We want to hear from parents (including expectant parents), carers and families with 0-5 year old children, as well as front line workers on how to improve outcomes for children in Warwickshire.
Parents and carers can now complete our new online survey here. By telling us their views, they will get the chance to enter our Prize Draw to win one of three prizes:£100 multi-store shopping voucher and two £50 multi-store shopping vouchers. Please can you share this survey link with parents you work with through your social media pages, email or newsletter.
We want to know about what early years help parents, carers and families value, where they go to for support, and what support would have helped but has been missing for them (gaps and unmet needs).
We also have new Facebook and Twitter pages through which we will provide updates on the Smart Start programme and engagement activity. Please can you share the links below with parents and families of children aged 0-5 years that you engage with.
Engagement with families
From January to May 2016, Warwickshire CAVA (Community and Voluntary Action) will be working with the Smart Start Programme to talk to families across the county. Events and focus groups will be taking place over the next few months, to give parents and carers from across the county the chance to have their say. Click here for more information or visit our Facebook page
Engagement with professionals
Focus Groups and interviews with front line workers
The Warwickshire Public Health Team are currently running a series of Smart Start focus groups and semi-structured interviews with maternity and early years front line staff from different service sectors across the county. This engagement exercise will continue up to March 2016.
If you’re working with 0-5s families (including expectant parents) and are keen to share your views, you can join one of the Smart Start focus groups.
If you’re unable to join a focus group, you can request a semi-structured interview by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens next?
Once we have gathered all views, they will be used to help decide on what support, services and activities are provided in Warwickshire in the future. (Please note all information provided by parents and families will remain confidential and contact information will not be shared)
For more information on the Smart Start programme visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/smartstart