AT a visit to the Willow Garden Day Nursery (WGDN) in Chadwell,St Mary Polly Billington said: “It’s fantastic to see good facilities like this where children are happy and their parents can be confident they are safe. But we know there simply isn’t enough help with looking after children for working parents in Thurrock.
And parents really struggle with the cost too. That’s why I am calling for 25 hours free childcare a week for 3 and 4 year olds whose parents are working. That would benefit 1500 children in the Thurrock constituency. So many parents tell me they struggle to juggle work and family responsibilities because of cost and shortage of places. We need some inventive answers to this problem: so that’s why I am asking all parents in Thurrock to help me find some new solutions for hard-pressed mums and dads.”
Willow Nursery in Chadwell St Mary is expanding because of demand for its services and will provide care for 2-5 year olds at its new site, Whitmore Hall Day Nursery (WHDN) . Owner Andy Melbourne says: “We have families from across the community coming to our nursery, and are thrilled we can offer spaces to more children, in an environment where they can learn as they play. We know there is a shortage of childcare provision in Thurrock so it’s great that Polly is keen to find solutions that work for Thurrock parents, and will speak up to make them happen.”
Are you struggling to cover childcare costs? Have you found it hard to get the childcare you need? Do you work in childcare – what’s your view? Please contact Polly; firstname.lastname@example.org