Childcare support scheme
London Borough of Southwark
In response to one of Southwark’s Anti-Poverty strategy objectives, to
Children’s Services (Education & Culture) and Southwark Children First (Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership or EYDCP) in 2004, developed a range of programmes to improve the availability of affordable childcare in the borough.
The Childcare Support Scheme was one of the programmes devised under this initiative. The Southwark Childcare Support Scheme is a unique service providing childcare support (advisory and financial) and advice about accessing training and employment to all low-income parents, including lone parents, teenage parents, and refugee and asylum seeking parents at a borough-wide level.
The scheme aims to support parents from the initial stages of considering training through to the first six months of employment, by providing continuity of childcare for parent and child, as well as a support network of local training and employment advisors.
The following services are provided:
This project is part of a wider Neighbourhood Renewal Fund programme set up to provide advice and support to those vulnerable groups who are currently not engaged in education, training or the labour market for a variety of reasons.
The project, which includes six new advisory posts, aims to target support at those for whom there are specific or multiple barriers to getting into, or back to work.
Target beneficiaries include those suffering from mental health issues, people with learning or physical disabilities, problems with drug or alcohol misuse, those who lack basic skills, and those who lack of affordable childcare etc.
Quotes from service users:
For more information please contact Eugene Nixon on 020 7525 3519.