27 May 2016
The 0-19 Years Services and Children’s Centres consultation will close on Sunday, 26 June.
The consultation opened on April 4 to seek the views of local residents in Cheshire West and Chester.
Consultation feedback will inform how children’s centre services are delivered in future and how the Council buys the right services for the local population.
There are currently 15 children’s centres that operate in groupings across the borough. The Local Authority is committed to the continued delivery of services from all 15 centres and the proposal is to formally group these in line with Department for Education guidance so that they are configured as eight main and seven linked sites within the existing groupings.
In addition to this proposal there are three commissioning options that the Council are asking people to share their views on:
Councillor Nicole Meardon, Cabinet Member Children and Families, said: “We are committed to the giving children and families in Cheshire West and Chester the best start in life.
- To continue to deliver a separate 0-5 years Healthy Child Programme, a separate 5-19 years Health and Wellbeing service and separate Children’s Centre services. Both the 0-5 years and 5-19 years services will be commissioned whilst the Children’s Centres remain within the Local Authority.
- To deliver an integrated 0-5 years service that includes the 0-5 years Healthy Child Programme and Children’s Centre services. The 5-19 years Health and Wellbeing service will continue to be delivered separately.
- To deliver an integrated 0-19 years service that includes the 0-5 years Healthy Child Programme, 5-19 years Health and Wellbeing service and Children’s Centre services that is one service.
“The views of our residents are really important in helping shape future services for 0-19 year olds and children’s centres.
“We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to the consultation so far. I want to encourage all who haven’t yet contributed to have your say on the options being considered. All responses will help to inform our decisions.
“Full details of the proposals are available on the Cheshire West and Chester Council website, search ‘0-19 consultation.”
There are a number of ways to get involved: A consultation booklet provides in-depth information about the proposals. An easy read version of the booklet is also available and there are questionnaires for people to share their views. All information is included on the Council website.
Alternatively you can pick up copies of the booklet and questionnaire at your local library or you can request a copy using the details below:
In addition views can be shared via the above contact details.
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