Children’s Centre staff are linking up with toddler groups and schools in new housing developments to ensure their services reach as many people as possible.
The partnerships follow a public consultation at the start of 2021, and will see Early Childhood Partnership (ECP), on behalf of Bedford Borough Council, introduce children’s centre services at venues across the Borough.
From 1 October, Children’s Centre services and support will be delivered across Bedford Borough communities from children’s centre buildings, community venues and also through online classes giving families more choice, closer to their homes.
You can find out more about their services and locations at the ECP website here.
Cllr James Valentine, portfolio holder for Children’s Services and Education said: “Following a period of consultation and review, I am pleased that this new way of working will be delivering children centre services for families, where they are needed.
“Our vision is to give all children and young people firm foundations in life, through a strong network of family, friends and communities. Children’s Centre services are for the community, by the community with the community.”
Nicola Lee, Head of Family Support ECP/One YMCA said: “We are very much looking forward to continuing to work with partners across the Borough and in particular to work more closely with our Health colleagues to provide a greater joined-up service for families.
“We have found it is much easier for our children to thrive when they, their parents and professionals feel that they belong to a caring community, which we aim to provide here at ECP”.
You can find your nearest children’s centre location here.