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Coalition Government's £1.5m cut to Kirklees childcare groups - find out if your child's group won't be getting money to buy toys this year

THE Examiner has uncovered full details of Huddersfield childcare groups hit by a Government funding cut.

THE Examiner has uncovered full details of Huddersfield childcare groups hit by a Government funding cut.

Earlier this month we revealed that dozens of playgroups, nurseries and self-employed childminders would lose out on new toys and equipment.

But Kirklees Council initially refused to name most of the groups affected by the £1.5m cut imposed by central Government.

The Examiner used the Freedom of Information Act to request the details.

Yesterday Kirklees responded with the information.

Among the groups to lose out on funding are:

Mulberry Bush Pre-school based at Almondbury High School, which was due to receive £23,000 for outdoor play development

Slaithwaite Playgroup and Toddlers, which was meant to get £11,000 for toilet improvements

Jack and Jill’s Nursery in Golcar, which was supposed to get £12,000 for a canopy and outdoor resources

Al-Nasiha Childcare in Birkby, which was meant to receive £20,000 for outdoor development

Hey Days Nursery in Holmfirth, which was due to receive £7,000 for outdoor development

Lanefields Nursery in Skelmanthorpe, which was meant to get £28,000 to develop outdoor play

Overall, Kirklees revealed £911,000 of the cuts this week.

Nineteen of the 23 council wards are affected and 41 self-employed childminders have been hit by the cuts.

Earlier this month, the council told the Examiner about more than £500,000 of the £1.5m cut – including £270,000 for improvements to Darul Arqum Nursery in Batley and a £260,000 grant for improvements to Brownhill Parish Childcare Centre in Birstall.

The cuts were sprung on Kirklees at short notice last month.

On July 6 the Department for Education emailed councils about the Sure Start Early Years and Childcare Grant.

Civil servants gave local authorities just eight days to produce a list of all projects where a contract was yet to be signed.

The Government has given Kirklees £8.4m in the past three years to improve the equipment and premises of playgroups, nurseries and self-employed childminders.

Most of the funding, which runs from 2008 to 2011, has either been spent or promised to childcare providers in written contracts.

But the Department for Education is trying to claw back money which is yet to be formally signed-off.

On August 11 the Examiner carried the story of Bev Senior, one of nine self-employed childminders from Golcar who had lost out on funding.

She applied for £4,845 of new play equipment – but is likely to end up with nothing.

Full list of childcare providers on next page.

THE list of groups to lose out is as follows (includes individual child minders):

Mulberry Bush, Pre-school, Almondbury -£23,044.57 for outdoor play; Les Enfants, Almondbury - £17,499.17 for play resources; Rowley Lane Pre School, Lepton - £19,983.51 for storage, canopy, outdoor play; Reach OOSC, Almondbury - £7,873.68 for outdoor play; Childminder, Ashbrow - £6,428.83 for outdoor play; Dale House Independent School, Batley - £19,105.47 for outdoor play; Batley Grammar School & Priestley House - £24,633.08 for outdoor play storage and resources; Staincliffe & Healey Children's Centre, Batley -£15,000.00; Childminder, Birstall - £3,797.45; Childminder, Birstall & Birkenshaw - £3,082.34 for outdoor play & storage;, Childminder, Birstall & Birkenshaw - £4,589.65 for storage; Childminder, Birstall & Birkenshaw - £3,128.82 for play resources;Batley Sports & Tennis Club - £12,330.47 for outdoor development; Helen Howes Nursery, Birstall - £31,781.72 for premises; Childminder, Birstall & Birkenshaw - £2,691.81; childminder,Birstall & Birkenshaw - £3,158.61.Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre -£9,358.75 for resources; Childminder, Cleckheaton - £3,170.80; Bush Babies, Cleckheaton -£12,733.11; Cornfields Day Nursery,Colne Valley - £35,465.67 for outdoor development and resources;Slaithwaite playgroup & Toddlers -

£11,410.00 for toilet and resources; Stepping Stones Nursery, Colne Valley - £22,363.13 for outdoor storage, canopies and play resources; childminder, Colne Valley -£9,225.15 for outdoor play; childminder,Colne Valley - £4,962.26 for outdoor play; childminder,Colne Valley - £3,396.21;childminder Colne Valley - £2,545.89; childminder Colne Valley - £4,245.86; childminder Dalton - £4,382.79 for indoor and outdoor resources; childminder Dalton - £5,900.00 for downstairs toilet and accessible outdoor play area; childminder Dalton - £4,779.48 for storage; childminder Dalton - £4,649.58

for outdoor play resources. Childminder Denby Dale

£4,451.14; childminder Denby Dale - £3,410.37 for outdoor and indoor development; childminder Denby Dale £3,146.56 for outdoor play; Hawthornes Nursery, Denby Dale - £33,981.44 for resources; Skelmanthorpe Community Pre school playgroup - £19,998.61for outdoor play; Lanefields Nursery, Denby Dale- £28,659.97 for outdoor play; childminder Denby Dale £3,347.68 for storage shed and play resources; childminder Denby Dale - £3,293.35 for play resources; childminder Denby Dale - £4,353.30 for storage shed, play resources; Kayes Out Of School Club, Clayton West - £4,637.68;Paradise Primary School,Dewsbury South £35,145.68;St John's Under 5's Playgroup,Dewsbury - £17,751.99; Eversleigh Nursery, Mirfield -£27,248.25 for Outdoor Development; childminder Golcar - £4,845.50; childminder Golcar - £4,929.39; childminder Golcar - £4,468.33; childminder Golcar - £3,741.38; Jitterbugs Day Nursery, Golcar - £30,983.98 for o0utdoor storage, canopies and play resources. Childminder Golcar £4,096.27; childminder Golcar £4,930.22; Jack & Jill’s Day Nursery, Golcar - £12,811.00 for canopy and outdoor resources; Kindercastle Day Nursery, Greenhead -£3,284.64; Al Nasiha, Greenhead - £20,000.00 for outdoor play; childminder Heckmondwike - £5,510.95; childminder Heckmondwike - £4,504.17; Whitelee Playgroup , Heckmondwike - £20,905.97; Bridge Out Of School Club, Heckmondwike - £15,959.13; Hey Days Nursery, Holme Valley - £7,332.00;

Netherthong Wraparound - £12,251.21; Meltham pre school -£30,000.00; Little Acorns, Meltham - £25,857.78; Little Explorers, Holme Valley South - £6,318.20 for awning, indoor and outdoor resources; childminder Holme Valley South - £4,956.92 for play resources; Looby Loos, Holme Valley South - £24,776.53;childminder, Holme Valley South - £6,711.25;childminder, Holme Valley South - £3,625.25;Kirkburton Pre-school - £8,706.89 for outdoor storage and resources; childminder Kirkburton - £4,559.99; childminder Lindley - £5,468.94; childminder Lindley - £4,853.48 for outdoor play; Roberttown Community Centre Pre-school - £20,562.46

for toilets and storage; childminder Liversedge - £5,604.34; Little Gems Out of School Club Liversedge - £11,142.95;childminder Liversedge -£4,650.00; childminder Mirfield - £3,710.65 for outdoor play & storage; Newsome Pre-school Playgroup - £12,548.45

for outdoor play; Berry Brow Pre-school Playgroup - £10,352.96; childminder Newsome - £5,016.83 for storage & resources.

 

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