MEDWAY COUNCIL CABINET 30 JANUARY 2007 SURE START CHILDRENS CENTRES

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					                           MEDWAY COUNCIL

                                   CABINET

                            30 JANUARY 2007

               SURE START CHILDREN’S CENTRES
Portfolio Holder:    Councillor Les Wicks, Children’s Services

Report from:         Rose Collinson, Director of Children’s Services

Author:              Mark Holmes, Strategic Manager - Early Years Services

1.     Summary

1.1    This report sets out proposals for the development of extended health,
       care, guidance and support services for families with babies and young
       children, and for locating these at bases within ten named primary schools
       as “Sure Start Children’s Centres”.

2.     Decision Issues

2.1    The proposals are consistent with the Children's and Young Peoples Plan
       and can be contained within existing budgets. This is therefore a matter
       for Cabinet.

3.     Background

3.1    The Every Child Matters report identified that children who are supported
       in their earliest years, and whose families are able to access health, care,
       advice and guidance services at key times, are more likely to have
       positive outcomes. These benefits to health, development and attainment
       are shown to last throughout childhood and into adulthood.

3.2    Sure Start Children’s Centres bring together a wide range of existing
       support services for very young children and their families into a single
       site. Each centre acts as a one-stop-shop for information, advice,
       guidance and support for all families with young children living in the local
       community. It also houses some direct services for young children and
       their parents/carers. Each centre will serve a community of approximately
       800 children under 5 years and their families. The range of services will
       depend on the nature of the community the centre serves. In centres
       serving the most disadvantaged areas there will be a greater range of
       services than in those serving the less disadvantaged areas.
3.3   It is planned that by 2010, around 22 Sure Start Children’s Centres will
      serve the entirety of the population of Medway. Any parent, or prospective
      parent, of a child 0-4 years will be “within pram pushing distance” of a
      facility where they will be able to access information, guidance and
      support, and in many localities directly access a range of services for their
      child.

3.4   Local centres will be locally managed (staffed, financed and governed)
      through the host primary school. They will link closely with extended
      services for school age children, consistent with Medway’s Extended
      School Strategy, and with the Integrated Area teams providing social care
      and educational support services to all age groups. Preventative services
      will be coordinated and quality assured in each of Medway’s 3 Areas
      through the integrated children’s care teams which will coordinate or
      commission a range of more specialist services to children and families
      with greater levels of need, delivered in a multi-agency context.

3.5   Agreements have been developed with key partner agencies working with
      younger children to refocus the delivery of their local services to children
      and families through Sure Start Children’s Centres, including Medway
      PCT (health visiting, and speech and language therapy services); Medway
      NHS Trust (midwifery and maternity services); JobcentrePlus
      (employment, training and benefit advice); the National Childminding
      Association (home based childcare for working families).

3.6   Sure Start Children’s Centres will work collaboratively with local private
      and voluntary sector provision. Private nurseries and registered
      childminders will provide childcare for working families, and will receive
      support and staff training through the Centre.

3.7   Four “wave 1” centres have been established and are now operational – at
      All Saints (Chatham), Bligh (Strood), Mulberry (Gillingham) and Wayfield
      (Chatham). This report sets out how the next 10 centres will be
      established by March 2008.

4.    Project Proposals

4.1   Cabinet agreed on 27 June 2006 for plans to be developed at ten schools
      across Medway where governing bodies had given their in-principle
      agreement to the proposals. The 10 sites are spread across Medway, and
      whilst concentrated in areas of disadvantage, encompass communities
      across the spectrum.

4.2   Gillingham Area
      • Brompton Westbrook Primary School, Brompton, Gillingham
      • Saxon Way Primary School, Gillingham
      • Twydall Infant School, Twydall, Gillingham
      Chatham / Rochester / Walderslade Area
      • Kingfisher Primary School, Princes Park, Chatham
      • Lordswood Infant School, Lordswood
      • Oaklands Infant School, Walderslade
      • St Margaret’s at Troy Town, Rochester
      Strood & Hoo Area
      • All Faiths Children’s Community Primary School, Strood
      • Temple Mill Primary School, Strood
      • St James’ C of E Primary School, Grain, Hoo (A designated “Rural
         Project” serving communities across the east of the peninsula)

      A map illustrating the location of the proposed centres, together with the
      existing centres, is set out in Appendix 1.

4.3   Detailed work on the proposals, in consultation with schools and partner
      organisations in the local communities has taken place. A menu of
      services to be developed at each site has been established in partnership
      with local health, social care, education and family support agencies. A
      summary of the project implementation plans for each site and school is
      contained in Appendix 2.

4.4   The capital programme involves adaptations and extensions to each
      school site. These works will provide for multi-purpose Sure Start
      accommodation at each site (to be used by health visitors, parent &
      toddler groups, family learning etc), plus improvements to foundation
      stage education, and a small additional childcare element. Recent price
      rises for construction has placed pressure on the capital grant budget, but
      reconsideration of each project has enabled the overall programme to be
      designed within the budget limit of £3.3million.

5.    Options

5.1   Members are asked to authorise the Director of Children’s Services to
      proceed with the implementation of the projects including capital
      programmes.

6.    Advice and analysis

6.1   The creation of Sure Start Children’s Centres is a key element of the
      national and local strategy for improving outcomes for younger children
      and tackling disadvantage through supporting families. Designated
      government grant funding is available for this programme, and progress
      on delivery is an important factor in the authority’s annual performance
      assessment.

6.2   A recent report by the National Audit Office concluded that Sure Start
      Children’s Centres are valued by most of the families who use them. The
      families reached by children’s centres are some of the most disadvantaged,
      though the early signs are that more still needs to be done to reach and
      support some of the most excluded groups. The report makes
      recommendations to improve the delivery of services within the centres.
      These include projects to reach identified disadvantaged groups; training
      staff in financial expertise and new ways of working; centres and local
      authorities establishing the cost of activities; enhancing relationships with
      partner agencies; and better local monitoring to secure value for money.

6.3   The proposals represent a good use of the school buildings, have the
      potential to reduce surplus places, and will not adversely affect the ability
      of any school to provide places for pupils of statutory school age. We will
      work closely with each school to ensure that Sure Start services enhance
      standards and effectiveness, and do not divert resources or attention from
      raising outcomes for children at the school. Under the Education and
      Inspection Act 2006, the local authority will be working with a diverse
      range of schools, including Trust schools.

6.4   A risk associated with this programme is the timescale for delivery, and
      the limitations of the capital funding available in a climate of high and
      rising construction prices. It is imperative that completion is achieved by
      31 March 2008 in order to avoid loss of the grant funding.

7.    Overview and Scrutiny

7.1   The Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee considered the
      Sure Start Children’s Centres programme on 11 January 2007. Members
      welcomed the ongoing progress, and suggested tracking of pupil
      attainment of children who had started school in the vicinity of the
      established sure start centre at Chatham (All Saints) to monitor
      effectiveness. The Committee resolved to endorse the proposed Sure
      Start Children’s Centre programme for 2006-2008.

8.    Consultation

8.1   Community consultation will continue in each community to be served by a
      Sure Start Children’s Centre involving neighbouring schools, childcare
      organisations, community groups and families. This consultation process
      will inform and influence the development and shape of services to be
      offered in each locality to ensure they meet local community needs.

8.2   Formal public consultation is required for each school where it is proposed
      to alter the prescribed age range. This is proposed for each of the school
      sites where there is not currently full Foundation Stage education
      delivered on site.
      • Brompton Westbrook Primary School, Gillingham
      • Kingfisher Primary School, Chatham
      • Oaklands Infant School, Walderslade
      • Saxon Way Primary School, Gillingham
      • St James’ C of E VA Primary School, Grain
      • St Margaret’s at Troy Town C of E VC Primary School, Rochester
      • Temple Mill Primary School, Strood
      The governing body of each school is in agreement to this change.

8.3   In addition, the management and governance of the Mulberry Children’s
      Centre in Gillingham is transferring to the adjacent Woodlands Primary
       School. In order to facilitate the management of the nursery education
       element from September 2007, formal public consultation is required to
       alter the prescribed age range of the school.

8.4    The Council is required to publish a public notice and undertake a formal
       consultation before doing so. The public consultation will be for a period of
       six weeks, commencing 19/2/07 and closing on 1/4/07. The outcome will
       be reported to Cabinet in June 2007. Should it be determined to proceed,
       a public notice will be issued with a minimum of six weeks in which to
       lodge any objection. In the event that an objection is made to any of these
       proposals the Council, as Schools Commissioner, under the Education
       and Inspections Act 2006, will determine the outcome.

9.     Financial and legal implications

9.1    Total Capital funding of £3,300,000 has been allocated for children’s
       centres out of the Sure Start Capital Grant of £4,407,889 for the period
       2006-2008. Indicative budget limits for each project are set out below.

                               Sure Start     Front of    Foundation On Site Day        Capital
                              multi-purpose    House        Stage       Care        Budget Limit
                                room(s)     information improvements                 (indicative)
                                              facilities
      All Faiths Children’s         X            X                                       £100,000
      Brompton Westbrook           X             X            X                          £210,000
      Kingfisher                   X             X            X            X             £480,000
      Lordswood                    X             X                                       £150,000
      Oaklands                     X             X            X                          £250,000
      Saxon Way                    X             X            X            X             £530,000
      St James'                    X             X            X                          £420,000
      St Margaret's                X             X            X                          £370,000
      Temple Mill                  X             X            X                          £390,000
      Twydall                      X             X                                       £300,000
      Land acquisition                                                                   £100,000
      TOTAL                                                                            £3,300,000

       The figures above include build cost, contactors’ profit, 10% contingency per project, and
       design & surveying fees.

9.2    Total revenue funding of £2,938,105 has been allocated for children’s
       centres out of the Sure Start General Grant of £8,242,227 for the period
       2006-2008. There is an expectation that revenue grant funding will
       continue for the period 2008-10, linked to the Local Area Agreement.
       Some revenue costs will be covered by levying charges on users, and all
       childcare for working families will be fully self-financing through charges
       after an initial start-up period.

9.3    The detail of the capital and revenue costs associated with each individual
       project will be drawn up in conjunction with the governing body of each
       school, within the overall financial limits described above.
9.4    The Children Act 2004 places a duty on local authorities to make
       arrangements through which key agencies co-operate to improve the well-
       being of children and young people.

9.5    The Childcare Act 2006, requires local authorities in England to improve
       well-being for young children, and defines well-being according to the five
       'Every Child Matters' outcomes of being healthy, staying safe, enjoying
       and achieving, making a positive contribution and achieving economic
       well-being. It requires early childhood services (early years provision,
       health, social services and employment services) to be integrated. It
       provides for the NHS and JobCentre Plus to work in partnership with the
       local authority to deliver these early childhood services.

9.6    The outcome of the first stage of a Diversity Impact Assessment (DIA) was
       reported to Cabinet in June 2006. The findings indicated the Sure Start
       Children’s Centre programme does not need a full DIA as there is no
       reason to believe that people could be affected differently, according to
       their racial group, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age and religion.

10.    Recommendations

10.1   That the Director of Children’s Services be authorised to implement plans
       for the establishment of Sure Start Children’s Centres at ten schools in
       Medway within the budgets identified in paragraph 9.1:
       a) All Faiths Community Children’s Primary
       b) Brompton Westbrook Primary School
       c) Kingfisher Primary School
       d) Lordswood Infant School
       e) Oaklands Infant School
       f) Saxon Way Primary School
       g) St James’ C of E VA Primary School
       h) St Margaret’s at Troy Town C of E VC Primary School
       i) Temple Mill Primary School
       j) Twydall Infant School

10.2   That the Director of Children’s Services be authorised to initiate public
       consultation on the variation of the age range of Brompton Westbrook
       Primary School, from 4-11 years to 3-11 years, to allow the admission of
       children aged 3 years.

10.3   That the Director of Children’s Services be authorised to initiate public
       consultation on the variation of the age range of Kingfisher Primary School
       from 4-11 years to 3-11 years, to allow the admission of children aged 3
       years.

10.4   That the Director of Children’s Services be authorised to initiate public
       consultation on the variation of the age range of Oaklands Infant School
       from 4-7 years to 3-7 years, to allow the admission of children aged 3
       years.
10.5   That the Director of Children’s Services be authorised to initiate public
       consultation on the variation of the age range of Saxon Way Primary
       School from 4-11 years to 3-11 years, to allow the admission of children
       aged 3 years.

10.6   That the Director of Children’s Services, with the Governing Body of the
       voluntary aided school, be authorised to initiate public consultation on the
       variation of the age range of St James’ C of E Primary School from 4-11
       years to 3-11 years, to allow the admission of children aged 3 years.

10.7   That the Director of Children’s Services be authorised to initiate public
       consultation on the variation of the age range of St Margaret’s at Troy
       Town Primary School from 4-11 years to 3-11 years, to allow the
       admission of children aged 3 years.

10.8   That the Director of Children’s Services be authorised to initiate public
       consultation on the variation of the age range of Temple Mill Primary
       School from 4-11 years to 3-11 years, to allow the admission of children
       aged 3 years.

10.9   That the Director of Children’s Services be authorised to initiate public
       consultation on the variation of the age range of Woodlands Primary
       School from 4-11 years to 3-11 years, to allow the admission of children
       aged 3 years.

11.    Suggested reasons for decisions

11.1   The provision of locally accessible support for young children and their
       families, in partnership with key agencies and local community
       organisations, through local Sure Start Children’s Centres within extended
       primary schools, offers opportunities for significantly enhancing the life
       chances of Medway’s youngest citizens, particularly those living in more
       disadvantaged communities.

11.2   The proposals are fully consistent with Medway’s Children & Young
       People’s Plan, and will be delivered within financial resources available in
       ring-fenced government grant.

11.3   The initiation of the public consultation process will allow views on the
       merits of each proposal to alter the age range of a school to be sought
       and considered in detail.


Lead officer contact

Mark Holmes
Strategic Manager - Early Years Services
Civic Centre
Telephone (01634) 331160
E-mail: mark.holmes@medway.gov.uk
Background papers


National Audit Office Report. December 2006
http://www.nao.org.uk/pn/06-07/0607104.htm

Sure Start Children’s Centres Practice Guidance, DfES, November 2006
http://www.surestart.gov.uk/improvingquality/guidance/practiceguidance/

Cabinet Report and Decisions, 27 June 2006
http://www.medway.gov.uk/cabinetdecisions-past_issues.asp?ois=no&ID=1076
APPENDIX 1 – Map of Existing & Planned Locations
                        APPENDIX 2 – PROJECT PLANS


ALL FAITHS CHILDREN’S COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Summary
All Faiths Children’s Community Primary School will develop a range of
additional services for local families with young children as part of the Sure Start
Children’s Centres programme. These new services, and the associated capital
developments at the school, will form a Sure Start Children’s Centre for the
central Strood area. The Sure Start Children’s Centre will be an extension of the
school and its central role in the community, and the new extended facilities
offered by the school will be managed as a single entity.

Implementation Plan

Sure Start /Family Rooms: Establishment of a multipurpose space in a
demountable building to be located at the front of the school site, and connected
to the main reception area, that will allow a range of activities to take place to
support both national and local Sure Start priorities. Specific activities to be
determined on a local basis and appropriate to community need, but will include:
    • Community health services including midwifery and health visitors
    • Links with local Childminders
    • Jobcentre Plus outreach / surgery

Front of house / information resource: Development of existing reception /
administrative functions to provide support for the Children’s Centre, and
establishment of an advice point and signposting service.

Notes:
   1. The proposal involves use of a demountable (mobile) building, of a style
      similar to the main school structure. To maximize resources it is planned
      to re-site a building from another Medway primary school that has been
      used during 2006 as temporary accommodation whilst permanent
      Children’s Centre facilities were being built.
   BROMPTON WESTBROOK COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Summary
Brompton Westbrook Community Primary School will develop a range of
additional services for local families with young children as part of the Sure Start
Children’s Centres programme. These new services, and the associated capital
developments at the school, will form a Sure Start Children’s Centre for the
Brompton area. The Sure Start Children’s Centre will be an extension of the
school and its central role in the community, and the new extended facilities
offered by the school will be managed as a single entity.

Implementation Plan

Sure Start /Family Rooms: Establishment of a multipurpose space that will
allow a range of activities to take place to support both national and local Sure
Start priorities. Specific activities to be determined on a local basis and
appropriate to community need, but will include:
    • Community health services including midwifery and health visitors
    • Links with local Childminders
    • Jobcentre Plus outreach / surgery

Foundation Stage: An extension of the current foundation stage classes through
internal adaptations to create a seamless foundation unit with capacity for
children to attend full or part time. NB This will involve a formal process to
change the age range of the school to allow the admission of children aged 3
years

Front of house / information resource: Development of existing reception /
administrative functions to provide support for the Children’s Centre, and
establishment of an advice point and signposting service.
KINGFISHER PRIMARY SCHOOL

Summary
Kingfisher Primary School will develop a range of additional services for local
families with young children as part of the Sure Start Children’s Centres
programme. These new services, and the associated capital developments at the
school, will form a Sure Start Children’s Centre for the Princes Park area. The
Sure Start Children’s Centre will be an extension of the school and its central role
in the community, and the new extended facilities offered by the school will be
managed as a single entity.

Implementation Plan

Sure Start /Family Rooms: Establishment of a multipurpose space that will
allow a range of activities to take place to support both national and local Sure
Start priorities. Specific activities to be determined on a local basis and
appropriate to community need, but will include:
    • Community health services including midwifery and health visitors
    • Links with local Childminders
    • Jobcentre Plus outreach / surgery

Daycare: Establishing integrated links to the existing on-site private daycare
facility for young children under 3 years, with the purpose of supporting local
families where parents are working or returning to work. Provision of before and
after-school childcare for children from 3 to 11 years of age, and during school
holidays

Foundation Stage: An extension of the current foundation stage classes within
the school buildings, in association with the on-site daycare provider, with the
aim of creating a seamless foundation unit with capacity for children from 3 years
of age to attend full or part time.

Front of house / information resource
Development of existing reception / administrative functions to provide support
for the Children’s Centre, and establishment of an advice point and signposting
service, including relocating the main entrance to the front of the school.


Notes:
   1. The school currently hosts a private daycare business (Abacus Ltd) that
      has since 2004 provided daycare for children 0-4 years. The facility was
      established through a grant-funded programme, with the building owned
      by Abacus and a ground-rent lease agreement with Medway Council.
   2. Over a period of time, the education of children aged over 3 years will be
      transferred to rooms within the main school buildings, initially as a
      partnership between the school and Abacus.
       LORDSWOOD INFANT SCHOOL

Summary
Lordswood Infant School will develop a range of additional services for local
families with young children as part of the Sure Start Children’s Centres
programme. These new services, and the associated capital developments at the
school, will form a Sure Start Children’s Centre for the Lordswood area. The Sure
Start Children’s Centre will be an extension of the school and its central role in
the community, and the new extended facilities offered by the school will be
managed as a single entity.

Implementation Plan

Sure Start /Family Rooms: Establishment of a multipurpose space that will
allow a range of activities to take place to support both national and local Sure
Start priorities. Specific activities to be determined on a local basis and
appropriate to community need, but will include:
    • Community health services including midwifery and health visitors
    • Links with local Childminders
    • Jobcentre Plus outreach / surgery

Front of house / information resource
Development of existing reception / administrative functions to provide support
for the Children’s Centre, and establishment of an advice point and signposting
service.
OAKLANDS INFANT SCHOOL

Summary
Oaklands Infant School will develop a range of additional services for local
families with young children as part of the Sure Start Children’s Centres
programme. These new services, and the associated capital developments at the
school, will form a Sure Start Children’s Centre for the Weedswood and
Walderslade area. The Sure Start Children’s Centre will be an extension of the
school and its central role in the community, and the new extended facilities
offered by the school will be managed as a single entity.

Implementation Plan

Sure Start /Family Rooms: Establishment of a multipurpose space within the
existing on-site demountable building that will allow a range of activities to take
place to support both national and local Sure Start priorities. Specific activities to
be determined on a local basis and appropriate to community need, but will
include:
    • Community health services including midwifery and health visitors
    • Links with local Childminders
    • Jobcentre Plus outreach / surgery

Foundation Stage: A redevelopment of classes within the school buildings, to
create a seamless foundation unit with capacity for children from 3 years of age
to attend full or part time. The reorganisation of Foundation Stage education and
play opportunities for younger children at the school will be developed in
collaboration with the on-site voluntary pre-school. NB This will involve a formal
process to change the age range of the school to allow the admission of children
aged 3 years.

Front of house / information resource: Development and expansion of existing
reception / administrative functions to provide support for the Children’s Centre,
and establishment of an advice point and signposting service.
SAXON WAY PRIMARY SCHOOL

Summary
Saxon Way Primary School will develop a range of additional services for local
families with young children as part of the Sure Start Children’s Centres
programme. These new services, and the associated capital developments at the
school, will form a Sure Start Children’s Centre for the north Gillingham area. The
Sure Start Children’s Centre will be an extension of the school and its central role
in the community, and the new extended facilities offered by the school will be
managed as a single entity.

Implementation Plan

Sure Start /Family Rooms: Establishment of a multipurpose space within the
school that will allow a range of activities to take place to support both national
and local Sure Start priorities. Specific activities to be determined on a local basis
and appropriate to community need, but will include:
   • Community health services including midwifery and health visitors
   • Links with local Childminders
   • Jobcentre Plus outreach / surgery

Foundation Stage
An extension of the current foundation stage classes to create a new seamless
foundation unit with capacity for children from 3 to 5 years to attend full or part
time. NB This will involve a formal process to change the age range of the
school to allow the admission of children aged 3 years.

Daycare: Conversion of classrooms to create a small daycare facility for young
children, with the purpose of supporting local families where parents are working
or returning to work.

Front of house / information resource: Development of existing reception /
administrative functions to provide support for the Children’s Centre, and
establishment of an advice point and signposting service. Works to carparking,
playgrounds and access routes to enable the above to take place.
ST JAMES'S CE VA PRIMARY SCHOOL / RURAL CLUSTER

Summary
St James's CE VA Primary School, in partnership with neighbouring schools and
the local authority, will develop a range of additional services for local families
with young children as part of the Sure Start Children’s Centres programme.
These new services, and the associated capital developments at the school and
in the community, will form a “Rural Sure Start Children’s Centre” for the Grain
and eastern Hoo Peninsular area. The Sure Start Children’s Centre will be an
extension of the school and its central role in the community, and the new
extended facilities offered by the school will be managed as a single entity.

Implementation Plan
The planned extension to the school site is currently being reconsidered following
a recent decision by Grain Parish Council to refuse the purchase of a parcel of
land adjacent to the school. However the objective of the plan is as follows:

Sure Start /Family Rooms: Establishment of a multipurpose space that will
allow a range of activities to take place to support both national and local Sure
Start priorities. Specific activities to be determined on a local basis and
appropriate to community need, but will include:
    • Community health services including midwifery and health visitors
    • Links with local Childminders
    • Jobcentre Plus outreach / surgery

Foundation Stage: An extension of the current foundation stage classes with
the aim of creating a seamless foundation unit with capacity for children to attend
full or part time NB This will involve a formal process to change the age range of
the school to allow the admission of children aged 3 years, and the development
of related services for young children in partnership with the local non-maintained
provider.

Front of house / information resource: Development of existing reception /
administrative functions to provide support for the Children’s Centre, and
establishment of an advice point and signposting service.


Notes:
   1. As a Voluntary Aided school, the Governing Body is the admissions
      authority for the school, and the proposal to formally change the age
      range of the school will therefore be initiated by the governing body.
   2. The neighbouring privately owned pre-school is a key partner in the
      delivery of this project.
ST MARGARET’S at TROY TOWN CE VC PRIMARY

Summary
St Margaret’s at Troy Town CE VC Primary School will develop a range of
additional services for local families with young children as part of the Sure Start
Children’s Centres programme. These new services, and the associated capital
developments at the school, will form a Sure Start Children’s Centre for the Troy
Town Rochester area. The Sure Start Children’s Centre will be an extension of
the school and its central role in the community, and the new extended facilities
offered by the school will be managed as a single entity.

Implementation Plan

Sure Start /Family Rooms: Establishment of a multipurpose space that will
allow a range of activities to take place to support both national and local Sure
Start priorities. Specific activities to be determined on a local basis and
appropriate to community need, but will include:
    • Community health services including midwifery and health visitors
    • Links with local Childminders
    • Jobcentre Plus outreach / surgery

Foundation Stage: An extension of the current foundation stage classes with
the aim of creating a seamless foundation unit with capacity for children to attend
full or part time NB This will involve a formal process to change the age range of
the school to allow the admission of children aged 3 years

Front of house / information resource: Development of existing reception /
administrative functions to provide support for the Children’s Centre, and
establishment of an advice point and signposting service. These works to the
school site will require the reprovisioning of carparking spaces in the area
adjacent to the school.


Notes:
1. Due to the very limited scope for expansion of the school buildings, it is
necessary for public car-park spaces adjacent to the school to be transferred to
the school in order to secure planning permission.
TEMPLE MILL PRIMARY SCHOOL

Summary
Temple Mill Primary School will develop a range of additional services for local
families with young children as part of the Sure Start Children’s Centres
programme. These new services, and the associated capital developments at the
school, will form a Sure Start Children’s Centre for the North Strood area. The
Sure Start Children’s Centre will be an extension of the school and its central role
in the community, and the new extended facilities offered by the school will be
managed as a single entity.

Implementation Plan

Sure Start /Family Rooms: Establishment of a multipurpose space that will
allow a range of activities to take place to support both national and local Sure
Start priorities. Specific activities to be determined on a local basis and
appropriate to community need, but will include:
    • Community health services including midwifery and health visitors
    • Links with local Childminders
    • Jobcentre Plus outreach / surgery

Foundation Stage: A new build extension of the current foundation stage
classes to create a seamless foundation unit with capacity for children to attend
full or part time NB This will involve a formal process to change the age range of
the school to allow the admission of children aged 3 years

Front of house / information resource: Development of existing reception /
administrative functions to provide support for the Children’s Centre, and
establishment of an advice point and signposting service.
TWYDALL INFANT SCHOOL

Summary
Twydall Infant School will develop a range of additional services for local families
with young children as part of the Sure Start Children’s Centres programme.
These new services, and the associated capital developments at the school, will
form a Sure Start Children’s Centre for the Twydall area. The Sure Start
Children’s Centre will be an extension of the school and its central role in the
community, and the new extended facilities offered by the school will be
managed as a single entity.

Implementation Plan

Sure Start /Family Rooms: Establishment of multipurpose spaces that will allow
a range of activities to take place to support both national and local Sure Start
priorities. Specific activities to be determined on a local basis and appropriate to
community need, but will include:
    • Community health services including midwifery and health visitors
    • Links with local Childminders
    • Jobcentre Plus outreach / surgery

Daycare: Plans to establish a daycare facility for young children have been
costed, and discussions are continuing as to the extent of daycare for 0-3’s that
can be included in the site scheme

Front of house / information resource: Development of existing reception /
administrative functions to provide support for the Children’s Centre, and
establishment of an advice point and signposting service.

				
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Description: MEDWAY COUNCIL CABINET 30 JANUARY 2007 SURE START CHILDRENS CENTRES