Birtley Children’s Centre
Specification for the Provision of a Childcare Service
Birtley Children Centre, located on the site of Barley Mow School, is seeking to
secure an independent provider to open and manage a childcare service on the
Children Centre site.
The Children’s Centre will provide services for families within the local area who
have children under 5years of age. In order to meet the Children Centre core offer
easy accessibility to the following services will be provided:
Integrated care and education
Family support including parenting programmes and access to training and
route ways to employment.
Information and advice.
Working together in partnership is central to achieving improved outcomes for
children and their families. The co-location of service providers into the Children
Centre will facilitate the opportunity to maximise this ethos. A range of multi-agency
service providers including those from Health, Family Support Services and Children
and Young Peoples Services will be housed within the Children Centre.
Children’s Centres are at the heart of the government strategy to deliver better
outcomes for children and families, building on the successes of the Sure Start local
Programmes, Early Excellence Centre and Neighbourhood Nurseries and
mainstreaming the lessons learned to extend the benefits for all families.
The Childcare Provision
Birtley Children Centre is looking to secure a childcare provider to cater for children
from 0 to 5 years of age in a full day-care provision. The provider will work in
partnership with the Children Centre to improve outcomes for children and their
families. Barley Mow School offers nursery education for 60 children aged from 3 to
5 years and partnership working with the school will be essential to provide a
seamless package of care and education for those children for whom this is a
requirement. The opening time will need to be flexible to meet the needs of families
but at the least be from 8am to 6pm for 51 weeks of the year.
The provider should provide a quality provision that complies with the requirements
of Ofsted. Children should be encouraged to be healthy, stay safe, make a positive
contribution, achieve and enjoy what they do. The provision should have a flexible
structured routine and activities that encourage all children to learn, play and rest.
Appropriate and nutritious snacks, meals and drinks should be available for children.
The provider will be responsible for providing play equipment and resources that are
appropriate to the ages and needs of the children using the service and that reflect and
build upon the diversity of today’s world.
There is potential for 45 childcare places to be registered within the Children Centre
Birtley Children Centre is to be situated on the current Barley Mow Primary School
site. The location of which has excellent road links with the A1M and local road links
with Gateshead, Newcastle, Chester-le-Street and Washington. The existing school
premises consist of three separate buildings – the former Infants, Junior and the
existing School Nursery. As from September 2007 the Infant and Junior School will
amalgamate into one Primary School site, to be located within the current Junior
School site. The School Nursery will remain as it is offering 60 sessional nursery
The Day-care Nursery will be located adjacent to the School Nursery and share an
extended outdoor learning environment. Refurbishment of the Infant School is to be
undertaken in order to make best use of the space available. This will include the
provision of suitable accommodation to meet the needs of the day-care facility eg
sufficient floor play area, kitchen, laundry etc.
An inspection of the school site that will become Birtley Children Centre can be
arranged for prospective providers. For further details please see the accompanying
Appointment will be made on the basis of the following:
The completed application form together with the required accompanying documents
should be returned to Kelly Nicholson, Early Years & Childcare Service, Dryden
Centre, Evistones Road, Gateshead, NE9 5UR by 12 noon on 20.04.07.
A shortlist will be drawn up on the basis of ability to meet the childcare service
required, quality and sustainability. Quality will be assessed on the basis of the
information provided on the application form and accompanying documents, the
quality of any existing childcare provision managed by the applicant and satisfactory
references. Sustainability will be assessed on the basis of the information provided in
the business plan and cash flows.
Short listed applicants may be asked to attend an interview at Dryden Development
Centre during the week beginning 03.05.07, where applicants will be asked to give a
short presentation of their proposals and answer any questions that the panel may
Selection of the successful applicant will be made using the following criteria:
Quality of submitted application form, interview and presentation
Quality of references