Parents and supporters will be gathering outside the Council House in Victoria Square from 1pm to protest against the threatened closure of 14 Council nurseries. Come and join them!
When the council meeting begins at 2pm councillors supporting the campaign will be handing in the petitions signed by parents and supporters of the 14 Council nurseries at risk of closure.
In Question Time a parent and a supporter will be asking two questions to Councillor CARL Rice, the Cabinet member responsible for the Day Nurseries.
The first question is:
“At the nurseries consultation meetings we were told that there were possible savings that could be made to reduce the deficit without reducing quality of provision. If the savings don’t cover the deficit of each nursery will the Council top up the Nurseries budget to ensure that all 14 Council nurseries remain open?”
And the second question is:
“At the nurseries consultation meetings the officers told us of possible savings that could be made, but no detailed breakdown was provided of the financial situation of each nursery and the possible savings that could be made. Will the Council now provide parents with a full financial statement for each nursery together with proposals for possible savings, and hold a further round of consultation meetings at each nursery so that parents can express their views, before any final report is submitted to councillors?”
In the days and weeks following the Council Meeting parents and supporters will be continuing the campaign by raising the issue at the Save Our Schools meeting on Friday 9 March 10am in the Council House, the two ‘Parents Summits’ sessions on Thursday 15 March at 12pm and 6pm in the Council House, and the upcoming Ward Committee meetings in nursery areas. A date is being arranged for a delegation of parents and supporters to meet with Councillors Carl Rice and Bridget Jones. Meanwhile more councillors and MPs are being contacted to ask for their support.
Keep an eye on the BATC website and Facebook page and the campaign page on Facebook at Save Birmingham Nurseries for regular updates