Multi-partner initiative scoops award shortlist for work with local 2yr olds
A new service for 0-19 year olds in Cheshire West and Chester has been shortlisted in this year’s Childcare Works Award.
The Starting Well 0-19 Service, which is provided by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) and commissioned by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC), launched in January 2018 and brings together Health and Education into one integrated service. The Starting Well teams run from Children’s Centres and consist of Early Years Workers, My Well-being Advisors and other CWP Starting Well specialisms including: Health Visiting, Family Nurse Partnership, and Public Health Nursing (including immunisations and vaccinations) all working to support children, young people and families to maximise their life chances and support their health and wellbeing.
The service has been shortlisted in the ‘2 year olds’ category due to the efforts of its Early Years Workers, who will attend the National Progress Sharing Meeting on March 20, where the winners of the Childcare Works Awards will be announced.
CWP’s Val Sturgess, Clinical Services Manager for Starting Well, said: “I was delighted to hear that our Early Years Workers have been shortlisted for this award. The work they do is crucial in helping local children get the best possible start in life through access to high quality early years education.”
She added: “In 2014 CWaC developed processes to ensure that all eligible 2 year olds were ‘reached’ by the Children’s Centre service and that families understood the benefits of accessing quality childcare. As the new provider for this service we are continuing this work to ensure all eligible children and their families meet with an Early Years Worker to discuss their child’s development and personal circumstances so that their individual needs are met.”
Councillor Nicole Meardon, Cabinet Member Children and Families, said: “This is fantastic news. The innovative Starting Well Service benefits local children and families by providing an integrated service from pre-birth to 19 years. Early years workers are integral to the service and by reaching families with two year olds we are introducing them early to the service so their child can benefit right through to adulthood.”