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Children and Community Services Department

Mary Paterson Nursery School 13 Riverton Close Off Ashmore Road London W9 3DS Tel: 020 7641 5804 020 7641 5649 email: office@marypatersonnurseryschool.co.uk

Dear Parents and Friends, Westminster City Council is proposing to stop funding all full time places in its nursery schools and nursery classes from September 2015. Schools will then have to choose between charging parents for any hours over the 15 hours the Government is funding or only providing part time places. We at Mary Paterson Nursery school believe this is a bad proposal for the following reasons:  The loss of full time places would damage young children’s all round education. When children have full time places at nursery, they are able to develop their intellectual, physical and creative skills in a secure and familiar environment, with adults who know them very well. This helps them make a smooth transition to school.  Mary Paterson nursery school welcomes children from many different social, economic, religious, linguistic and ethnic backgrounds. This diversity makes our school a warm and vibrant place where children learn to live in harmony. If full time places were only available to families able to pay for them, that would immediately be excluding an important sector of our community. The school would be poorer for this  Charging would also increase disadvantage for summer born children. If parents have to pay for full time places, how many would defer entry to reception? If you share our concerns at this proposal, we ask you to contact your local ward councillors and tell them how you feel about this. If you have friends, family, neighbours with babies and young children, let them know by passing this letter onto them as well so they can let councillors know what they want. I attach a list of your local councillors to the back of this letter. Do write to them, there are local elections in May, now is the time to act! Do come and talk to me if you want to know more. Sylvie

Councillor Aiken, Nicola Argar, Edward Boothroyd, David Bush, Ruth Dimoldenberg, Paul Hug, Adam McAllister, Patricia McKie, Guthrie Mukerji, Nilavra Qureshi, Papya Taylor, Barrie

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