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Comment on New Approach to Early Years

Wandsworth parents are to be given a chance to comment on a new way of providing services for young children and their families.

The council's Thrive strategy, agreed by councillors earlier this year, looks at the whole family and focuses on preventing problems rather than just reacting to them. It aims to give young people and families the tools to make any changes they need to maximise their potential. High quality services and help and intervention are introduced at the right time, in the right place.

Services include 'stay, play and learn', which means parents and carers can access 15 hours of free childcare for their two-year-old and stay with them while they learn, and the development of a Thrive Wandsworth Hub, bringing together services for children and families.

The York Gardens and Yvonne Carr Children's Centres in Battersea would each provide more early years places for two-year-olds, and a single team would be created to work across both centres providing other support for families such as health visitor clinics, parenting support and other help. Franciscan and Hillbrook Children's Centres in Tooting would be merged to provide an enhanced service at Hillbrook and targeted outreach services at Franciscan.

This summer, all local parents of children aged five and under will be asked their views on how they feel services could best help them.

A questionnaire and details of consultation workshops taking place will be available here as soon as they are finalised. Please visit regularly for updates.

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