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In 2003 the Government carried out consultation with children and young people to find out how they thought the Government could help to improve their lives.  From the results of this consultation, the Government identified 5 key outcomes that children and young people said they wanted:

  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Make a postive contribtuino
  • Achieve economic well-being                                                                                                                                                                                                  

These 5 key outcomes then became part of a programme called 'Every Child Matters' (ECM)

Every Child Matters is about making sure that children and young people can be supported and given the opportunity to have a good life - whoever they are and no matter what problems they may face.  It aims to make sure that everyone involved in a child/young person's life is aware of the things that they need to help them to be happy, successful, healthy and safe.  ECM wants everyone to work together to make sure that children and young people are getting the support they need to meet the ECM outcomes, this includes parents, teachers, doctors, nurses, youth workers, nursery nurse workers, playworkers, social workers and many others.


To make this work, the Government wanted to bring together a range of services such as advice on health care and child development, play schemes, parenting classes, family support outreach, adult education, and advice under one roof.  ECM proposed the development of 'Sure Start Children's Centre's' focused on working with families to ensure that their children had the best possible start in life!


In 2004 the first round of Sure Start Centres were developed with a 'core' set of services that they had to provide, these were:                                                                                                    

Early Education & Child Care

  • Early education integrated with day care for babies and children until they reach school age.
  • Day care suitable for working parents - a minimum of 5 days a week, 48 weeks a year, 10 hours a day.
  • Nursery places will be open to all, not just families in the immediate area, to provide the best educational outcomes for all children.
  • Support for childminders, who may also offer linked care.
  • Early identification of children with special needs & disabilities with inclusive services and support for their families.
  • Visits to all children in the catchment area within two months of birth.
  • Access to specialist services.
  • Parenting support &  information as well as specific support for families in need & 'hard to reach' families.
  • Providing information & advice on parenting skills at significant transition points for the family.
  • Increasing parents understanding of their child's development
  • Increasing the involvement of fathers.
                                                                       

Child & Family Health Services

  • Ante-natal advice & support for parents.
  • Information & guidance on breast feeding, hygiene, nutrition & safety. 
  • Identification, support & care for those suffering from maternal depression.
  • Speech & language and other specialist support.
  • Smoking cessation interventions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Links with Schools & Children's Information Services

  • Links to local schools, extended schools & out-of-school activities.
  • Information to parents/carers about CIS.                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Links with Jobcentre Plus 

  • Linking in with local arrangements for collaboration with Jobcentre Pus Childcare Partnership Managers
  • Encouragement & support for parents/carers who wish to consider training & employment.

     

    The Government planned to have 3500 Sure Start Children's Centres in place by 2010.  In 2008, Wyke Community Centre approached with a view to the integration of the Wyke Sure Start Children's Centre.  We became a fully designated Sure Start Children's Centre in July 2009 and from this date we became known as 'Wyke Community & Children's Centre'.