Council wants to hear views on early years services

Sandy Aitchison
Sandy Aitchison

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is carrying out consultation to help plan more flexibility in future early years services across the region.

The Early Years Team wants to gather the views of parents and carers on services currently available and whether these are meeting their needs. They are keen to hear from families who make use of early learning and childcare services, including out of school and full day care.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, SBC’s executive member for education said: “High quality early learning and childcare play a critical role in the formative years of a child’s development. Not only do they promote long term health and wellbeing, they provide children with an invaluable start. It is therefore vital that parents and carers have their say on what they see as the priorities for future delivery of these services. By taking part in the survey, they will be able to shape the council’s planning process in a way that will be of benefit to themselves and their local communities. I would encourage all parents to take the time to fill out the survey and tell us what is important to them and their families.”

Questionnaires have been issued through schools, childcare settings, toddler groups and via health visitors and can be handed in to any primary or secondary school, council contact centre or local childcare provider. They can also be posted to the Early Years Team, Scottish Borders Council, Newtown St Boswells TD6 0SA. An online version is available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/parentalconsultation2015

Closing date for the consultation is July 9.