Norfolk County Council's Children's Centre Briefing - Details of Vision and Providers available

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Norfolk County Council Children’s Centres Briefing Note

Norfolk County Council will continue to invest around £30 million in its network of 53 Children’s Centres over the next 3 years. Children’s Centres are a key part of the overall early help offer to children and families in Norfolk. They are vital to improving outcomes for children pre-birth to the end of the Foundation Stage and beyond and for improving school readiness.

Norfolk County Council’s vision for Children’s Centres is that they should be at the heart of the community, non-stigmatising and easy to access, supporting families to meet their needs. They should ensure that children develop well and are safe and healthy, building the capacity to learn and make positive relationships with peers and adults. Services will be universal but targeted work should be carried out to ensure support is provided to those who need it most.

Norfolk County Council believes that this vision can be achieved if children’s centres have a clear core purpose focussed on improving outcomes for all children up to the age of 8 years and their families, whilst targeting those in greatest need in their local area, using a strengths-based approach consistent with that of Signs of Safety.

The vision builds on what has already been achieved and recognises the need for evolution to account for changes that have occurred since the original commissioning process in 2012, such as the re-organisation of Children’s Services, the development of the new Early Help hubs and commissioning of the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme.

At the beginning of 2016 contract extensions were signed with the current providers for a further 3 years, with an option to extend for an additional year. A refreshed service specification focusses on achieving outcomes for children and families, with an emphasis on working with partners from the statutory, voluntary and community sectors (the list of Children’s Centres and providers is attached below). We are also pleased to announce that from 1 April Ormiston Families will be running East City and Framingham Earl Children’s Centre.

If you have any questions please get in touch with:

  • Philip Beck – Lead for Children’s Centres (tel: 01493 448313 email: [email protected] )
  • Kevin Howard – Commissioning Manager for Children’s Centres (tel: 01603 223761 email: [email protected] )
  • Tracey Andrews – Children’s Centres Improvement Officer (tel: 01603 222997 email: [email protected] )