Children's Centre Delivery

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The Council is facing ongoing financial challenges, which means we have had to look at different ways of ensuring that our Children's Centres continue to deliver on a range of council priorities, including reducing child poverty and providing early help and support to families.

The principle of changing the operating model for children’s centres was agreed last year by councillors last year, as part of the Medium Term Financial Plan.

Children's Centres are being included on a wider piece of work the Council is doing to bring together Early Help services.

We want to know what you think about our proposal to make Children's Centres more flexible, efficient and effective.

Under the new operating model, it is proposed that McNay Street Children's Centre will be designated as the main hub for the service, with additional delivery points at other Children's Centres - Skerne Park, Dodmire and Mount Pleasant. Outreach centres from both Red Hall Community Centre and Maidendale Community Centre would continue.

If the proposals are adopted, none of these centres would face closure, although the ones designated as delivery points may close during quieter periods, depending on local need.

A consultation on these plans starts on Tuesday 18 April and runs for six weeks.

You can tell us how the proposals will affect you by completing this survey.

Click here to read a fact sheet about the proposals.

Got a question? Check the FAQs page to see if it is answered there. If it is not, you can ask a member of staff at your Children's Centre or email sharon.quincey@darlington.gov.uk