Slough’s Labour cabinet have approved a plan increase the number of places for Slough’s youngest children, which will ensure there are enough early years places for children right across the borough from this summer.
Slough has a growing population and in certain areas it looks like demand would outstrip supply. Our children’s centres are providing an excellent service and their work in their communities is second to none, but they can’t do it all and by working in partnership we will be able to provide innovative solutions to the supply challenges we face.
Some of the areas where there may be insufficient places include the wards of Upton, Cippenham Meadows, Central and Chalvey. The promotion of child care as a career path for residents is also a focus of development with the council’s workforce strategy.
The creation of 400 new places will hopefully mean in Slough demand is met
Councillor Shabnum Sadiq, lead member for children and education, said:
“It is excellent Slough parents are taking up the free child care places for the hours they are on offer because every survey shows this early years education can be vital for children, their education, development, social abilities and future educational attainment.”