BRIEFING

SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE
14 COUNCIL NURSERIES FROM CLOSURE

The Council is planning to close all 14 of its Day Nurseries. This is the recommendation of the
Review of Council Run Day Nurseries for the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 12 December.

It means the 600 children who use the nurseries, which are in some of the poorest areas of the
city, will lose their places, and 120 staff will lose their jobs.

THESE ARE THE 14 NURSERIES
Wards Council Nurseries
Bordesley Green St Benedicts
Bournville Reameadow
Ladywood Ladywood
Lozells and East Handsworth Birchfield, Cherry Tree, Lime Tree
Nechells Bertram, Golden Start
Shard End Kitts Green
Soho Soho, Summerfield
South Yardley Oaklands
Springfield Park Road
Washwood Heath Sunshine

CLOSURE…AND PRIVATISATION FOR SOME?
The buildings will be offered to the private childcare market but there is no guarantee that the
private sector will find them profitable enough to take over, or that they would employ the staff. If
they did, fees for parents would be higher and staff pay and conditions probably worse.
Full closure of the nurseries is planned for the end of August 2018. A consultation will begin in
January with a final decision in April.

WHY THE NURSERIES MUST BE SAVED
The Council report itself acknowledges the damaging impacts of closure:
4.4.2 The potential impacts to closing the nurseries are:
We aim to produce Briefing regularly, each one on a key topic that affects union members and
their families. Often they will be topics that invited speakers cover in our monthly meetings,
open to all. We would be grateful if you could circulate our Briefings to your members.
• Loss of provision locally for children under five and their families in the named wards
across Birmingham if the childcare market does not see a sustainable model for delivery;
• Accessibility of services to existing families if they are moved or relocated to other
nursery providers;
• One hundred and twenty staff redundancies across the fourteen nurseries if the childcare
market does not see a sustainable model for delivery;
• Potential for not meeting the sufficiency duty – which requires the Local Authority to
secure sufficient early years provision;
• Implications for other services currently co-located in council buildings currently
delivering nursery services.

THE COUNCIL’S PRIORITY MUST BE FAMILIES MOST IN NEED
The planned closures are of course the result of the Government’s ongoing savage cuts in the
Council’s budget. But that doesn’t excuse the Council – it’s a question of priorities.
The amount of money needed to keep the 14 open is a tiny proportion of the Council’s budget and
the closures would contribute towards further widening of the huge equality gap in the city at the
expense of families in the poorest areas.

PARENTS AND UNIONS JOIN TOGETHER TO CAMPAIGN TO SAVE
THE NURSERIES
The campaign has started, begun by parents at the Park Road Nursery in Sparkhill and the local
Kashmiri Women’s Council. The campaign is now city-wide, calling for all 14 Council Nurseries to
kept open.

The campaign is backed by GMB, NEU-NUT and Unison staff unions and Birmingham Trades Union
Council, Birmingham Against the Cuts and People’s Assembly.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
 Sign the petition at https://www.change.org/p/birmingham-city-council-save-our-14-
community-nurseries-from-closure-birmingham (just search for Birmingham Nurseries
petition)
 Come to the next Campaign Planning Meeting – email bkwc_uk@yahoo.com for details
 Go to your local Council nursery – speak to parents and staff – get them involved
 Raise the issue in your local political party branch, your trade union, your community
organisation, calling on the Council to think again

HOW TO FIND OUT MORE
• For the Council plans visit the Council meetings website for 12 December at Cabinet
Agenda Pack – Public – 12122017
• Visit the Birmingham Against the Cuts website and the Birmingham Trades Union Council
website for regular news of the campaign
• Contact the British Kashmiri Women’s Council in Sparkhhill at bkwc_uk@yahoo.com.