Children’s Centre Provision

Commenting on different models of delivering children’s centre provision Jenny Coles, Chair of the ADCS Families, Communities and Young People Policy Committee, said:

“There is no set model of children’s centre provision for children and families. Growing demand for services, local needs and tightening council budgets have made it necessary to rethink and reshape the way services from children’s centres are delivered in order to provide a range of timely support. Local authorities are working closely with partners in the public, voluntary and community sectors as well as parents and residents to support the delivery of these valuable preventative services. This is making efficiencies, reducing costs but also crucially enables a focus on families most in need. In one area there may be community groups or a local voluntary sector organisation running centres from libraries or attached to a health clinic.In another a school may be the lead provider in a ‘hub and spoke’ arrangement. Many areas are integrating health and youth services into the children’s centre – extending the prevention offer to whole families and providing services for 0-19 year olds. No one model is better than the other and the most effective model will meet the needs of the children, young people and families in the local area, adapting if these needs should change.”


The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) Ltd is the professional leadership association for Directors of Children’s Services and their senior management teams in England.

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