KEY ISSUES FOR THE 1999 PLAN
An initial draft was circulated in early November. We need to build on 98 Plan. Thanks for all those who responded. The draft paper for conference includes Achievements over the past year, actions proposed over the coming year, & Key Issues for discussion, namely
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ACHEIVEMENTS OVER THE PAST YEAR
However given the lack of actual resources for the Partnership to date there is a lot remaining to be done. The Partnership members and Working Groups have been seeking to build on the current Plan and identify new targets. There are likely at last to be some more resources from 1 April 99:-
Set out below are the more obvious things we hope to do. Overleaf are the more difficult issues on which we want your comments either at the Working Groups or in writing asap. You need to let us know what you thinks needs to be done if you want to see it happen.
The key issues overleaf will form the basis for workshop discussions. Please feel free to write in with any further comments the sooner the better. Send to: Bristol Early Years & Childcare Partnership, c/o Avon House, Floor 14, The Haymarket, Bristol BS99 7EB T: 903 7969 F: 903 7738 Draft a/ 16.12.98
or eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org or via our web site http://freespace.virgin.net/dave.sutton/
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for discussion at Working Groups what 5 things do we need to do on each topic?
1. HOW CAN WE BETTER INVOLVE PARENTS & CHILDREN?
How do we improve the involvement and consultation with parents? With children? How we ensure all settings encourage parental involvement and meet minimum standards in relating to parents? What help & advice exists for developing appropriate policies? What support needs to be available to parents and informal carers? How are parents representatives best selected? How will they represent other parents and maintain communication? How do we ensure all parents are taken into account? (from ethnic groups? Very young parents? Lone parents? Working parents?). How can the Partnership best communicate with parents? How do we link with Parent/ Governor organisations?
How can the Partnership best communicate with the wider "early years" and "childcare" constituencies? Would quarterly forums help?Who can best consult with young children? What training/ support / time/ resources are needed? Who decides on the purpose & issues of such consultation? How will responses get used? How will the messages from consultation in specific settings be used to inform & influence other provision?
2. HOW CAN WE TAKE CHILDCARE INTO THE MAINSTREAM?
(Yes affordability what will impact of Childcare Tax Credit be?) How do we ensure all schools have a role in the childcare strategy? Should it be an item at every AGM? What sort of help is needed to make this happen? How do we ensure appropriate childcare for 10-14 year olds? How high a priority is this? Or is childcare for under 3s an objective? How do we best support & sustain existing provision?How do we help employers see the value of family friendly employment practices? How do we balance funding training & infrastructure against provision of new places?
3. HOW CAN WE BEST MANAGE DEVELOPMENT & GROWTH?
Where should we be creating extra places? In what sector? In what geographical area? For what age groups? Breakfast clubs? Flexibility? Diversity? How do we ensure new developments are sustained? How do we ensure new developments do not harm good existing provision? What sort of support is needed to help with lottery (New Opportunities Fund) bids? How do we best encourage & support local area networks? How do we ensure they are informed and empowered within an overall strategy? Who needs to be involved in bidding for new initiatives and funding? Who is excluded?
How can we best resolve "admission" disputes? If a pre-school place goes beyond September, who pays for the school place being held vacant? Do voluntary & private providers need training on Admissions policy & appeals procedures?
4. HOW DO WE ENSURE QUALITY UNDERPINS ALL OUR WORK?
Do people know about the Bristol Standard? How can we promote its use? How do we take forward a "Foundation Stage" to ensure it is based on a good quality nursery/ supportive play curriculum? What changes are needed to Reception Year? Should there be a minimum standard for non-contact time? Is it a priority to fund better adult/ child ratios? To develop more full-time places? How do we promote good quality pay and conditions (to provide a skilled stable workforce)?
What needs to be in the "Quality Protects Action Plan"? Do we need a voluntary registration system for nannies?
5. HOW DO WE ENSURE AN EFFECTIVE TRAINING STRATEGY?
Is the role of the Partnership to co-ordinate all the trainers or to facilitate training directly? What are the priorities for training? How can we ensure quality & integration across all training? Improve accessibility? How do we ensure there are effective equal opportunities policies and anti-racist practices in all settings? Should the Standards Fund employ a training co-ordinator?
6. HOW DO WE ENSURE THAT "HARD TO REACH CHILDREN & FAMILIES", and PARENTS NEEDING EXTRA SUPPORT ARE FULLY INCLUDED?
How do we ensure inclusion in all settings? What support is needed? How do we improve support for families? Who represents the interests of excluded groups volunteer groups? Under 3s? family support services?
Who makes the case for grant aid for groups like community based play? leisure & arts activities? Self-help groups? Should these fall within the remit of the Partnership? Is there adequate support & training in Child Protection and SEN? Can all settings access the necessary support & training? Who will pay for it? How do parents get informed on help for children with Special Needs? Which providers offer particular support?
Remember- let us know what you want to see happen as soon as possible - or even in writing after the Conference.
or questions or information for inclusion.