Yesterday at the Coventry Women’s Voices meeting Sam Lyle, who has been leading the fight to save Coventry’s Children’s Centres reported back on some partial successes the campaign has had in gaining some concessions from the council over nursery care.
Today we learn from the Coventry Telegraphthat six children’s centres in Coventry are due to close altogether. The proposal to close centres in Whoberley, Earlsdon, Finham, Wyken, Coundon and Cheylesmore was made at a meeting on Monday night.
Responding to the news Sam Lyle said this morning
‘The council’s rationale behind its choice for which children’s centres could be ear marked for closure is a disgrace the implication being that wealthier parents have a monopoly on good parenting skills, this is deeply insulting to poorer parents. All new parents need support and services in fact parents who are graduates and therefore presumed to be wealthier are often isolated as their jobs have taken them away from family networks and friends are largely in full time work whilst they find themsleves on maternity leave. Parents who currently use these centres have been angered by the slow demise of the services previously offered here, the Council has been running these services into the ground by stealth for some time now. We must stop dividing parents into rich and poor and recognise that their are commonalities of experiences which narrowly targetting and stigmatising services cannot recognise. These suggested closure further promotes social segregation in our city.
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