Billinghay Children's CentreLincolnshire County Council A monthly programme of varied activities is available and is suitable for ages 0 - 5 years. With Ofsted currently being suspended from inspecting Children's Centres, now is the perfect time to undertake development work to enable your Centre to really shine when inspections resume.
People and skills A skilled and experienced workforce should be at the heart of any library service, combining expert information skills, with the ability to engage with communities to deliver outstanding services that support and enhance the prospects of all citizens.
Low-cost and accessible technologies are fuelling a new wave of creativity, problem solving and entrepreneurialism. You get most benefit for users and the service when service delivery is integrated wherever possible - shared support services, staffing arrangements and IT.
Digital offer Developing a compelling virtual presence which integrates seamlessly with the physical library provision, is increasingly important as more people communicate, use services and engage digitally.
This means looking at a range of issues such as: any commonality of users, and any synergies that can be realised the impact on staff designing accommodation to retain flexibility and to cater for any special needs for example privacy for certain groups or uses and any child protection or noise issues opening hours shared systems or support contracts the time and resource it will take to manage the process properly managing the financial implications both initial establishment and subsequent cost allocation retaining the distinctive role and value of the library in considering this route Case study: Ashburton library - Co-location with a Post Office Ashburton library service worked with 13 communities to explore different ways of delivering its services.
Though the city does have a restaurant with a small scale facility and run some classes for children through their parks and recreation department along with a gymnastics facility open to the public, they are not part of a comprehensive program for kids and parents.
Meeting corporate priorities With pressures on council budgets, every service has to be clear about how it is delivering against these council priorities. By involving internal and external viewpoints throughout the decision process, councils stand the best chance of reaching the best solution.
The facilities are designed to entertain, exercise and stimulate children while reinforcing good social skills in a group play environment. But you will want to use and focus upon those that are relevant to the priorities you have identified for your council and that will assist in designing a library service that meet local needs.
The evidence collected to inform your library strategy will help you build a persuasive case. It also suggests ways to improve and shares practical tools to use, alongside case studies of good practice.