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Swallow Playgroup faces council funding cuts for early years

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Swallow Playgroup is facing a reduction in financial backing by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

The playgroup, providing support for children with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) for 45 years, is due to have their fully funded placements cut in the council’s new budget.

This news came to the group recently after they received around £50,000 from the council for site upgrades.

MP Alun Cairns has publicly displayed support for Swallow Playgroup after discussing the issue with parents and staff.

Mr Cairns said: “Swallow Playgroup is a fantastic facility with staff and services that truly go above and beyond to provide life-changing support for children.

“The Vale Council must review this decision.

“Swallow’s is a key facility in the Western Vale and they have my support.”

He wrote to the council and received a response from Cllr Rhiannon Birch who said that the council launched a consultation on January 18, but this is disputed by the playgroup.

Cllr Birch wrote: “We are of course aware that the decision to cease funding early years education places at Swallow has been very disappointing for its management, staff and a number of parents. I wish to assure you that the matter was given full consideration at all levels in the Council.”

Playgroup manager Tracy O’Callaghan said: “I am still shocked and saddened that after years of working together the Vale Council would make such a huge decision without any consultation with myself or my team.”

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