Parents have started a petition to Keep Mickey Star Drop-in Children Centre Open. They say:
“Mickey Star Children’s Centre is purpose built, excellently equipped, community focused children’s centre that provides a range of very important, much in-demand and highly treasured drop-in informal sessions 6 days a week for local families with children under the age of 5 years.
Westminster City Council in their perceived wisdom have decided to stop all the services provided by the children’s centre and replace it with a nursery specifically and only for government funded 2 year old places. This means a transition from the current universal service provided by the drop-in into a service that would only cater for eligible 2-year old children. It’s worth mentioning that this is not the demographic that attends the centre at the moment but in no way does it mean that these families are not in need of the overall support that centre has provided thus far in the parents’ quest to bring up well adjusted, happy and blossoming kids.
This majority of current users rely on Micky Star as the centre of their social development for their young children will be displaced with no viable replacement, as they simply do not qualify for funded 2 year old nursery places.
We understand Westminster’s reasoning and motivation for their actions, however there are currently purpose built children’s nurseries within close proximity of the centre that remain empty and unused.
We need as much help and voices as possible to keep our critically need resources at the Mickey Star Children’s Centre open and to encourage Westminster to utilise the empty nurseries without causing unnecessary trauma to families within our community. One of the many steps we are taking is the signing of this online petition. Please, help us have our voices heard!”
You can sign the petition here https://www.change.org/p/westminster-council-keep-mickey-star-drop-in-children-centre-open?recruiter=16867734&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition