Brighton’s Bright Start Nursery could be saved by council Brighton News

Bright Start Nursery’s future had been put in jeopardy after budget cuts and concerns about the building.

However, after an outcry of support, councillors will now look into options to save the nursery.

The plans could include relocating the nursery to a nearby site in Brighton city centre.

Cllr Jacob Taylor, deputy leader of the council, shared his delight at helping to save the nursery having attended it as a child.

He said: “I’ve always had a great affection for Bright Start, not only because I attended the nursery as a child, but also because it delivers fantastic and much-needed childcare to our diverse community.

“Bright Start is a setting of sanctuary and provides especially outstanding care for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

“When I became chair of the committee, I asked council officers for options to save Bright Start nursery for the long term without excessive extra costs for the council.


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“We are committed to providing high-quality council-run nurseries in the city to ensure that every child can have the best start in life and to play our role in supporting parents with the cost of living crisis.

“If the preferred option is agreed, moving to the Tarner Family Hub is a perfect solution and give families the stability they need to plan their childcare for the future.”

Bright Start was given a one-year reprieve at the beginning of the year with the decision being described as “staying the executioner’s hand”.

The site is currently based in Barrack Yard in North Road, Brighton, but concerns were raised about the state of the building.

The building would currently need £500,000 of renovations. Instead, the council’s preferred plan is to move the nursery to Ivory Place in the Tarner Family Hub.

Councillors will debate plans for saving the nursery in a meeting on Monday, November 6.

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This notice was published: 2023-10-31 05:00:00

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