Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Joint adoption services for five local authorities
A group of five local authorities are to combine adoption services to increase the number of children being adopted and improve the experience of adopters.
Launching at the start of September, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Halton Borough Council and WWiSH - which incorporates St Helens, Warrington and Wigan Councils - will join their services to ensure all children and families in the adoption process receive the best possible guidance and support.
Together for adoption will build on the existing high-quality service from dedicated and highly skilled employees which families receive from each of the local authorities.
Nicole Meardon, cabinet member for Children and Young People at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Ensuring that vulnerable children and young people feel safe and protected is one of the Councils key priorities. Our outstanding adoption service is looking forward to working with our partners across the region and will continue to build on the good practice already achieved in our area.
“This is an exciting new period for the adoption service in west Cheshire and will provide those going through the adoption journey with the best support available and find families that are the right match for our children in a timely way.”
Bryan Glover from Together for adoption added: “Together for adoption will be there to help families throughout their adoption journey, ensuring families and potential adopters will get the very best in care and support. We cannot wait to start helping them get the best future for all.”