This, just in from Birmingham Play Care Network…
Birmingham City Council is leading a review of the way that Early Years Services are provided in the city. Many providers of early years services are third sector organisations and it is important that the sector engages as fully as possible with this review.
Early Years Services are provided to support parents from the time a child is conceived up until the age of five. How well a child does in his or her early years has a huge impact on how they do in the rest of their lives. Birmingham’s Early Years Services provide support to around 100,000 parents and 80,000 children at any one time.
Birmingham City Council wants to ensure that every child living in Birmingham has the same chance to have a good start in life, but to enable this will need to radically rethink how services will work in the future. Council plans are ambitious and include changing the way that children’s centres, health visiting and family nurse partnerships, parenting support services, and pregnancy and breastfeeding support services are delivered. The aim is to create a new integrated Health and Wellbeing offer for parents.
BCC is consulting on how you think these services should be delivered in the future.
BCC has also arranged a number of open discussion forums to further inform the consultation. These are as follows:
25th January 2016: The Pavillion, Moor Lane, 9.30am-12.30pm. Book.
26th January 2016: Burnsville College, 17.30pm-20.30pm. Book.
28th January 2016: Birmingham City Football Club, 9.30am-12.30pm. Book.
The deadline for review is 28th Feb 2016.