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We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to reinstate the grant to the Westminster Pre-school Learning Alliance nurseries and/or to extend the time to allow the nurseries time to financially prepare for these present or future cuts. We are aware of the financial situation our government is in, but we are dismayed that child-welfare and education should be sacrificed to such an extent. More details
Westminster Pre-school Learning Alliance is made up of nine community nurseries & has been receiving a grant to enable affordable nurseries in the area. Westminster Council has cut funding to each nursery by taking away this grant. The nine nurseries affected are: Parkview Lodge Pre-School, Moorhouse Pre-School, The Vestry, St. James Community Pre-School, Ashmore Pre-School, Fisherton Street Pre-School, Independent Mother's Pre-school, Barrow Hill, Elgin Pre-School. These cuts and additional expenses pressure these nurseries to drastically increase fees in order to survive. These nurseries are in jeopardy of closing.
Withdrawal of the nurseries means: (1) Extra strain for parents who are already under a lot of pressure balancing finances, work and family; (2) Discouragement for parents to access jobs/education due to limited children facilities; (3) And loss of jobs and no redundancy packages to dedicated members of staff who have been working for the nurseries for as long as 20 years.