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
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