Councillors Rita Begum and Patricia McAllister outside Queen’s Park children’s centre with angry child minders who have been told by Westminster city council they can no longer use the drop in service.
Westminster Council has banned childminders’ children from attending ‘Stay and Play’ drop-in sessions at Children’s Centres. Following cuts to the Council’s Play service earlier this year, the Council has now written to parents to say:
“As places at Stay and Play sessions are limited we do need to prioritise children living in Westminster attending with parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles and can no longer admit childcare professionals during these sessions”
This follows Westminster Conservatives decision to cut £1,339,000 from Children’s Centres, Play and Youth Services over the three years from 2014/15 – 2017/18.