The way that we deliver children’s centres, health visiting services and parenting support services in Birmingham is changing. Have your say on our proposals for a new service model that will bring these services together, for you, in your local area.
- Research has shown the importance of quality Early Years education as a vehicle to narrow inequality across all socio-economic backgrounds. You have acknowledged that one of your aims is to ensure ALL children have a good level of development, yet this model closes 26 Children Centres, 18 of which are integrated with Nursery Schools or schools. How will you ensure that our most vulnerable children get quality education and not just Childcare?
- In the most deprived areas of Birmingham Health Visitors are already struggling to fulfil their workload in safeguarding and ensuring early identification of need. Integrated centres have been working alongside them doing New Birth and 6 month check-up visits and working with them to do the 2 year old checks, making sure that those children are identified. How will you support Health Visitors who are losing this support and ensure that quality is assured across all these diverse groups from the voluntary and private sectors, particularly when it comes to safeguarding the most vulnerable children and families.
(Many thanks to Keep Our NHS Public, Birmingham, for these questions)
Here is the list of public consultation meetings:
|Edgbaston Community Centre||30 June||10:30am – 12:30pm|
|Erdington Library||10 July||10:30am – 12:30pm|
|The Unity Hub, Ward End||13 July||1:00pm – 3:00pm|
|Kings Heath Library||10 August||10:30am – 12:30pm|
|Birmingham Council House, Chamberlain Room||28 July||5:00pm – 7:00pm|
|Northfield Library||7 July||10:30am – 12:30pm|
|Alexander Stadium, Hospitality Suite||18 July||10:30am – 12:30pm|
|St Francis Youth and Community Centre||17 July||9:30am – 11:30am|
|Mere Green Library||1 August||10:30am – 12:30pm|
|Acocks Green Library||9 August||10:30am – 12:30pm|
The Council says you are welcome to visit any of these sessions regardless of where you live. Places do not have to be booked, but to confirm your attendance please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. This consultation runs between 19 June and 17 August 2017. To find out more and give us your views, please visit: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/people-1/eyconsultation
For more information on the Children’s Centres plans, including a list of those threatened with closure, see BATC 22 June: The Council plans to close 26 Birmingham children’s centres