Centres across the district set for a major upheaval

The Northampton Alive event at the Guildhall.  Councillor Heather Smith speaking at the event.
The Northampton Alive event at the Guildhall. Councillor Heather Smith speaking at the event.
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A consultation on the future of children’s centres in the Daventry district has been launched by Northamptonshire County Council (NCC).

The proposal will see a reduction in opening hours of the centres at Long Buckby and Woodford Halse.

However, there will be additional services at places including West Haddon and Crick run by Action for Children. The changes have come after the council’s children services were rated as inadequate by Ofsted.

Deputy leader of the council Heather Smith said: “When we awarded new contracts over the summer to Action for Children and Spurgeons, we asked for a greater emphasis than before on working in communities and with families in their homes.

“This inevitably means that less time is spent in the Children’s Centre buildings so the consultation proposes that we change opening hours. Some buildings would remain as they are, most would see a reduction in the hours they’re open.”

The consultation was launched on Friday and run until Friday, December 19. A final decision will be made by NCC early in the new year.

For further details visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/consultations.