Cumbria County Council aims to offer local access to services to make life better for children and families with Cumbria`s Sure Start Children`s Centres, Extended Services and other available services.
Cumbria`s Sure Start Children`s Centres provide support and information for parents and prospective parents on local services for themselves and their children. They aim to help ensure that these services are made available in an integrated manner, that every child in Cumbria has the best start in life and that parents have better opportunities. They aim to help make communities safer and stronger.
Services are tailored to meets local needs and may vary between different centres. All centres are expected to provide access to, or information about how to access, the following services:
- Good quality, integrated early learning and childcare
- Child and family services
- Family support services, including support for parents and children with additional needs
- Links with Jobcentre Plus to support parents and carers who are considering employment or training leading to employment
- Drop in sessions and other activities for children and carers
- Support for childminder networks
- Effective links with the Children and Families Information Service, local childcare providers, out of school clubs and extended services
In some cases services are provided across more then one site.
Are these services free of charge?
The majority of services are free, but all centres run differently so it is best to talk to the staff. There will usually be a charge for childcare.
When you register witha Sure Start Children`s Centre in Cumbria we askyou to fill in a form. This section tells you how we will use that information, and how we will keep it toprotect your privacy. Once you have registered youwill have access to a wide range of services from Sure Start Children`s Centres, and receive informationabout future events.
Protecting your Privacy
When you register with us we keep your details on file. This is because we have to keep a record of how many children the Sure Start Children`s Centres are reaching, and how each child/ren and families in Cumbria have been helped by our services. This is because the Government needs to know that the funds it gives to Sure Start Children`s Centres are working effectively. When you first start using our services we will ask you for some basic information about you and your family, such as age, ethnic origin, and additional needs. This is the same sort of information that is kept by schools and doctors. We will also keep your name and address so that you can be kept up to date with what is happening in Sure Start Children`s Centres in Cumbria. The Data Protection Act 1998 is a law that protects your privacy. If we keep any of your personal information we must:
tell you what information we need to collect from you
only use the information for the reason we have agreed with you
not ask for more information than we need
let you see any information we have collected about you, on request
keep the information safe, secure and confidential, where nobody else can see it
Our promise to you
to not pass on any personal information to other agencies, unless you agree
to strictly control access to any information about you
to keep any personal records held by Sure Start Children`s Centre staff strictly confidential
to keep any statistics that we provide to other agencies anonymous
It is important that you understand this information as it tells you what we will keep on our records when you register.
Sure Start Children`s Centres are committed to protecting children and strictly adhere to safeguarding polices and guidelines. Sure Start Children`s Centres and volunteers will at all times take action that is necessary to ensure children are kept safe and free from harm.
Sure Start Children`s Centre Services are delivered by Barnardo`s, Action for Children, Howgill Family Centre and Milnthorpe Family Centre on behalf of Cumbria County Council.
If there is anything you don`t understand or would like more information about, please contact your local Sure Start Children`s Centre or the Children and Families Information Service.
Children and Families Information Service. Call on 08457 125737 the enquiry line is open 9 am - 5 pm Monday to Friday. All calls are charged at local rate from anywhere in Cumbria. An answerphone is available when the office is closed and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Aiming High for Disabled Children
Aiming High for Disabled Children (AHDC): Better support for families, launched in May 2007, is the transformation programme for disabled children`s services. Its stated aim is `to improve service provision across the board for disabled children and their families, enhancing equality and opportunity for them`