Children’s centre funding to be discussed at Warwickshire meeting

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The future funding and operation of Warwickshire’s early years and children’s centres will be discussed at a meeting next month.

The meeting, which takes place at Shire Hall next month,

will look at the county council’s proposals for a new

delivery model for Warwickshire’s children’s centres that

lays out savings of £2.3m and provides a joined up ‘Early

Years Offer’ of services for children aged 0-5years and

their families.

The Select Committee will spend the day looking in detail

at issues surrounding funding and operation of children’s

centres in Warwickshire. As well as looking at how the

council proposes to achieve the savings, the committee will

consider how the future quality of the service will be

managed, how processes will tackle unsatisfactory

performance and the implications for safeguarding children.

Cllr Bob Hicks, Chair of Children and Young People’s

Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “Our members put a

high value on children’s centres in Warwickshire. Recent

budget proposals, reducing overall funding, have brought

great challenges to everyone in this service.

“We are keen to look in greater detail so that we can

retain the highest possible level of services. Our Select

Committee will provide ample opportunity for public and

professional evidence to be examined.”

Members will be joined on the day by parents whose families

attend children’s centres, along with Children’s Centre

Advisory Board representatives, all of whom will give

evidence and case studies to the committee on their

experiences of centres.

Other key speakers will include the council’s portfolio

holder for Children, Young People and Families, Cllr

Heather Timms, county council officers, representatives

from Public Health, the South Warwickshire Foundation Trust

and the clinical commissioning groups.

A consultation is currently ongoing until 27 August and is

available to complete at

www.warwickshire.gov.uk/consultation . That will also

inform recommendations that go to Cabinet.

As well as completing the questionnaire, residents can

attend the meeting which starts at 10am on 14 August and

can also feed comments or questions through their

Children’s Centres or through Ann Mawdsley, Senior

Democratic Services Officer, 01926 418079 or

annmawdsley@warwickshire.gov.uk.