A consultation has launched today (Monday, April 4) to seek the views of residents concerning children’s centres in Cheshire West and Chester.

Consultation feedback will inform how children’s centre services are delivered in future and how to buy the right services for the local population.

There are currently 15 children’s centres that operate in groupings across the borough. The authority is committed to the continued delivery of services from all 15 centres and the proposal is to formally group these in line with Department for Education guidance so they are configured as eight main and seven linked sites within the existing groupings.

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In addition to this proposal there are three commissioning options that the council is asking people to share their views on:

To continue to deliver a separate 0-5 years Healthy Child Programme, a separate 5-19 years Health and Wellbeing service and separate Children’s Centre services. Both the 0-5 years and 5-19 years services will be commissioned whilst the Children’s Centres remain within the local authority.

To deliver an integrated 0-5 years service that includes the 0-5 years Healthy Child Programme and Children’s Centre services. The 5-19 years Health and Wellbeing service will continue to be delivered separately.

To deliver an integrated 0-19 years service that includes the 0-5 years Healthy Child Programme, 5-19 years Health and Wellbeing service and Children’s Centre services that is one service.

Shadow cabinet member Cllr Margaret Parker, cabinet member for children and families Cllr Nicole Meardon and director of CWaC's Children and Young People's Service Gerald Meehan
Shadow cabinet member Cllr Margaret Parker, cabinet member for children and families Cllr Nicole Meardon and director of CWaC's Children and Young People's Service Gerald Meehan

Cllr Nicole Meardon, Cabinet member children and families, said: “We are committed to giving children and families in Cheshire West and Chester the best start in life.

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“The views of our residents are really important in helping shape future services for 0-19 year olds and children’s centres.

“I would encourage everyone to have their say on the options being considered to help inform our decisions.”

Full details of the proposals are available on Cheshire West and Chester Council’s website, search 0-19 consultation.

The consultation is taking place from April 4 until June 26. There are a number of ways to get involved: A consultation booklet provides in-depth information about the proposals. An easy read version of the booklet is also available and there are questionnaires for people to share their views.

All information is included on the council website or alternatively a copy of the booklets and questionnaires can be requested on: Email: 019@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk; Telephone: 01244 977020

In addition views can be shared via the above contact details.