Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Children & Young People Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday, 21st November, 2012
Time:
05.00 p.m.
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Library, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Barbara Inman (Chairman), Cllr Carol Clark, Cllr Elliot Kennedy, Cllr Ken Lupton.
Officers:
Cheryl Azam, Lynda Brown, Janet Marriott, Jane Wright (CESC); Fiona McKie, Judith Trainer (LD).
In Attendance:
Phil Rigby, Ione Branton (Parent Governor Representatives); Dianne Roberts (Nursery Manager, Redhill and Port Clarence); Denise Lakinski (North Tees Day Nursery); Catherine Mason (Little Ladybirds Nursery); Susan Dawson (Norton Primary); Christine Smith (Area Manager 4 Children); Jean Orridge (High Clarence Primary School).
Apologies for absence:
were submitted by Cllr Ben Houchen, Cllr Ray McCall, Cllr Ross Patterson, Cllr Tracey Stott.
Item Description Decision
Public
CYP
28/12
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
 
CYP
29/12
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
None
CYP
30/12
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 5TH SEPTEMBER 2012
 
CYP
31/12
DRAFT MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 10TH OCTOBER 2012
AGREED that the minutes of the meeting held on 10th October 2012 be approved.
CYP
32/12
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF QUALITY AND SUFFICIENCY OF CHILDCARE
AGREED that the comments be noted.
CYP
33/12
UPDATES ON PREVIOUSLY AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS
AGREED that the Progress Updates be noted and the assessments for progress be confirmed.
CYP
34/12
CHAIR'S UPDATE
There was no update at this meeting.
CYP
35/12
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the Work Programme be noted.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
CYP
30/12
The minutes of the meeting held on 5th September 2012 were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
CYP
31/12
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 10th October 2012.
CYP
32/12
As part of Members review of Quality and Sufficiency of Childcare, various childcare providers had been invited to the meeting to provide evidence. Areas for discussion were circulated prior to the meeting and included:

• How to ensure providers engage with Journey to Outstanding,
• Do providers feel they get enough support for safeguarding,
• Relationships between settings,
• Two year old places.

The following comments were made:

- Penalty clauses for those that don't engage with Journey to Outstanding
- Outstanding childcare providers to offer advice/mentoring to others
- Outstanding childcare providers to hold drop in surgeries for advice and assistance for other providers
- Provision of information so that parents can make well advised choices
- Innovations to encourage engagement ie. Star ratings for childcare providers
- Advertisement of Scheme to parents - were parents aware of their childcare providers Ofsted rating and if they were/were not engaging
- Help from SBC staff to complete Ofsted forms
- Training ie. Safeguarding, IT skills etc.
- Sharing of information and good practice through networking, with networks based around children centre areas, linking the various settings and schools via a "Childminder Associate Model"
- Improving relations between private nursery/childcare provision and school nursery provision
- Lack of provision in some areas of the Borough such as Port Clarence.
- Partnership working with Schools ie. private providers being able to provide handover information if required when a child goes directly from a private provider into full time School.

Members thanked everyone that had attended for their input.
CYP
33/12
Members were requested to consider the assessments of progress contained within the Progress Updates on the implementation of previously agreed recommendations. There were outstanding recommendations from the Efficiency, Improvement and Transformation (EIT) reviews of Early Intervention Grant (EIG) and School Effectiveness.
CYP
35/12
The next meeting would be held on Wednesday 19th December 2012.

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