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RCT Labour Council trying to circumvent legal process

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It appears from various sources including parents on the Facebook page opposed to the nursery cuts that Rhondda Cynon Taff Labour controlled Council, rather than showing any sign of contrition over the recent judicial review ruling against their proposed nursery cuts, are actually trying to find ways around it.
Redundancy notices were being hand delivered to teaching staff on Friday evening - the day on which the judgement was announced, and the last day on which redundancy notices could be served to take effect for the new school year in September.
Not content with that the Council appear to have decided to implement a capping policy on nursery admission in some schools. One parent describes feeling "devastated to receive notification from RCT that there is no place for my daughter at Tonyrefail Primary School to start Nursery in January, since they have had to enforce the cap to 47."
Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell says the Council's actions are "unconscionable."
"The judgement made against them last week was very clear - they had acted unlawfully in the way they made their decision to cut nursery education for three year olds from full to part time.
"There was no consideration given to the existence of alternative child care in the area and no acknowledgement of their legal obligations to do so. They were completed torn apart in court and the only outcome, as the parents had a right to expect, should have been a return to the status quo with no changes to the admissions policy.
"That aside their treatment of staff has been nothing short of disgusting. This is not the way to treat hard working staff who have devoted significant time and energy to the education of children in their care, or indeed any staff. They ought to be ashamed of themselves."
Some parents have been told there will be no room for their children and coldly referred to a list of 'alternative providers.' The Council have a statutory duty to provide at least 10 hours early years placements for 3 year olds either in a nursery school setting or elsewhere if there are deemed to be insufficient places there.
Karen Roberts, RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager, Chairs the Cwmclydach Development Trust which runs a Day Care Nursery in Clydach Vale. She has expressed concern all along that the alternative provision is just not out there.
"There is an acknowledged lack of childcare provision in Rhondda Cynon Taff. It is one of the reasons for the Judge's decision - that they had not considered that as part of their overall responsibility.
"Day Care providers may not be in a position to take the extra children as they have their staffing ratios to consider and it may not be financially viable for them to take one or two extra on a part time basis.
"Also there is the question of where these alternative providers located? Parents may be offered part timed places but in a location too far from home to make it viable. RCT Council are obviously trying to circumvent the legal process by any means they can."

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