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Council recommended to keep children's centres open

Council recommended to keep children's centres open

Nicola Hine

Council recommended to keep children's centres open

All Sure Start children's centres should be kept open and operational.

That is the recommendation on a report by the council's children's services directorate which is set to be put to the Royal Borough cabinet tomorrow night. It follows a consultation on the future of under-fives children's services in Windsor and Maidenhead.

Nearly 1,000 responses to the questionnaire sent out were received and a report will be discussed at a meeting at Windsor Guildhall.

But detailed options for the future management of the centres will be discussed during the second part of the meeting - from which the public are excluded.

The consultation was launched in January after the council announced it was considering closing some centres and introducing fees for parents in a bid to reduce the £1.4m annual cost of the services.

An e-petition in support of the South Ascot Children's Centre is also due to be considered at the meeting.

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