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New structure for Warwickshire’s children’s centres

County councillor Sarah Boad at the opening of Lillington Children's Centre's  coffee bar at Southorn Court flats in Lillington in 2011.

County councillor Sarah Boad at the opening of Lillington Children's Centre's coffee bar at Southorn Court flats in Lillington in 2011.

Warwickshire’s children’s centres are going under new management as part of the county council’s efforts to make savings.

The 39 children’s centres in the county will from September be managed and governed by ten geographical groups, overseen by either the Parenting Project or Barnado Services Ltd.

These two providers have given information to the council on how they will continue to meet the council’s targets for meeting the needs of under-fives across the county, which include preparing children for school by the age of five and making sure their families enjoy good health and well-being.

Chris Lewington, the council’s head of strategic commissioning, said: “We have always been open about the financial challenge we face and have made some tough choices with the best interests of local families always at the heart of our decision making.

“We had to strike a balance between doing what is best for our children whilst working against of backdrop of reduced budgets. These condensed management arrangements allow us to make savings, whilst minimising impact on our ability to deliver services.

“We know how highly regarded our children’s centres are and we have done everything we can to avoid closures and to develop an early years offer which retains targeted support to those who need it most.

“We could not do this without strong foundations to build upon, so wish to take this opportunity to thank the current providers for all they have done to develop high quality children’s centre services for Warwickshire. We hope they will continue to work with us and the new providers to support the transfer in order that we may continue to offer this valued support.”

To find out more, call the council’s early years team on 742231 or visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/childrenscentres

 

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