Information sought regarding the provision of Sure Start Children's Centres

Leonie Loreilhe made this Freedom of Information request to Shropshire Council

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Dear Shropshire Council,

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act I am requesting information about your Sure Start Children's Centre provision. Please could you provide me with the following information:

• How many children up to the age of 5 years are there currently in your Local Authority area (most recent population data will suffice)?
• How many designated Children’s centres were/ are there in your local Authority area in 2011/12 and 2012/13?
• Have you merged/clustered any of your centres and if so when and how?
• What is your Authority’s total Children's Centre budget for the financial years 2011/12 and 2012/13?
• Please provide the Authority’s Children's Centre budget breakdown for 2012/13 showing which staff are included e.g. Children's Centre managers, Children's Centre teachers, family support workers etc. and, the amount for venue costs etc.
• Are you planning any budget savings for 2013/14?
• How many of your Children’s Centres are Local Authority run and how many are run by external providers? Please name the external providers?
• Do you commission on a linear service model or by whole Children’s Centres or both?
• Do you have intentions to undertake a procurement process for any Local Authority run Children’s Centres and if so what is your timescale for commissioning and procurement?
• If your Children’s Centres are commissioned, what resources (e.g. individual managers per contract, other management costs,) do you have for their contract management and performance monitoring? Are these provided as separate functions or combined?
• If your Children’s Centres are commissioned as whole Centres, are the following provisions included in the agreement:
 Family Support
 Children's Centre teachers
• How many Children's Centre teachers do you have per Children's Centre?
• If your Children’s Centres are commissioned, have you included in the funding envelope for providers:
 Children's Centre overheads or
 re-charge costs
 inflation costs (please state how this is included, e.g. yearly % increase for duration of contract).
• If your Children’s Centres are commissioned, what is the current contract length (e.g. 2+2+1 years)?
• What age range do your Children’s Centres cover (e.g. 0-5’s, 0-12’s)
• Do your Children’s Centres serve the whole county or parts of the county. If parts, please explain in terms of criteria for delivery. E.g. 30% most disadvantaged wards etc?
• What is the management and delivery model? E.g. Clusters managed by a coordinator, Hub and spoke with one Manager and a deputy manager,
• Are your Children’s Centres integrated or jointly commissioned with other services, e.g. locality services, community health services.
• Who is the lead officer for Children's Centre provision and Children's Centre commissioning in your Authority and what are their contact details?

Yours faithfully,

Ms Loreilhe

Shropshire Council

Dear Ms Loreilhe

Re: Information Request - Reference Number: 2012110032

Thank you for your request for information received on 8 November 2012. We
are currently processing your request in accordance with the relevant
legislation and will respond to you within 20 working days.

You have requested details regarding Sure Start Children’s Centre
Provision, as outlined in the letter of request.
(Please note this may be a summary of your request and full details, as
outlined in the request, will be sent to the team providing the
information)

If you feel the information is inaccurate or requires amendment, please
notify us as soon as possible using the contact details provided below.

Yours sincerely

Information Governance Team
Shropshire Council
Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
SHREWSBURY
SY2 6ND

Tel: 01743 252179 or 252774
Email: [Shropshire Council request email]
Web: www.shropshire.gov.uk/foi.nsf

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Dear Ms Loreilhe

Further to your Freedom of Information request which we received on 8
November 2012, please find our response below.

Yours sincerely

Information Governance Team
Shropshire Council
Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
SHREWSBURY
SY2 6ND

Tel: 01743 252179/252774
Email: [Shropshire Council request email]
Web: www.shropshire.gov.uk/foi.nsf

(See attached file: 2012110032 - response.pdf)

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