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Wiltshire Council is underlining its commitment to support families with young children by targeting its early years service to those who need it most.
The early years team will now work in a more localised way ensuring nurseries, childminders, schools and the children’s centre all work together to support families in the local area, removing duplication from the service and making savings.
The review means the council is able to invest in parts of the service including those which help children with difficulties and disabilities. The reshaped service will also ensure all 30 children’s centres remain open. Support for providers working with children with difficulties and disabilities is currently available in term time only. Under these plans this more comprehensive service would be available all year round.
The review will mean a reduction in the number of posts from approximately 71.5 full time equivalent posts to 57, 4.5 of which will be current vacancies, however families most in need will receive more targeted and effective support.
Conservative Cabinet member with responsibility for children’s services, Cllr Lionel Grundy, said:
“We have to find innovative ways to protect and improve the service we give the providers which support families with young children while making efficiencies. I am pleased that these changes, which have reshaped the service and will invest in key areas, will ensure this is this the case.”