idea of ending the service as they will say hardly anyone uses the service without thinking why. I have been told Little Buddies was not promoted for a while, so less people used it, before it was earmarked for closure ie they wanted to sell the building. SNGreen
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