Get involved: Chilcompton consultation

Parents and families are being urged to get involved in the consultation on proposals for services based The Mill Children’s Centre in Chilcompton.

A nine-week public consultation started last month seeking views on the proposals. A second consultation information meeting will take place on Friday, 30 May, 1.30 – 3pm at the centre.

The proposals are about The Mill Nursery using more of the Children’s Centre to meet the local demand for child care. Under all options the current children’s services would continue to be provided in the community – in the centre and/or other suitable venues – though it  is proposed that the centre is de-designated*.

People can use the meetings to get more information, ask questions and give their views by completing a consultation survey. They can also complete the surveys in the Children’s Centre or on the Council’s website. The consultation is due to close on 18 June.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “There is still time for anyone with an interest to get involved with the consultation. We want to hear from as many people as possible so please come along or complete a survey in the centre or online.

“The current services will still be delivered in Chilcompton, but our proposals are for some change to exactly where. We know Children’s Centre services offer priceless support for children, young people and their families. Our work to restructure them is about getting the right support in the right place to those who need it most.”

Consultation surveys and supporting information are available in Chilcompton Children’s Centre and online (information can be found at www.somerset.gov.uk/childrencentres).

A consultation meeting has already taken place at Chilcompton, on Wednesday 30 April.

* Please note: If de-designated, a centre no longer has to provide these detailed records or detailed improvement plans for individual centres. It also means that a centre is no longer constrained to only providing services to people in its catchment area – it can be more flexible to meet needs wherever they may be. The services provided by the centre are still inspected by Ofsted but as part of a wider area inspection.