Issue details

The reduction of early learning and childcare places at Little Owls Firthfields nursery (LCC) and expansion of family services.

To re-locate family services from Garforth Academy (where space is needed to expand school places)  and expand Children’s Centre family services into the Firthfields building with room for Early Start offer 0-19 co-located services.


To remove childcare provision at this nursery which is surplus to demand for childcare in the area which is over provided by private sector nurseries

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: Garforth and Swillington;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/02/2021

Decision due: Not before 15th Mar 2021 by Director of Children and Families

Lead director: Director of Children and Families

Department: Children and Families

Contact: Amanda Ashe, Children’s Centre & Early Start Lead 0113 3784500 Email:

Consultation process

Parents with children at the nursery have been consulted on the proposed changes and supported to secure child care at alternative provision and those accessing family services will also be consulted.

Consultation meetings have taken place with all staff and trade union colleagues.

Ward Members have been briefed and the proposal was accepted by Exec Board in November 2020.


Portfolio Holder: The Executive Member for Children & Families


  • Report to be provided to the decision maker.