Job cuts ‘won’t affect children’

CHILDCARE services in the district will not be affected by any county council cuts next year, Daventry’s children’s champion has claimed.

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) is trying to slash its budget by nearly £100 million for 2012/13. As part of that, it is considering scaling back its early years and childcare service when it announces its budget.

The service covers areas including SureStart centres, the Two Year Old programme which provides free childcare places for vulnerable children and the county toy library scheme. It also provides support for children with special educational needs.

Draft proposals indicate the service, which employs almost 30 people, will be restructured with the loss of 13 full-time posts. Those under threat are support staff at County Hall who give advice on curriculum matters.

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