In July, the SU was informed that the Nursery’s future was at stake. Within a month, LSE had made the decision to bring forward the closure of the Nursery to September without formal consultation. This has forced student parents to find alternative provision for their children at incredibly short notice.
The School claims that due to the ongoing pandemic, they are unable to invest in a new space for the Nursery. The SU believes that this is a pretext to cut down its general childcare commitments long-term, which LSE has tried to do several times previously. The most recent attempt was in 2015, but was staved off by a previous SU campaign. It is our view that the School’s actions speak volumes about LSE’s attitudes to childcare and gender inequality in the workplace.
Laura Goddard, the SU Community and Welfare Officer said:
“LSE’s decision to close its Nursery after nearly fifty years of operation is a disastrous move that will hit women and student parents the hardest. It is a cost-saving exercise, made during the height of a pandemic. As a community we must act to reverse this decision and reinstate accessible, affordable childcare on campus.”
LSE must provide a new, on-campus Nursery for students and staff by Summer 2021
LSE must reinstate the Nursery discount of 50% for students
LSE must secure emergency childcare provision for the 20/21 academic year
LSE must invest into making its campus more child and parent friendly
Show your support for the #SaveOurNursery campaign by signing the petition here.
Email - Laura Goddard, SU Community and Welfare Officer