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Nursery in Barking to expand with 40 extra places

PUBLISHED: 10:40 18 February 2016

Cllr Evelyn Carpenter said the expansion of the Barking nursery would help it become more independent

Cllr Evelyn Carpenter said the expansion of the Barking nursery would help it become more independent

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Councillors have agreed to use a £1million grant to expand Abbey Children’s Centre.

The expansion will involve the creation of 40 new places to be used from September this year.

The council also plans to outsource John Perry Children’s Centre Day Nursery to a private, voluntary or independent sector provider.

Cabinet member for schools and education Cllr Evelyn Carpenter welcomed the decision, telling cabinet members it would help the Barking nursery become more independent.

“It’s now been proposed that we expand the Abbey Children’s Centre nursery which would make it completely self-financing and retain it within the council,” she said. “Staff from John Perry Children’s Centre who have not found employment will be redeployed to Abbey to fill the vacancies required.”

The expansion, which was approved at Barking Town Hall during a cabinet meeting on Monday last week, was agreed after a failed attempt to outsource both of the council-run nurseries, which resulted in interested providers pulling out of the deal.


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