A leading councillor who attended a city nursery as a child has welcomed plans that could save the childcare provision.
Councillor Jacob Taylor, who grew up in Brighton, has said he is delighted Bright Start could continue to provide care for children.
The nursery is currently based in the converted Slipper Baths within the Prince Regent swimming complex. It was planned for closure last year as part of budget savings and due to the building being unsuitable for nursery provision.
However, after feedback from parents and carers who use the nursery, plus other residents, it was given a one-year reprieve.
Councillors will now discuss five options for the future of Bright Start at a meeting of the Children, Families and Schools committee on Monday 6 November.
‘Bright Start delivers fantastic childcare’
Councillor Taylor, who is now joint chair of the committee is overjoyed the nursery, located in one of the most disadvantaged areas of the city, could now be saved through one of the options.
The preferred option is to provide a permanent, smaller nursery just a few hundred metres away in the council’s Tarner Family Hub on Ivory Place that would continue to meet the needs of the majority of families who currently use Bright Start.
Councillor Taylor said: “I’ve always had a great affection for Bright Start, not only because I attended the nursery as a child, but also because it delivers fantastic and much-needed childcare to our diverse community.
"Bright Start is a setting of sanctuary and provides especially outstanding care for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
‘Perfect solution for families’
“When I became chair of the committee, I asked council officers for options to save Bright Start nursery for the long term without excessive extra costs for the council.
"We are committed to providing high quality council-run nurseries in the city to ensure that every child can have the best start in life and to play our role in supporting parents with the cost of living crisis.
“If the preferred option is agreed, moving to the Tarner Family Hub is a perfect solution and give families the stability they need to plan their childcare for the future."