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Council consults on nurseries future

3:07 pm, Tuesday, 13th June 2023 - 12 months ago

Children and families

Parents in North East Lincolnshire are being consulted on the future of two nurseries and one early years day care setting after a shift in how parents choose where to leave their child.

The consultation comes as the Council revealed that there are more than double the required nursery places for eligible children in North East Lincolnshire.

According to the local authority, Great Coates Village Nursery, Scartho Nursery School and Reynolds Day Care are operating at a much-reduced occupancy.

Councillor Margaret Cracknell, portfolio holder for children and education at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“As a Council, we have a responsibility to ensure that there are enough places for those eligible children.

“In North East Lincolnshire we are very lucky to have a number of private, voluntary and independent early years providers. We are now at a point where we have three places for every eligible two-year-old, and more than double the required places for three and four-year-olds.

“Parents have also changed how they choose the setting that’s right for them, with more parents opting for a nursery or early years setting closer to their workplace than their home.

“We’re asking residents to give their views on these proposals. To get involved, people can visit the Council’s website.”

To have your say on the consultation around proposals to close these settings visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/have-your-say.

The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 7th July 2023.

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