We recognise the most important influence in a child’s life is family. Children who grow up with safe, stable and nurturing relationships form stronger friendships, develop greater resilience, achieve more in school and are more likely to build positive relationships throughout their lives.
We are child focussed in our intent but recognise that the most effective way to help and protect children is to work alongside the whole family. Therefore strengthening families is central to our aims as we know that families have greater capacity for change when we work with them as partners. This is part of an evidence based approach known asRestorative Practice.
We aim to embed a culture across our workforce where dignity and respect is the basis for our interventions. Every member of staff will understand the principles of Restorative Practice and its ethos will underpin all of our work and align to the borough vision of ‘Forging a Future for all’.
We support and facilitate the securing of sufficient Early Years and Childcare provision for parents and carers of children and young people 0-14 years, or up to 18 for disabled young people.
We manage the childcare market, considering the demand for specific types of providers in a particular locality and the demand and supply that currently exists to support economic prosperity and opportunities for employment.
We provide advice, guidance, support and challenge to all Early Years and Childcare providers, in particular the mandatory & legal requirements of Ofsted and the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Offer providers support and guidance with upcoming Ofsted Inspections.
Time for Two’s, 30 hours, Early Education Funding and Early Years Pupil Premium validation and payment is provided by our Early Education Funding.
The team supports placements in childcare for children who are on a Child Protection Plan or are a Child in Need which helps to support families who are in need of an emergency childcare place. If funding is available our development Officers will identify suitable childcare from our Out-standing providers to ensure that families and children are given the care and support they need.
Care to Learn Scheme
The team also supports young parents who wish to return to education and need to find a suitable childcare case. We will identify a suit-able childcare provider and work alongside them, the family and professionals to ensure that the care meets the child and families needs.
For further information please contact:
Jane Noke Senior Practice Supervisor on 01384 812862