Review of Early Years, Children's Centres & Family Support
Currently there are 86,000 under-5’s living in Birmingham. The City Council has a duty to ensure sufficient provision of Children’s Centres and Early Education Entitlement places to meet the needs of these children. In addition our partners across health services ensure provision of a range of services to support children and their families as they develop.
The 2013 Safeguarding, Supporting and Educating Young People Green Paper recommended a number of reviews, including the Early Years, Children’s Centres and Family Support Review.
This Review sets out to examine how early years services produce improved outcomes for children and their families, and will focus on the following areas:
- Researching cost-effective good quality early interventions
- Mapping the current services available
- Listening to what children, parents and local people value about Early Years Services
- Looking for the best we can afford
In order to have a breadth of expertise and objectivity we have a number of partners supporting the review:
- Representatives from Private, Voluntary and Independent Early Years Providers
- Representatives from Children’s Centres
- Representative Headteachers from Primary and Nursery Schools
- Health - both commissioner and provider services such as midwifery and health visiting
- The Children’s Society and the Innovation Unit, who are leading local conversations with parents, children and community members. They are also working with local key stakeholders help shape proposed future options for service delivery
- iMPOWER, who are working with Birmingham City Council as a critical friend in our drive to improve children’s services
- Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) are leading with regard to a literature review including services and interventions that have worked in other areas and what makes a good intervention in the early years
Currently we are gathering information and data which will be analysed and presented to the multi-agency reference group for ‘sense checking’. The review will conclude this first stage in July 2014 with an options report for proposed service delivery.