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Great Yarmouth Community Trust update - important meetings for Norfolk parents and staff

29 November 2019

Frontline staff affected by the insolvency of Great Yarmouth Community Trust are being encouraged to sign up for meetings next week (week commencing Monday 2 December) in respect of employment at Horatio House school and new council-run Norfolk nurseries.

Registration can be completed by logging onto www.norfolk.gov.uk/gyctstaff. Once registered, former staff will be contacted and invited to a meeting on Tuesday 4 December to discuss new employment. The council is hopeful of offering new jobs to the vast majority of individuals.

Norfolk County Council is also holding three drop-in sessions for parents in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston on Wednesday 4 December. These will focus on offering support and information about finding alternative childcare while we work on getting nursery provision up and running.

The council has established a company which aims to replace the Norfolk nursery places lost as a result of the Great Yarmouth Community Trust going into liquidation. Work is being done as quickly as possible to urgently increase the availability of childcare and early education in the area. The aim is for some nurseries to be up and running by mid-December.

Updates on this will be given at the drop-ins and also posted on a dedicated web page at www.norfolk.gov.uk.

We have a dedicated helpline for Norfolk families on 01603 306300. Parents in Suffolk should visit the Suffolk County Council website or call 0345 6080033.

More information about the GYCT closures and what to do next can also be found on our Great Yarmouth Community Trust nursery information pages.

What is Norfolk County Council’s role?

Norfolk County Council does not run Great Yarmouth Community Trust, which is a longstanding Norfolk charity which has supported many children and families over the years.

The county council does not normally run nurseries and does not enter into contracts with them. It passes on funding from the government for free places for two-to-four-year-olds.

We have a role in ensuring there are sufficient childcare places in each Norfolk community. Because the Trust was responsible for such a high proportion of nursery provision in Great Yarmouth, the council is stepping in on this occasion.

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