According to a report from the Local Government Association, children’s centre services are a pivotal part of the early help offer from local authorities. Whether they’re provided from children’s centre buildings, co-located with other services in the community, or provided by outreach workers, they allow families to access the help they need to handle those early challenges, help to tackle inequalities, and give children a healthy start. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to early childhood services.
Funding reductions, increasing demand and a changing policy landscape mean that councils have had to review their children’s centres and the services provided within them to find new, better and more efficient ways of providing services. This has included expanding support to entire families including parents and older children, acknowledging the context in which children grow up and the importance of holistic support.
The case studies within this report outline the approaches taken by eight councils across England, demonstrating just some of the different ways in which councils are tackling the challenge