Have your say on changes to children’s services in Northants

A meeting is being held at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden
A meeting is being held at the Pemberton Centre in Rushden

People are being invited to public meetings across the county as part of a consultation about proposals to changes to children’s centres venues.

Recent changes to how children’s centre services are delivered mean that new providers are spending more time with families in their homes and increasing the number of local venues used.

The authority says children’s centre buildings are not needed to the same extent as before so the county council is consulting about proposals to reduce the opening hours in some children’s centre buildings and in five cases, to change the venue to a more suitable location.

The meetings are being held at the following venues:

10am, Monday, November 17, Pemberton Centre, Rushden

5pm, Monday, November 17, Ise Valley Pavilion Community Centre, Kettering

1pm, Tuesday, November 18, Towcester Children’s Centre

4pm, Tuesday, November 18, Brackley Leisure Centre

2pm, Wednesday, November 19, Duston Community Centre, Northampton

1pm, Thursday, November 20, Croyland Children’s Centre, Wellingborough

6pm, Wednesday, November 26, Brixworth Primary School

6pm, Wednesday, November 26, Long Buckby Children’s Centre, Long Buckby Community Centre

10am, Thursday, November 27, Blackthorn Community Centre, Northampton

5.30pm, Friday, November 28, Thrapston Plaza

People can also take part in the consultation by completing the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChildrensCentreSurvey2014, requesting and emailing a completed questionnaire to CCConsultation@northamptonshire.gov.uk or posting a completed questionnaire to Early Help & Prevention, Samita Shah, Room 140, County Hall, Northampton, NN1 1AY.

Details of the proposals are available to view on the council’s website at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/consultation.

The consultation will run until Friday, December 19.

Feedback will be reported to the county council’s cabinet in February 2015.

If approved, the changes will take effect from April 2015.