Childcare Providers and Wrap-around Care in Schools

In  Children and Young People Now , 07.12.15 – a new announcements on childcare and schools.

Image 5‘Childcare providers could be given the right to apply to deliver wraparound care using school facilities…’, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans to offer out-of-school-hours childcare using school facilities. (Picture: Peter Crane)
Under proposals unveiled today, childcare providers will be given the “right to request” that a school allows it to use its facilities to provide care for the children of parents at either end of the school day and during school holidays.

It has proposed that schools manage the “right to request” process and governing bodies take the final decision about what action to take.

A consultation has been launched by the Department for Education that runs until the end of February 2016 to assess how schools and childcare providers can work better together. It will also find out how schools respond to wraparound childcare requests from parents and childcare providers.

At an event to launch the proposals, Cameron said: “This will open up good quality, affordable childcare for parents at either end of the school day and school holidays – taking pressure of budgets and helping them plan for the future.”

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced plans to give parents the right to request wraparound childcare provision from schools in October’.

SmithMartin Partnership working with providers and schools…


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  • Carmel Littleton appointed as Head of Children’s Services in London Borough of Islington

    Image 1Carmel Littleton has been appointed as the new director of children’s services in London Borough Islington, following on from Eleanor Schooling who has moved to Ofsted.

    Carmel Littleton (Image: courtesy of LBI), has been director of children’s services in Thurrock since 2013.

    On 18th November 2015, Children and Young People Now, (article: Neil Puffett) reported that:

    ‘The local authority said that Carmel Littleton, who has been Director of Children’s Services in Thurrock since 2013, will take up the post in the new year.

    Her background includes teaching, working as an educational psychologist and as a children’s services adviser.

    Littleton said: “I am delighted to be joining Islington and look forward to both the challenge and exciting opportunities that this brings.

    “I can’t wait to build on the excellent work that is already under way and ensure every child and young person has the best possible chances in life.”

    Islington Council leader Richard Watts said: “The job will have its challenges because Islington is a borough of such great contrasts. Islington is one of the most deprived areas in the country with the fourth highest child poverty rate and complex underlying social problems that need to be tackled”.

    SmithMartin Partnership are pleased to have worked with Early Years in Children’s Services in Islington, building on and developing the good work in children’s services.

    Sue Martin


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  • Brent Parent Champions

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    Very close to Wembley Stadium is Brent Civic Centre. It really is an impressive council building and hosts a broad array of services, with the focus clearly on community and diversity.

    Wembley library is part of the ground floor and a famous supermarket store is also easily accessible.

    We worked with council officer, Andrea Lagos, and through the Family and Childcare Trust, the Parent Champions programme, to deliver our training and support to those attending the sessions.

    At the end of the second day, Mariya, see above, and fifteen other new Parent Champions received certificates. Proud to be going out into the community to let other parents and families know about a whole range of services that are available for free for families with young children.

    In Brent there is also a focus on Health. A new programme was discussed to help support families when they need health advice, without going straight to A & E. Radhikah Howarth, also with FCT, talked to the Parent Champions about new schemes that will help.

    From the previous training last year there have been a record number of parents contacted and more and more information is now available to support parents and families.

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    A great scheme, a great place and Smith Martin Partnership are pleased to deliver the training.

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  • Increase in childcare entitlement from 15 – 30 hours per week.

    Image 1Children and Young People Now have published the latest from the government in doubling free universal childcare entitlement.

    The government is to fast-track legislation to double free universal childcare entitlement to 30 hours a week. David Cameron says one of the first things his government will do is legislate to increase childcare provision.


    In a speech in Stockton-on-Tees yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed that the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment to expand the free entitlement to early education from 15 hours a week to 30 hours a week, will be included in the Queen’s Speech this month.

    He said: “One of the first things we are going to do is to make sure that we legislate to help with childcare.

    “I think for so many families in our country it’s absolutely essential that they get that help with childcare, so that people who want to work and want to work more hours or longer shifts, or more shifts to bring home more money, are able to do that.” ‘

    SmithMartin Partnership – working to achieve good quality childcare.


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  • Parent Champions’ Training for Family and Childcare Trust

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    Parent Champions’ is a volunteering project established by the Family and Childcare Trust and has become hugely successful in the last seven years.

     

    As one of their trainers for the project I have been in Newham on a cold Friday in February at the Little Sheringham Children’s Centre to work with a group of volunteers who will make contact with parents in the community and provide them with the way to find out information.

    ‘Parent volunteers who spend a few hours a week linking with other parents, to tell them about local childcare and other family services. Being parents, they can chat in a more informal way and share information and their own positive experiences about using local services. They meet parents in all sorts of places such as playgrounds, markets, libraries and local play groups. They are supported by the local authority, a children’s centre or a local community organisation.’ Family and Childcare Trust website.

    Based on the premise that ‘ word of mouth’ is a good way to spread information, this project has proved that it does two things really well; one is to let people know what is possible for the their family, and two, to realise potential in the volunteers themselves as they gain in confidence and in skills.

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    As I was about to leave the training in Newham, Stephen Timms, the MP for Newham walked in to the centre. A real accolade for Children’s Centres being at the heart of the community

     

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    2 year olds… Are we ready?

    1Free Entitlement for 2 Year Olds

    From September 2014 the number of 2 year old children being able to access funded places increases to 40% , reaching out to those who are most in need. They will be able to access up to 570 hours over the course of the year of free early education and care.

    Much is talked about ‘school readiness’ and there is a growing feeling which wonders if schools are ready for 2 year olds?

    Our partnership offers support and guidance to providers. Our professionalism in Early Years can bring a pragmatic perspective and creative pedagogic approach to 2 year olds.

    There is a large amount of research, including the EPPE project which identifies the importance of quality education and care at an early age. This is the parameter on which this project is founded, and the intention for children is to help ‘narrow the gap’ between the more and less advantaged children in our society.

    Children will receive more support on social skills, communication and speech development and in areas of personal, social and emotional care and learning, which will forge strong foundations for future learning.

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  • Labour plans for universal childcare

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    Ed Milliband has pledged in his new year message to pursue the policy of universal childcare for all pre-school children and to make childcare a priority, if elected as Prime Minister.(Guardian 30 December 2013).In a Guardian interview the shadow childcare minister, Lucy Powell, said of free universal pre-school childcare: “I’d love it to be [introduced]. My job is to make the political and economic case for childcare, not just the childcare offer that we have right now but an extension of that. I am absolutely firmly of the belief that if you invest in childcare it pays for itself over time because it increases maternal employment rates.”

    In the SmithMartin Partnership, childcare has always been seen as one of the most fundamental needs of young families. Over the last 5 years it has increased in cost and the argument for developing universal childcare which is affordable and accessible for all remains highly important.

    The case for universal childcare was indeed a key part of the previous Labour Party initiatives and with the development of Sure Start provided a platform for a major plank of Early Years programmes for quality Early Years education.

    Naomi Einsenstadt developed the concept of Sure Start within the Dept. of Children, Schools and Families, and the move into Sure Start Children’s Centres.Image 1

    Good quality childcare enables young children to receive good early years education, to reduce the effects of poverty and to give families a vision for the future.

    We hope that this recent statement from Labour will turn into a reality.

    Sue Martin

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  • Child Rights Partners

    Image 2‘Children and young people are to be involved in designing and delivering services aimed at them through a partnership between Unicef UK and six local authorities.’

    Children and Young People Now, reported this initiative between Unicef and six councils across England. A ray of light for young people and a way to enable their voice to be heard.

    The Child Rights Partners project aims to put child rights at the heart of public services and will prioritise improving services for the most vulnerable children, including those living in care, living in poverty and young people affected by drug and alcohol misuse.

    Over three years, the six councils spread across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will work with young people to tackle different problems.

    These include:

    • Tower Hamlets will involve young people in designing substance misuse services
    • Derry will focus on arts, sports and positive play
    • Glasgow will focus on two service areas: developing a rights-based approach to services for care-leavers and early years
    • Leeds will improve service provision for looked-after children, ensuring that their entire journey through the social care system is rights-based.
    • Neath and Port Talbot will focus on vulnerable families where the parents have drugs and alcohol, domestic violence and mental health issues.
    • Newcastle will adopt a rights-based approach to tackling child poverty.

    David Bull, executive director of Unicef UK, said: “Public services have sometimes failed children and young people by not listening to their opinions and needs, so we welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with these pioneering local authorities.’

    Article taken from Children and Young People Now 20.11.13

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  • Summer redesign…

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    As the summer holidays become a memory in 2013 we have brightened our Autumn reading by installing and loading a fresh new design and layout for ChangeThinking, the news and reflection website for SmithMartin LLP.

    We hope we have made browsing the range of our content on the main page easier, with a much more prominent Read more… button to take you to the full articles that interest you.

    The individual articles still offer our usual suite of images and downloadable content wherever applicable.

    Don’t forget you can check out our other core services at the Partnership, which we have listed below. As the Autumn gets busier and the projects in hand become more pressing as budget finals loom in the Spring, don’t forget that our range of expertise will have some professional support for your social business, school, charity, young people and children’s service or community web need.

    SmithMartin LLP:

    Project management and development expertise, helping devise governance and management strategy for social business and community projects of all sorts. We have strong expertise in evaluation, social business planning and governance in both charity, education and business settings.

    Thirdsectorweb:

    Our community web business, strong in ethical design, hosting and content creation for charities, schools, education settings and social businesses.

    Dolphinbooksellers:

    You can buy retail children’s books on-line here. We also devise, procure and install all equipment and books for school and community libraries. We can also offer, through the baskets of DolphinbBookShelf , a great way to encourage reading, volunteer engagement and fund raising in any setting. Ask us how.

    Books go Walkabout:

    Our international authors and young people project. Using new technology to have real time conversations with writers and illustrators across the globe. See more here…

    BgW is now a publishing house in its own right – we are always looking for authors with new writing, or  traditional print back-catalogue, coming out of licence, who wish to explore e-publishing and how to get their work into the electronic eco-systems of the major online retailers. Our current theme for 2013/2014 is Writing about AfricaAsk us about eBook publishing here…

    Just a flavour of what our Partnership can offer and how our skills mix can help you deliver a development project, capital or revenue. We are alway happy to be the LLP which helps you see your project with new eyes, without any initial commitment.

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