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Save our nursery - Brighouse parents and toddlers bid to stop council axe falling on them

A CAMPAIGN to save a nursery from council cuts is appealing for help.

Wellholme Childrens Centre Nursery in Brighouse

A CAMPAIGN to save a nursery from council cuts is appealing for help.

Parents with children at Wellholme Children’s Centre nursery in Brighouse are worried that cutting a council subsidy will leave working parents worse off.

And tomorrow, they’re asking people to go Wellholme Park in Brighouse at 10.30am to support the cause and sign a petition opposing Calderdale Council’s plans.

Helen Fulcher, whose son Daniel, four, attends the nursery, said: “There will be an awful lot of parents affected if the council removes its subsidy.

“We know there are 70 children on the roll at Wellholme and I think every one of them will have some difficult choices to make if the council goes ahead with this.

“The council has an odd way of working out if you are deprived based on the street you live on.

“Family A in the right postcode on benefits might get help but family B in the wrong postcode but on the same benefits might not get help.

“They are not taking into account the family’s needs, but where they live.”

Calderdale Council has listed six nurseries outside of Halifax to have subsidy removed, including Field Lane in Rastrick and one in Elland and Sowerby Bridge, as well as the one at Brighouse.

It’s part of wider cost-cutting measures and if backed will come into force in August 2013.

The move comes despite the authority being given a Government boost of £1.4m to provide funding for 15 hours a week free nursery provision for two-year-olds.

Helen added: “With over 11% of the children at Wellholme Nursery having special needs and families in vulnerable circumstances, this closure will impact on local families.”

It’s thought it will affect parents who work but who don’t earn enough money to pay for the same level of Outstanding-rated childcare elsewhere.

Clr Scott Benson, a Brighouse ward councillor, said: “The removal of council subsidy will have a devastating effect on the children and nurseries.”

Clr Colin Stout added: “It has been a lifeline for lots of parents, the subsidy has meant parents can go into work and afford to send their child to nursery.

“Taking it away means parents might be better off not working, their child won’t interact with other children – this is not a situation we should be promoting.”

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