Cabinet to make decision on recommendations from children’s centres consultation

Slough Borough Council’s cabinet members are set to make a decision on the paper containing recommendations from the recent consultation, this Wednesday 24 May.

The consultation took place between the 3 February and 17 March this year, and the previously recommended option was to retain three children’s centres. With Chalvey Grove and Romsey Close retaining the early years provision and full services, Penn Road offering services to families with no early year’s provision, and Yew Tree Road remaining for just early year’s provision and no services.

Having considered all the data and the information gathered from partners, families, service users, and residents during the consultation, and the updated childcare sufficiency, the recommendation that will be presented to cabinet on Wednesday 24 May has been adapted.

It will be recommended to cabinet the council retains Chalvey Grove, Penn Road and Romsey Close Children’s Centres for full children’s centre services and early years provision. Monksfield Way and Yew Tree Road Children’s Centres will remain with early year’s provision and services offered in the centre/community.

Councillor Paul Kelly, cabinet member for education, children's services, lifelong skills and governance, said: “The council has listened to all who completed the consultation and developed an adapted plan for our children’s centres which will retain five sites in total, and supports our residents across the borough.

“We are committed to ensuring our youngest residents receive the best support and early years education possible, in locations that are local and convenient to their families. I look forward to seeing the development of family hubs which will benefit even more families throughout Slough.”

Published: 24 May 2023