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There are a wide range of nursery education and childcare options across Camden. These include children’s centres operated by Camden Council, those run by local primary schools along with independent, voluntary sector and private sector nursery providers.

Beyond nursery education, there are a range of playgroups and independent childminders, while many people rely on friends and relatives for additional support.

To help parents balance work and family life we are offering local people free 25 hour nursery places for 3 and 4 year olds in our own children’s centres and those operated by participating primary schools until at least July 2016. This is ten hours on top of the Government’s 15 hour provision:

This offer is subject to local availability and individual schools’ admissions policies. Applications for September 2015 free nursery places are made directly through the school or children’s centres. To apply for a September 2015 free 25-hour nursery place, please contact your school or children’s centre direct.

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Early years consultation launched

We have launched a borough-wide consultation on changes to early education, childcare and children’s centres, as part of a new Camden Sure Start approach to services for children aged 0 to five and their families.
Building on the principles of the national Sure Start programme, we would continue to invest £25.5 million a year in providing early years services, limiting savings to £1.5 million.
Our aim is to ensure children have the best start in life and for us to focus resources on children and families with the greatest need.
We would provide early education and childcare (nursery) places in all of our current children’s centres but children’s centre services – including drop-in or stay and play sessions – would change. We would spend less on drop-in / stay and play sessions but continue to invest in providing high quality sessions according to local need.
The proposals mean changes to some children’s centre services from 2016 and changes to how families will be able to take up council-provided early education and childcare places, which would begin in September 2015. No children’s centre buildings would close but we would offer a broader range of services, such as health, employment and housing advice, at five lead Camden Sure Start Children’s Centres.

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