Schools and education services across Birmingham are to be hit by a £13 million council cuts package.
Nurseries, children with learning difficulties and the Youth Service will all suffer as city bosses struggle to cover a funding gap.
Proposed cuts for this year, described as an efficiency programme by council leaders, were drawn up before Chancellor George Osborne delivered his emergency budget slashing public spending.
It’s thought inevitable that schools will have to cope with further cuts on top of the £13 million already agreed when the coalition government announces its Spending Review at the end of the year.
The council’s Children, Young People and Families directorate says growing demand for services makes savings essential.
The cost of looking after children in care, including legal fees, is on course to rise by £2.7 million during 2010-11.
Officials also have to find an additional £2 million to deliver new school buildings.
Last year the directorate overspent its budget by about £4 million, money that has to be clawed back this year.
Plans approved by cabinet member Les Lawrence confirm a £1.7 million cut from the budget for community day nurseries.
A review into the future of the 23 nurseries, providing early-years help for children from deprived backgrounds, is underway.
Youth Service funding will be trimmed by almost £2 million – about a quarter of the total budget.
The Education Psychology Service, which helps youngsters with behavioural issues, will suffer a £1 million cut.
Children’s Services Director Tony Howell stressed in a cabinet report that everything possible would be done to protect children’s social services.
The council is working under a government improvement order after watchdog Ofsted found services for children at risk of abuse to be inadequate.
Mr Howell said some of the money saved would be re-invested to “improve the quality of life” of young people. Most savings would come from greater efficiencies.