begins on proposed shake-up of Children's Centres
with young children who benefit from free Children's Centre services
in the Burnham-On-Sea area may soon have to pay for some sessions
if proposed changes come into effect.
Centre services are currently provided free of charge at 151 venues
across Somerset, including 41 Children's Centres, such as the
Octopus Children's Centre in Burnham-On-Sea (pictured) and Highbridge
Somerset County Council, which is responsible for the service,
has begun a public consultation to identify areas where it can
cut costs because some centres in the county are underperforming.
centres could close altogether and the consultation document also
says that the council is considering running some Children's Centre
services from different venues in local areas, instead of from
current Children's Centre buildings.
include sharing buildings such as village halls, libraries or
GP surgeries to keep costs down and asking families to pay for
some services in the form of 'stay and play' sessions.
spokesman for Somerset County Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are in the process of a public consultation that will
last until mid November and no decisions will be made until that
has been completed."
and members of the public can provide us with their views by visiting
http://www.somersetconsults.org.uk/consult.ti and completing
our on-line questionnaire."
recommendation, based on the results of the consultation, will
be put forward to the county council's Cabinet during November
and the results will be available in December.