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PARENTS GET GREATER ACCESS TO CHILDREN'S SERVICES

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Education and employment secretary David Blunkett has opened a ...
Education and employment secretary David Blunkett has opened a

one-stop-shop for parents wanting information on local childcare and

early years services in Sheffield.

Speaking at the official launch of Sheffield's Children's Information

Service (CIS) he said:

'The National Childcare Strategy promised good quality, affordable

and accessible childcare. Sheffield's Children's Information Service

is an exemplary scheme offering advice and information on all the

city's childcare and children's services, including nursery

education.

'Children's Information Services provide information on all the

support that is available to families and lone parents that will

enable them to have better access to the labour market. It is this

support that will help parents meet their responsibilities to their

children and make a positive contribution to their communities and

society in general.

'On the day that the chancellor launches the publicity around the

Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC), this service provides an ideal

point of contact to provide advice on the help working parents can

get from the government to help cover their childcare costs. In

addition, it will also be able to provide information on the

childcare provision open to people on the 'New Deal for Lone Parents'.

The service will also be able to tell people about the Sure Start

programme which helps the development of children from the moment

they are born, in order to overcome disadvantage and protect

parenting.

'By having this one-stop-shop in an accessible and busy location all

parents will be able to find out more about the support available to

help their children develop and be well looked after and to help them

get a job.'

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