Brent Council Children's Centre Redevelopments

Closes 6 Aug 2019

Opened 2 Jul 2019

Overview

Brent Council believes that every child should reach their full potential. Mostly children in Brent achieve this without extra support, but some will need additional help. This may be because of extra needs they have, family circumstances or other problems the family are dealing with. Brent Council wants to help these families with children aged 0-18 (or up to 25 with disabilities), who need additional help, as early as possible.  

They do so in a very challenging financial environment. By 2020, Brent will have had a 79% cut in funding from the UK government, even though more people need help. In a number of local authorities, children’s centres are reducing in overall numbers and the services they provide. 

Brent Council currently has 15 children’s centres providing services to families and children aged 0-4 years across the borough. Following extensive public consultation about a wide range of savings proposals, the Council decided to develop 8 Family Hubs from children’s centre locations in Brent and end existing children’s centre provisions from the remaining locations.

Children’s centres are a vital part of Brent’s services to children aged 0 to 4 years and their families, especially to those in greatest need. Developing Family Hubs aims to make savings by consolidating the number of sites from which children’s centre services are provided, while enhancing what else is provided to families at the sites. It may be for some group activities that are not for families in greatest need, these could be sustained through introducing small charges for use.  

Developing Family Hubs in Brent presents new opportunities. These include widening the age range of support available for families and bringing more services and activities into one place to meet the needs of the whole family. This is a key priority in Brent’s new Borough Plan (2019 - 23).

Why We Are Consulting

The Council is keen to hear what you think about this and what your main priorities and concerns are. This survey is completely anonymous and will be analysed by an independent research organisation, so that you can share your views confidentially.

The survey should take no more than 7-10 minutes to complete. The survey is open across 2 July - 6 August 2019. Thank you. 

Give Us Your Views

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • All Residents
  • Children and young people
  • Councillors / MPs
  • Governing bodies
  • Schools
  • Parents / Guardians
  • Partner agency
  • People with disabilities
  • Teachers

Interests

  • Consultations