A call to parents to tell us what they need to support their child

This week I’m keen to encourage as many people as possible to have their say on new plans to reshape how under 5s are supported in Staffordshire.

We’re at the ‘half-way’ point in the consultation and I feel that it’s critical that I press home how important it is for anyone who cares for a child to have their say.

How children are nurtured and cared for, how healthy and safe they are and the opportunities they have in their formative years have a huge impact on both their short term and long term health and wellbeing, and what they achieve in life.

That’s why we need to look at the current system. It’s just not working well enough to support children in the most important years of their life.

Only 25% of Staffordshire families benefit from the early years services we commission. Moreover, only 25% of our most vulnerable families are benefiting and only just over half (54%) of children are ready for school at the age of 5. This is just not good enough.

We need to reach families that need support earlier, we need to simplify how parents navigate the system , ensure that parents have access to sufficient quality children and ensure we protect the most vulnerable. We also need to change how we work with partners to do this.

No decisions will be made until January, but it is absolutely crucial for people to have their say before the consultation ends on 3 December. More information about the proposals and how you can have your say are available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/beststart

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