The Council plans closures of Children’s Centres and Nurseries – Have your say at the consultation meetings

They say:

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.

We ask:

  • 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:

Location Date Time
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: earlyyears@birmingham.gov.uk. 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

 

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One response to “The Council plans closures of Children’s Centres and Nurseries – Have your say at the consultation meetings

  1. Reblogged this on Gogwit's Blog and commented:
    An opportunity for concerned parents, professionals and Council Tax payers in Birmingham to lend their voices to the children of Birmingham.
    While the Council may have sparse room for manoeuvre, they can register the displeasure and dissatisfaction of the people of Birmingham.
    It is true that children cannot vote; however, the adult population can, at parish, municipal, regional and national level; and in Birmingham there was elected a council opposed, in principle, to cuts of this nature that are being enforced by a divisive and hostile UK Government.
    The Education, Health and Welfare provision of the United Kingdom only work when predicated on an understanding that the economy serves society, not the other way round.

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