Have your say on children’s centres

Parents, staff and community members are being invited to have their say on services provided by children’s centres as part of a consultation this summer.

Walsall children’s services is looking at how well our children’s centres support families who need them the most.

The new Pelsall health centre and library

The new Pelsall health centre and library, which houses Pelsall Children’s Centre

They want to know what people like about children’s centres at the moment as well as wanting to hear their ideas about what could be done differently.

Consultation is taking place with families who currently use children’s centres, those who do not use children’s centres at the moment, staff at the centres, schools with children’s centres attached, organisations who provide services at children’s centres and the wider community.

They want to hear people’s views about:

  • Current support and services offered at children’s centres and what else could be offered
  • The extent to which the council should prioritise Children’s Centre services for those children and families in greatest need
  • The proposal to group children’s centres together

Walsall has 18 children’s centres throughout the borough providing services and support to families with children under five and expectant parents.

Children’s services is also working with public health colleagues to explore how health services could be delivered in children’s centres in future to ensure that centres are properly supporting families to stay healthy and perhaps also allow them to access health services and family support under one roof.

Councillor Rachel Andrew, portfolio holder for children’s services at Walsall Council Coalition said: “We are looking at how the centres could work better together for young children and families by grouping them together to share resources and expertise and also support those in most need”.

“We want to hear from families who currently use children’s centres as well as families who don’t to find out how we can encourage people to make use of the advice and support available to them in their local area.

“Children’s centres provide vital services to parents and children in their communities and it is essential that families share their views with us so that we can ensure all centres are giving families the support they need.”

If you want to share your views you can pop in to your local children’s centre to speak to staff or fill out a questionnaire. You can also fill in a short questionnaire online www.childrenspartnership.walsall.org.uk or email us on childrenscentrereview@walsall.gov.uk

Details of children’s centres can be found by contacting the Family Information Service on 01922 653383.

The consultation will end on 31 July and proposals will be reported to the council’s cabinet in autumn 2013.

*This is an unedited press release from Walsall Council

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