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.
New contract for community beds in Leeds
Leeds City Council has been awarded a multi-million pound contract to provide 72 community beds across the city to help care for people recovering from a spell in hospital.
The new contract is part of a wider procurement exercise for 190 community beds in total, and will provide a range of community care focusing on faster recovery for people leaving hospital after an illness to return home and aid in reducing unnecessary hospital admissions.
Rebecca Charlwood, executive member for health, wellbeing and adults, said: "We’re pleased to have secured the future of The Green, SLIC and Suffolk Court. Our successful bid endorses the council’s strategy in investing in recovery services, demonstrating that despite financial challenges, we remain innovative in our approach to help people recover and reclaim their independence.
“It also means new job opportunities as we will need to increase our staffing levels to deliver these facilities. This is an exciting step forward in this new approach with our health partners, in particular, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust, and we will work together to ensure a seamless transition to the new services across all three facilities."