A 30 day consultation is to be launched from Friday 7 September for the public to give their views on proposals.
Councillor Lisa Stone, Lead Member for Children’s and Young People’s Services at Salford City Council said:
“We are now consulting on a proposal to retain the outstanding nursery provision in the city.
“We would like to consult on how local authority nurseries would be managed and operated by school provision in the city. And we need a conversation with residents to seek their views on this, so the formal consultation will take place.
“The passion from residents is clear and the nursery provision provided by the staff who work in them is outstanding, so we need to explore all options and explore the detail of how this would work using school provision.”
327 places are offered in the local authority nurseries out of 4,234 in a variety of early years providers. Over 2,000 of these places are available through schools in the city.
Councillor Stone continued:
“We have already given a commitment to fund our five local authority nurseries to September 2019. But changes by the government on the way the Dedicated Schools Grant can be used mean the council can no longer afford the running costs of its nurseries. They cost £3million each year to run but the council only receives £1.5million in income from charges.
“Seven years of austerity have cut our core funding cut in half. That works out at £198million since 2010 – or £60,000 out of our budget each and every day.”
The consultation will involve public meetings and also options for people to provide comments by post or online. It opens at 00:01 on Friday 7 September and can be viewed at https://www.salford.gov.uk/nurseryproposals
11th September 2018 at Barton Moss Day Nursery - 6:00pm until 7:00pm
13th September 2018 at Winton Day Nursery - 6:00pm until 7:00pm
18th September 2018 at Belvedere Day Nursery - 6:00pm until 7:00pm
20th September 2018 at Little Hulton Day Nursery - 6:00pm until 7:00pm
26th September 2018 at Broughton Day Nursery - 6:00pm until 7:00pm