Under proposals to save millions of pounds, 14 Children’s Centres across East Sussex, including Crowborough, are set to be ‘de-designated’.
East Sussex County Council are undergoing talks with schools and other providers to take on ten of the centres. If no proposals are approved by January, then these centres will close in April 2020.
Crowborough Children’s Centre is adjacent to the Sixth Form on Beacon Academy’s Green Lane site, the building is presently used by a private nursery.
The proposals will be considered by Cllr Sylvia Tidy, lead member for children and families and Councillor for Crowborough South & St Johns, at a meeting on Monday 7th October. One of the reports to be considered states that Crowborough scores low on measures of deprivation, and there are relatively few families requiring social care interventions.
Stuart Gallimore, Director of Children’s Services, said:
The proposals we are putting forward will help us target support to more than 2,100 families at risk of crisis each year, and around 500 vulnerable young people, and continue to offer support to all families of pre-school children.
The draft strategy was drawn up following an extensive review of how we deliver services. We are grateful to all of those who have given feedback during the consultation period, which has helped us finalise proposals to concentrate on services for the most vulnerable.
The proposals are part of a strategy to save £2.6m from the authority’s children’s services budget. The authority will continue to spend £4.4 million on early years services a year.
As well as Health Visiting services for pre-school children, all families in East Sussex would continue to have access to the School Health Service, the Family Information Service and improved online advice and information about the services offered by the County Council.
Additional services would be maintained where externally funded support is available and a further 200 families will be supported through the Troubled Family Programme.
Details of the meeting and strategy are available on the County Council’s website.