Resort pioneers early years work

Blackpool Town Hall and (below) council leader Simon Blackburn.
Blackpool Town Hall and (below) council leader Simon Blackburn.
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Town Hall work to improve the lives of young children in Blackpool has won national praise.

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF), a Government organisation, has announced the resort is one of 20 ‘pioneering places’ they will work with to improve ‘early intervention’ provision across the country.

The local authority will now advise early years’ experts from the Government and policy makers are to visit the resort to see how early years’ intervention is helping to improve fortunes for children in Blackpool.

Work in Blackpool will then be rolled out in similar programmes nationwide.

Early intervention is based on the idea of supporting children and families at an earliest possible stage in their life when problems first appear, rather than intervening when they reach crisis point.

Coun Sarah Riding, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “I’m delighted that our work has been recognised.

“We want all children in Blackpool to be given the best possible start in life. It is experiences in their early years which influence exactly how a child develops.

“The Foundation was particularly impressed by our new Getting It Right pilot, which will make it much easier for Blackpool families to access local services and receive the best support possible, in turn vastly improving the prospects for their children.”

The Lancashire county area was also named one of the 20 pioneering places.

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