Councillor Brian Laming asked Jackie to visit Badger Farm Pre School with him this week.County Councillor Phil Bailey and City Councillor Lynda Bannister joined them. They had a look at the group’s facilities and enjoyed their Christmas decorations!
As the Chairman of the Community Centre, Brian wants to make sure the Centre supports the group in their excellent work as the local pre school for Badger Farm. Jackie is a Pre school trustee herself, and as the Lib Dem spokesperson for children, knows about the new challenge of providing places for the 2-3 year old age group.
Jackie says”As the County’s spokesperson for children, aware of nearly 2000 children in Winchester district in families struggling financially, I know how important it is to roll out these places.
I know families who really need them, and it’s difficult if the space is too far from home- or in the opposite direction to a sibling’s school place. We must make it easy for every pre school to accept local children where they can.”
Jackie has asked County staff to tell her how many spaces are needed in the area now and next year, and enquired about any extra funding and training that is available for all pre schools.