Families with young children are being invited to give their views on universal children’s centre services as part of a consultation now open.
Northamptonshire County Council currently provides universal children’s centre services for children under five through its 36 libraries.
Following the authority’s decision earlier this month to decommission 21 libraries in the county, the 12-week consultation will ask parents and carers for their views on the locations of universal children’s centre services and the range of services available.
County council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing Cllr Sylvia Hughes said: “We recognise the importance of providing support for young families and the positive impact this support can have on young children and their life chances.
“The review of library services in Northamptonshire provides an opportunity for us to look at the way we deliver universal children’s centre services across the county for our under fives.
“We want to hear from existing and future service users to help us shape our services going forwards. This may mean some existing services in libraries which are not closing may be relocated to other community venues.
“We are also keen to ensure our services are delivered in areas of greatest need to address inequalities, working alongside existing health and children’s services.”
Parents and carers can take part in the online consultation and find out more by visiting www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/consultations.
There will also be a series of public consultation events throughout April and May, details of which will be advertised at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/childrenscentreconsultation.