Children’s centre staff in the dark over their futures

PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 February 2018

Changes may take place at four children's centres.

Changes may take place at four children's centres.

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Staff working at children’s centres in North Somerset which may close have not been briefed about what could happen to their jobs.

North Somerset Council is proposing cuts to four of its 14 children’s centres.

It may mean two centres will close completely.

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Yatton, Pill, Banwell and Long Ashton may all be affected under the plans.

When asked if children’s centre staff could be briefed on the proposals, council leader Nigel Ashton said: “It has been difficult to go and brief frontline staff on the decision.

“It is difficult to ask people to go and brief members of the public or staff until a decision has been taken.”

He said staff could ‘see what the authority was trying to do’, but admitted there was a lot of concern and confusion over what would happen to the district’s children’s centres.

Outreach services are planned for the villages where children’s centre services are changed.

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