We are currently seeking your views on our proposals to make changes to the number of children’s centres across the borough, and the way in which children’s centres services could be delivered in the future. This consultation is running from 3 December 2018 to 10 February 2019

We’re being forced to make changes to our children’s centres due to central government cuts. Despite the financial challenge, we are committed to:

  • Staying local – keeping centres accessible and open for the most number of families possible.

  • Protecting the vulnerable – ensuring that we continue to provide services that support the families who are in the greatest need

  • Long-term value for money – ensuring services are efficiently run and fit for the future.

We believe our proposals will help to deliver on these principles, by keeping 18 children’s centres across our borough and meaning we have a network of excellent centres continuing to provide sustainable early years services.

While this is not an easy decision, we believe that these proposals will ensure the best possible early years services for the highest number of children despite our financial challenge, and retain our commitment to giving every child in Lambeth the best start in life.

Take a look at our Childrens Centre Consultation Booklet for more information on our proposals.

How to respond

We want to hear your views on our proposals and you can share them with us by:

Completing our online survey:

Or you can:

Collect a consultation booklet from any of our Children’s Centres and complete the consultation form in the middle of the booklet. You can complete the form and either:

  • Drop the completed form into the box provided at each Children’s Centre
  • Or mail it back to the address below:
London Borough of Lambeth
Children’s Centres Consultation
Engagement and Consultation Team
Policy and Communications
PO Box 734
WINCHESTER
SO23 5DG

You can also have your say by attending one of our children's centre's drop-in events. Session details are below:

We will be working with our Children’s Centre staff to organise meetings in each of the proposed cluster areas. You will be able to talk to us about the proposals and ask any questions you have, as well as joining in group discussions.

Meetings will take place during December and January and children’s centres will display information on the dates as they are agreed. We will also display these dates on this website once available.

The consultation will close at midnight on Sunday 10 February 2019, following which we will consider all the responses received.

We will then publish an updated set of proposals which will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet.

It is the Council’s Cabinet who will make the final decision. After the Cabinet makes its decision we will let you know the outcome and how the decision will be implemented.

Below is the current timeline we are working to. If there are any changes to this we will update you.

  • Consultation opens: 3 December 2018
  • Consultation closes: 10 February 2019
  • Updated proposals published: 20 March 2019
  • Decision made by Council’s Cabinet: 1 April 2019
  • Start of implementation of decision: September 2019

Making sure everyone can access our online consultations is important to us. We hold consultation drop-in sessions on the last Tuesday of each month at Lambeth Town Hall. If you want to find out more or need access to the internet to complete a consultation, then come along and meet our team.