Croydon Council is set to explore alternative models for its five Maintained Nursery Schools in more detail after listening to residents through a recent consultation process.
The council has been working with the schools to look at ways of reducing costs and making them financially sustainable. Residents and partners were asked for their views on proposed options to reduce the number of schools through closures or mergers. It was made very clear through the consultation that doing nothing was not an option, as a financially stable solution must be found.
In proposals going to Executive Mayor Jason Perry and cabinet for consideration on 6 December, it recommends that the council works in partnership with the nurseries to determine if new options, suggested as part of the consultation, would make them financially viable for the future.
The schools – Purley Nursery, Selhurst Nursery, Tunstall Nursery, Crosfield Nursery and Thornton Heath Nursery – provide early years education and childcare to children aged two to four.
“These five schools form part of Croydon’s wide range of early years education and childcare options and are an important part of their local communities.
“We are doing everything possible to secure their future, but doing nothing is not an option. I’d like to thank all the parents and other contributors for taking part in this informal consultation – we will continue to listen and make sure their views help inform decisions on the proposals.”
Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon