New era for Rotherham children's centresPublished Wednesday, 11th March 2015
A new approach in the delivery of services provided by Rotherham's Children's Centres starts next month.
Parents across the borough are being reminded that from Wednesday April 1, children’s centre services for children aged five and under will be provided through a partnership between the Council and local schools.
Parents are being advised to check with their individual children's centre to find out exactly what services are being provided and where they can access them.
The change is being made following last year's public consultation on the future of the borough's 22 centres. This will mean that no children's centre building will close, although the range of services delivered from each building will vary. The new arrangements will see 12 actual children’s centres complemented by an additional ten buildings operating as linked sites by the schools.
The 12 centres will continue to deliver the full core offer of services, including early education and childcare, information and advice services, family support, health services, adult learning and outreach activities, such as 'stay and play' sessions.
Staff at the 12 children's centres will also have space at the linked sites allowing them to continue to deliver some services, such as outreach activities for children and families within local communities. Schools will also be offering early years services at the linked sites that they are managing.
Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: "We have seen around the country how hundreds of children's centres have closed in recent years.
"It is a credit to our schools, partners and the Council's determination that, even in these tough financial times, all our centre buildings will continue to be used to provide services to local families.
"I am really pleased that we are able to make this announcement, and I am looking forward to working with the centres over the coming months to ensure that these services continue to reach the families that need them most."
The children's centres and linked school sites are as follows:
|Designated children's centres (area)||Children's centres linked school sites|
Central (Ferham); Park View (Kimberworth Park)
|Kimberworth Community Primary; Rockingham J&I; Thorpe Hesley Primary School|
|Arnold Centre (Herringthorpe)||N/A|
|Brookfield (Swinton); Wath Victoria||Cortonwood, Brampton Cortonwood Infant School|
|Stepping Stones, Maltby||Silver Birch, Flanderwell Primary School; Marcliff, Listerdale Primary School|
|Dinnington||Sue Walker, Kiveton Park Meadows Junior School; Ryton Brook, Anston Brook Primary School|
|Aughton Early Years||Meadows (Catcliffe); Thurcroft Infant School|
Parents wanting further information should contact the Families Information Service.