Hannah left a comment on this blog which really deserves more prominence. So here we go. Please sign it and forward it:

We have started a petition against the cuts. Please visit this website and take a stand –

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-haringey-childrens-centres-petition-to-rt-hon-michael-gove-mp/

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There’s a good summary of the newly announced cuts in the Ham & High. Apparently Early Years and Children’s Centre face a cut of 6.5 million. Great.

Click here to read the article. But let me warn you it makes very depressing reading.

And Mrs Baldwin has posted an update on mumsnet regarding the children’s Centres and nurseries. Click here for more info

So – it’s all happening but we don’t know exactly what. And Mrsbaldwin seems to suggest that all children’s centres will stay open..well …forgive my scepticism – I believe it when I see it.

They probably stay open if we run them ourselves in the spirit of the Big Society. Yay ! Anyone fancies running a play session in their local children’s centre after work ? I am free between 8 pm and 9pm on monday evenings. You don’t mind that I collapse with exhaustion while I am minding your children, do you?

Guys – I’m exhausted. Motherhood and working life does not leave me with much time/energy/desire to blog or monitor the cuts. It’s all so depressing.

But just to let you know that Mrs Baldwin has done a stirling job and dug up some info regarding Haringey Children’s Centres and posted it on mumsnet.

Here’s what she said:

“LB Haringey published their budget proposals yesterday, here:
www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID= 19577

Item 61 says:
“Early Years and Childcare – This currently enables us to support and deliver 18 children’s centres and our statutory obligations regarding quality and access. The children’s centre programme, management , administration and commissioning of services will be reduced and services targeted to the most vulnerable families. The Family Information Service will also be integrated into the new early years structure.

“This will result in a reduction to the number of centres designated as providing the core children’s centre offer; those that are resourced to provide the full core offer will be targeted at those areas of most need in line with the original programme intentions.”

There are also some numbers:
In £’000s
2011/12 – £5236
2112/13 – £1, 283
No figure at all in the 2013/14 column

This may mean a huge drop in funding and various closures, redundancies etc between 2011 and 2012, although I need to check I have understood the spreadsheet right.

I am planning to ask the Council this week what they think all this will mean in practice and will post anything interesting here” [on mumsnet]