Fighting for Local Childcare

Two issues have dominated our discussion with residents on the doorstep in Blackheath Westcombe recently – overcrowding on local trains and childcare.

Residents are concerned about Conservative plans to reduce local support for early years children like Surestart.

Local parents benefit from four nearby Surestart Children’s centres at Invicta primary, Robert Owen, Sherington and the Storkway centre on Rochester Way.
But Conservative plans to target funding for childcare places more narrowly will particularly hit local Surestart centres, which cater for a wide social mix.
Labour introduced Surestart, free nursery places for 3 & 4 year olds, and has given parents the right to request flexible working, and has promised to extend statutory maternity leave.

But local families still face challenges in balancing work and childcare. There is still a long way to go before we have comprehensive local services for young children – and rising birth rates in the area mean some parents can’t find nursery places for their child.

Last Saturday, the Labour Party held a meeting with residents to find out how young families can best be supported in the area. As a result, Labour activists will be campaigning to protect and expand provision for young children locally. If you’d like to get involved, email us at bwlabour@googlemail.com – or add your comments below.

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