Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Hertfordshire County Council has approved plans for a new model of delivering children’s centres, health visiting and school nursing services in the county.
Having received over 1,000 responses in a public consultations, the council will now move forward with the next stage of the process to create a better service for families, with the authority hoping that the plans will provide a more ‘joined up’ system.
Teresa Heritage, cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “We want every child to have the best start in life. We already deliver good services for our local families through children’s centres, but this new model is a great opportunity to streamline and improve these whilst offering the exciting opportunity to work more closely with health visitors and school nurses.
“The new service will enable us to extend the age range of the children who can access family support up to 19 and increase the support for parents of children with SEND and those affected by mental health. We will continue to provide high quality services locally to all families and ensure that the needs of our most vulnerable children, young people and families will continue to be met.”