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The future for Rising Stars Children's Centre

Tuesday May 26 2015




RISING Stars Children’s Centre at Worsbrough Common will operate as an outreach site for early help for families but will stop delivering nursery provision.

Barnsley Council confirmed that under its proposed new family centres model, Rising Stars will deliver a range of services on a timetabled basis, supported by outreach workers.

The council said nursing provision from the centre would be stopped as there is other provision in the local area run by the private and voluntary sectors.

You can give your views on the proposed model by completing a questionnaire on the council's website. Printed copies of the questionnaire are available from the borough’s children’s centres.

The final proposal will be subject to cabinet approval in the autumn and the new family centres will open next April.

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Reply Posted by Millie on Tuesday May 26 2015 at 14:32
The idea that services will be offered at rising stars on a timetabled basis run by outreach workers is very misleading. The consultation booklet clearly says that the Rising Stars building will be given back to the school. To me, this means there will not be a Rising Stars childrens centre any more. It will be Worsbrough Common school.There won't be any childrens centre/family centre staff based at this site. Surely this means that any activities that outreach workers, from outside the Worsbrough Common area, think will be of benefit for families in our community, will need to be negotiated with the school to see if they are able to accommodate them. As this is still a consultation I cannot imagine that there has been any negotiations, so I do not see how the council can say that services will continue to be offered at rising stars. They say there is also other nursery provision locally. How much of that provision is rated outstanding by ofsted, how many have close links to the local school, and how many of those places have vacancies.