As part of their proposed cuts to Early Years Services for pre-school children, Camden Council plan to close two directly-funded Children's Centres in the Borough.
One of these is Acol Children's Centre in Acol Road, London NW6, an 'outstanding' Ofsted-rated, centre with nearly 25 years' history serving the community of South and West Hampstead, Kilburn and surrounding areas.
Hundreds of local children have received wonderful pre-school care and education at Acol, and it continues to be hugely popular and over-subscribed, with six children on the waiting list for every place available.
We feel very strongly that there is a continuing and ever-growing demand in the area for the kind of affordable and high-quality childcare Acol provides, and are campaigning to persuade Camden Council to change their minds and keep it open for our community.
We, the undersigned, call upon Camden Council to keep Acol Children's Centre open as a directly-funded facility.
We urge the Council to consider the following factors when deciding whether or not to select Acol for closure:
* the extremely high, ongoing demand for childcare for 0-5 year olds in the area;
* the outstanding quality of care and Early Years education provided by Acol Children's Centre;
* its long history and deep community ties;
* the future of the children currently at the Centre, and of the loyal and dedicated staff who work there.
Furthermore we must be sure that the process of consultation due to begin in February 2011 is a real, open and honest one involving genuine dialogue with parents, carers, staff and other stakeholders, and the potential for a change of course which will save Acol from closure.
The Save Acol Children's Centre petition to London Borough of Camden was written by Penny Liechti and is in the category Local Government at GoPetition.