Childcare sufficiency assessment - questionnaires
The Council is undertaking it's childcare sufficiency assessment which looks at the childcare market in the Borough. In order to help us gain an overall picture, we would like to canvas the views of (1) parents and carers who access childcare and (2) employers in the borough. Your opinions are important to us and will help ensure that in Blackburn with Darwen has sufficient childcare provision to meet demand.
Parents and carers
If you are a parent, carer or parent-to-be, we would like your views as we are interested in finding out what you think about childcare provision in the Borough. Please click here to download and fill out the parents/carers questionnaire.
We are asking employers in the Borough for their views on the state of the local childcare market and whether they consider that existing provision supports employees who are working parents. Please click here to download the employers questionnaire.
How to respond
Questionnaires can be downloaded here and returned back to us using the freepost address below. All replies will be handled confidentially. The closing date for responses is Friday 20th December. Results will be published in the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment report in April 2014.
If you have any queries or concerns please contact: Lois Holden, Early Years Operational Manager in Early Years on (01254) 666771.
Early Years Business Team (K Floor, Tower Block)
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
King William Street
Changes to planned educational input by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
Dear Headteacher/Head of Organisation
You are probably aware of the current industrial dispute between the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) and the Government and the forthcoming planned disruption. Whilst the dispute is not between Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and its firefighters it does unfortunately mean that on Wednesday 25th September, in order to preserve emergency response cover, there will be some disruption to some of the other services we provide. It is with regret that educational input, such as Childsafe, booked for that day, and on any other days that action is planned, will have to be postponed. It is expected that should further action be arranged by the FBU the dates will be announced in the press.
However, sessions will be rearranged so if you are affected you should expect to be contacted by your local fire station staff in the near future in order to organise a new date. I would be grateful if you could inform your staff accordingly.
We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding of the situation.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Paul Slee B.Ed (Hons) CASE PGCE
Prevention Support Officer
Service Development Department
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
Tel - mobile: 0782 333 7001
Tel - office: 01772 866947
Tel - internal ext: (2) 6947
Fax - 01772 866949
Call 0800 169 1125 to book a free Home Fire Safety Check.
Working with Vulnerable Families
New NDNA publication for childcare providers
Working with Vulnerable Families provides information on what makes a family vulnerable and on the ways that childcare providers can offer support.
This publication illustrates just how important early intervention is for future achievement and why the government has been right to invest in better quality provision for younger children.
In particular, the publication encourages childcare practitioners to reflect on how they can support vulnerable families through the use of case studies and suggested activities.
Key sections of the book include:
To order you copy contact NDNA on;
Switchboard: 01484 40 70 70 ext 228
Fax: 01484 40 70 60