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Sara-Jo Cooper, The Works, Sowerby Bridge with her daughter Ellis aged three.

Sara-Jo Cooper, The Works, Sowerby Bridge with her daughter Ellis aged three.

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A BUSINESSWOMAN is worried about the future of children with special needs as the council’s debates spending cuts.

Sara-Jo Cooper’s three-year-old daughter Ellis learned to speak through one-to- one teaching at Warley St John’s Pre-School, Halifax.

Funding for the service, provided by the Pre-School Learning Alliance, is now under threat.

Sara-Jo said: “Ellis was born at 24 weeks.She suffered massive brain bleeds and has been left with numerous health problems.

“By the time she was two and a half years old Ellis couldn’t talk

“She made no noise at all but within four months of going to the pre-school she was doing four and five-word sentences.

“The acceleration was amazing from only ten hours a week. Every new word is like winning the lottery.”

If funding for the service is removed then Sara-Jo says Ellis would have to be taken out of mainstream education and sent to a specialist school.

Forty families across Calderdale would be affected if the workers were axed as part of the council’s bid to save £65 million.

The Courier understands aroundn 50 jobs are due to be lost in the Children and Young People’s Services.

“We are trying to educate people who may not know this service exists and how important is to families,” said Sara-Jo.

The Budget Council meeting is set for February 28 when cuts will be finalised.

Would your family be affected? Is it fair to implement cuts to children’s services? Email: Yoursay@halifax courier.co.uk