Parent and Community Support Services (PCSS)
From April 1st 2017 Children’s Centre provision is changing
in Gloucestershire; targeted children’s services up to the age of eleven will
now operate out of 16 Children and Family Centres across Gloucestershire. PATA,
in partnership with Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC), are
delivering the Parent and Community Support Service (PCSS) to support the 30
remaining children’s centres left in schools and libraries, with the aim to
maintain a range of universal and family support services in local communities.
PATA has two Early Years Community Support Workers (EYCSW), Sarah and
Kate. They are working alongside community groups supporting them to sustain
and grow early education; continue the existing provision and provide
information and advice about running a successful early year’s group. This may
include starting up a new parent and toddler group, helping to develop existing
family sessions or providing support for parents to keep groups running. The
EYCSW’s are helping groups organise and manage themselves initially; to
maintain a healthy and safe environment and provide appropriate training and
mentoring to support volunteers to develop skills and grow in confidence in
delivering children’s activities and ideas.
This project will have great benefits for children and families across
the county; quality toddler groups will mean children enter their local
playgroup or nursery with the skills gained in attending provision with good
play opportunities, and parents will know the value of the positive effect those
opportunities have on their child’s confidence, social skills and development,
as well as the value in meeting other parents for peer support.
This project is run by Sarah Urquhart and Kate Beevers and
supported by the office staff team.