Early Years Nursery Provision Consultation

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Closes 12 Feb 2020

What are the proposed changes?

Three options have been identified that would help address the over-supply of places and, in one case, enable the development of the new services to support families in their child’s crucial first 1001 days.
These options are set out below.


Option 1. Close two nurseries.

Closing two nurseries would make a modest impact on the over-supply of places and long-term sustainability of primary school nurseries.


Option 2. Reduce the number of places and introduce cost-saving measures across Camden maintained nurseries.

This option could also make a modest impact on the over-supply of places but may affect the quality and sustainability of the Council maintained nurseries.


Option 3 (preferred). Re-purpose four Camden maintained nurseries.

The nurseries would become Sure Start children’s centres and we would look to re-provide nursery places for these children in Camden primary school nursery classes.


The four nurseries no longer providing childcare places will instead offer a range of new services to support children from birth to age two and their families, in line with evidence showing the importance of child development in the crucial first 1001 days of life.


These services would be offered in addition to the comprehensive range of services already available at the Sure Start centres, including family support and health visiting, welfare rights and employability support, stay and play drop-ins and wrap-around services from child mental health and speech and language therapists and their specialist support. The additional space will also provide accommodation for midwifery clinics, health visiting ‘hubs’,and services provided by partners such as the Anna Freud centre.


The remaining five Council nurseries would continue to provide high quality early education and childcare as they do now.


The nurseries that would convert to become Sure Start children’s centres and offer these new services would be:

  • — Gospel Oak
  •  Hampden
  • — Kilburn Grange
  •  Konstam