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4Children will bring together high quality day care providers and childminders into Community Hubs to develop a financially sustainable model for a more flexible and responsive childcare offer.
The project will set up 6 ‘start-up hubs’ in Northumberland, Wigan, York, Cambridge, Gloucestershire and the London borough of Merton and work with 3 other support hubs to produce learning and evidence for setting up this flexible childcare offer.
This project will look to support commissioners and children’s centres in delivering the biggest impact to disadvantaged families. 4Children will develop and disseminate best practice approaches using an outcomes framework and tools that will help commissioners and children’s centres to reach out to these hard to reach families and improve outcomes. The project will work closely with around 50 local authorities all across England.
4Children is currently working in partnership with the Office of People Management and The Social Investment Business to identify and address the business skills training gaps of smaller providers across the early years sector. Providers being targeted include free entitlement, childminders, nursery providers, children’s centre and out of school settings.
The programme aims to deliver training events, business skills seminars, a web based audit tool for use, identify a team of champions/trainers and train them to SFEDI standards based on the findings of the initial needs analysis being undertaken.
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4Children is working with nine local authorities in England to improve capacity of Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) organisations to take an active role in managing and delivering services in children’s centres. The programme aims to help remove barriers to involvement, improve local authority involvement, engagement and commissioning of the VCS in delivery of children’s centre services.
4Children aims to work to improve children’s centre managers involvement, engagement and commissioning of the VCS in delivery of children’s centre services and to work with other early years and childcare organisations in receipt of VCS grant funding to support cohesive delivery of funded activities for the sector.
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