Community Nurseries to remain open says Mayor Lutfur Rahman

4 December 2014

National Deaf Children’s Society’s response to the Office of the Mayor of Tower Hamlets announcing that the Community Nurseries,  including Overland Children’s Centre which provides support for deaf children, will remain open 

Brian Gale, Director of Policy and Campaigns says:

“This is great news for deaf children and their families in Tower Hamlets who depend on Overland Children’s Centre. Keeping the nursery open will mean young deaf children and their families continue to receive the specialist support they need to do well and thrive when they start school. We know that half of deaf children in England currently leave primary school without meeting the Government’s expected targets in reading, writing and maths so specialist support is vital.

“We would like to thank the Mayor of Tower Hamlets for listening and responding positively to the concerns of both the parents and the Tower Hamlets Deaf Children’s Society.  We would also like to thank the parents who campaigned to keep the nursery open not only for their own children, but for the future generations of deaf children in Tower Hamlets.”

For further information please contact Robin Robinson on 020 7014 1146 or email 

Notes to Editors

• The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and their families.

• The National Deaf Children’s Society has family support services available to help parents of deaf children throughout the UK in resolving any concerns or issues over their child’s education.

• Deafness is not a learning disability and, given the right support and effective teaching, there is no reason why most deaf children cannot achieve as much as other children.

• There are more than 45,000 deaf children in the UK, including 6,110 in London. The National Deaf Children’s Society helps deaf children and young people thrive by providing impartial, practical and emotional support to them and their families, and by challenging governments and society to meet their needs.

• The National Deaf Children’s Society believes that every deaf child should be valued and included by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.

• For more information visit  For further support, parents can contact the National Deaf Children’s Society Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880 (voice and text), email, or chat online at

• The Equality Act 2010 places a duty on local authorities to consider the need to promote equality of opportunity for deaf children.

• The Children and Families Act 2014 and associated statutory guidance (the SEND Code of Practise), sets out the duties local authorities have to meet the special education needs for deaf children.