Following detailed negotiation, the Trustees of Little Stars Children’s Services Ltd and Lambeth Council have agreed that, in return for appropriate financial consideration, Little Starz Children’s Services will surrender the lease of the building at Benton’s Lane to Lambeth Council.
This will allow them to move forward with the process of liquidating the company and making payment of outstanding debts owed to former employees and parents. Lambeth Council is assured that this will happen at the earliest opportunity and all parties are working extremely hard to complete the transaction as soon as possible.
Lambeth Council will bring the building back into full use for the delivery of childcare and children’s centre services as soon as is practicable. The Council and Little Starz Children’s Services Ltd are very pleased to have reached this agreement and to be able to recommence service delivery from the building to meet the needs of local children and families.
The trustees of Little Starz nursery have announced they will close their West Norwood & Kennington sites on Friday 27th September 2013 .
The council has withdrawn funding for the free 15 hours per week early learning time for three and four year olds following OFSTED childcare inspections at both the Kennington and the Norwood sites where the judgements were ’inadequate’. The council has an obligation to stop funding ‘inadequate’ childcare providers.
Parents have received a list of vacancies at nurseries in the area and the local Families Information Service (FIS) will speak to parents individually about alternative childcare – e-mail email@example.com or phone FIS on 0845 601 5317.
To read the Ofsted report for Little Starz childcare at West Norwood see http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/EY300252
Lambeth Council supports a wide range of high quality childcare providers in the borough and prioritises the safeguarding of the welfare of the children. The coalition government tried to water down childcare staffing standards set by the Labour government but was forced to make a U-turn after pressure from families and childcare providers.