Eight creches in Lewisham face closure by council

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Eight creches across Lewisham face closure as part of plans to save millions of pounds from council spending plans.

The Labour-run authority will stop running eight childminding centres across the borough resulting in job losses of 26 staff members at the end of this term.

The childminding services facing the axe are provided to parents who use the council’s adult education centres.

These closures will affect students on the council’s Community Education Lewisham courses at locations such as the Brockley Rise Centre and the Kirkdale Centre in Kirkdale, Sydenham.

Sir Steve Bullock, the borough’s Mayor announced plans to make £60million worth of cuts over the next three years.

A council spokeswoman said that due to “changes” in Government funding the town hall could no longer provide the crèches.

She said: “Unfortunately these changes will result in job losses for our crèche workers. In total, there is one full-time and 25 part-time members of stuff.”

“They have provided our students with an affordable service of a high standard.”

She explained that if the proposals are agreed there will be redundancies which will take place at the end of term in July.

“We remain committed to supporting our students in need of childcare and we will be working with them to get the best they can from this new system.”

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