1st Edition

Integrated Children's Centres
Overcoming Barriers to Truly Integrated Services

ISBN 9780415479158
Published December 9, 2010 by Routledge
238 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

USD $49.95

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Book Description

Designed to be a one-stop-shop to meet the needs of local communities, Children’s Centres represent a revolutionary shift in the way children’s services are delivered to families. Integrated Children’s Centres looks at the way in which Children’s Centre development has built upon the research and experiences of initiatives such as the HeadStart programme in America and the SureStart programme. Exploring the component elements of truly integrative services and the key players in ensuring positive outcomes: families, the local authority, PCT, private and voluntary sectors, and faith groups, this book covers:

  • the challenges faced by children’s centres
  • how to tackle social issues through the medium of children's centres
  • achieving effective multi-agency working and true collaboration
  • the essentials of leading and managing children’s centres
  • the benefits of early intervention
  • how to effectively deliver health care, education and children’s services.

Providing a wealth of case studies, this highly topical book will be of interest to nursery and children’s centres managers and early years practitioners enrolled on the NPQICL or EYPS programmes, as well as students working towards a degree in Early Childhood Studies or MA in Early Years.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Why Sure Start Children’s Centres  2. The Background  3. Lessons from Abroad  4. Education  5. Health  6. Social Services  7. The Voluntary Sector  8. Training, Education and Employment  9. Parental Involvement  10. Children’s Centre Leadership  11. High Quality Leadership and the Early Years Professional Status Award  12. Accountability and Inspection Conclusion  13. Conclusion

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Carole Beaty is currently setting up a children’s centre in West Sussex. She was previously Programme Manager at the Littlehampton Children’s Centre and a tutor on the NPQICL programme run by the National College of School Leadership. She has also lectured in Early Years at the University of Chichester.