Childcare at top of council agenda

A SERIES of meetings to discuss childcare in Thurrock are being held in January.

Thurrock Council is responsible for ensuring that childcare is sufficient, sustainable, available and responsive to the needs of working parents for children up to the age of 14 (or 17 for disabled children).

There is also a related duty to secure free early years provision for preschool children aged three and four years.

In 2010 surveys helped develop the Thurrock Draft Childcare Sufficiency Assessment and this draft assessment is now out for consultation.

The draft is available on the council’s website (www.thurrock.gov.uk and follow links to Consultation) until 28 January.

In addition, officers from the council will be available at four events to talk with residents and employers about the report and how to take part in the consultation.

The meetings will be at Thursday, 13 January, at the Thameside Children Centre, Manor Road, Grays, between 8.15am and 10am; Wednesday, 19 January, at the Beacon Children’s Centre, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, between 9am and 11.30am; Saturday, 22 January, at Purfleet Primary School, Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, between 10am and 2pm; and Wednesday, 26 January, at the Flag Ship Children’s Centre, London Road, Tilbury, from 4pm until 6pm.

Residents and employers will be able to make comments on the draft by post, email or at any of the above events.

After the consultation has ended, the main report will be published at the end of March.

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