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.
The services will now be provided by the two councils’ new health and social care partnership, which will employ 97 staff who previously worked for Premier Home Care, the previous provider.
Anthea Dickson, cabinet member for health and social care at North Ayrshire Council. said: “There were clearly a number of things we had to consider during our detailed talks with Premier Home Care and all other interested parties… But our primary concern was always the service users and ensuring there was no disruption to the service both in the short-term and as we move forward in the longer term.
“We have a really good track record of care provision and I'm confident that by taking on the service in-house we can move forward seamlessly and continue to provide a high standard of care.”
Rita Miller, South Ayrshire’s Council’s portfolio holder for health and social care, said: “This has been a very challenging time for everyone involved and we've had to move extremely quickly to ensure we continue to provide high-quality care for some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.
“I’m very pleased that, as far as our service users are concerned, it will be very much business as usual and we're contacting them directly to provide that reassurance. Our focus will be to ensure a smooth and seamless transition over the weekend and the continued provision of the best possible service.”
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