About the consultation: reviewing our Children's Centre services
It is vitally important that we continue to make a real and positive difference for children, young people and families throughout Suffolk and ensure we make the best use of the public money we are given to provide public services.
Given the range of social and cultural changes that we all continue to experience through the greater use of technology, the way our communities continue to develop and the way in which we choose to access services for our families, now is the right time to review the services the council provides for young people aged 0 to 19 years old.
Councillor Mary Evans, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Education and Skills has said:
“To prepare for this consultation, we have taken a rigorous approach to review current services through surveys at each Children's Centre and research into what is happening across the country.
“The feedback, kindly provided by families who currently use Children’s Centres and the range of outreach services we already provide in community buildings, has informed the development of this proposal and we hope you can share your views and ideas with us now as we look to develop these services to meet future demands.”
Suffolk County Council has a responsibility to ensure we have enough nursery places for all eligible 2 and 3 year olds, and we know that many areas do not currently have enough nursery places. This means some children are missing out and makes it difficult for some parents to continue working or find work.
We know that good early education has a positive impact on preparing children for school, their learning and their long-term future. It is also important for those parents who want to continue working or take up opportunities to work which suit their family circumstances.
Early Years facts and figures
This infographic shows a number of facts and details which currently apply to the services provided by Suffolk County Council for Early Years provision:
- There are currently 776 providers offering 20,095 Ofsted registered places.
- 72% of funded two year olds take up their place and 94% of three and four year olds take up their funded place.
- There is currently a deficit of 3,332 '15 hour' places across Suffolk.
- As 60,000 new houses need to be built in Suffolk over next 20 years, this means the council needs to provide 10,300 extra '15 hour' places to match demand.
Read more about the consultation
You can read the accompanying information which provides you with full details of the proposal and how this relates to services in your area of Suffolk: Children's Centre Review 2020 consultation information (PDF, 1.9MB).
Have your say
Now you have read all about the proposal, please take our survey to provide your views and ideas.
The survey is open from 9am on Friday 10 January and closes at 5pm on Sunday 1 March 2020.
Easy read survey
This survey is also available in easy read format (PDF, 760KB). To request a copy, please call 0345 603 1842.
Please print off and complete your easy read survey, then post it back to us using the address below:Early Help Service - C/O CYP DMTThird Floor, Endeavour House8 Russell RoadIpswichIP1 2BX
Drop-in family information sessions
As part of the consultation, there will be drop-in sessions to provide families with the opportunity to learn more about the proposal and to take part in the consultation.
|Tuesday 21 January||10am to 12pm||St Marks Church Hall, Lowestoft|
|Tuesday 28 January||10am to 12pm||Whitton Clinic, Ipswich|
|Tuesday 28 January||2pm to 4pm||Stevenson Centre, Great Cornard|
|Wednesday 29 January||10am to 12pm||Woodbridge Library, Woodbridge|
|Thursday 30 January||10am to 12pm||
The Apex, Studio 2, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds
Cabinet report from July 2019: This includes appendices for surveys completed in centres and details of visits to Children's Centres by members of the PDP group in March 2019.
Download the information for Children's Centres site by site (PDF, 111KB).
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