A Better Start

What is A Better Start Southend all about?

A Better Start Southend is a ten-year programme aiming to make Southend the best place in the country to be a child – and a parent. We want to bring parents, carers and professionals together to develop services for young children and their families, because we believe we will only be successful if we work with the people who understand Southend’s children best.

If you live in Southend and are a parent or carer of a child under four years-old, if you’re expecting a baby, or if you work with young children, please take a look at our plans for the future. You can find out more about A Better Start Southend here.

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We believe:

  • Prevention is better than cure: offering support at an early age is better for children and their families than having to put things right if they go wrong.
  • Test and learn – then apply the lessons: we’ll do things on a small scale at first so that we can learn from them, sharing good experiences – and bad – as a way of improving the system as a whole. And when we know that something works – that’ll be the time to make it part of the way Southend does business.
  • Co-design and co-production is the key: we want to see services designed in partnership with the people who use them, not just delivered to them.

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The programme

Southend is one of five sites (the others are BlackpoolBradfordNottingham and Lambeth) that will share funding, expertise and practical experiences as the programme develops.

Southend’s programme combines over £40m of Big Lottery Funding with £53m from the Southend–on-Sea Borough Council’s Early Years budget and other sources. It is being delivered in partnership with the Council and the Pre-School Learning Alliance. The programme also has the support of a range of other organisations across the area. The work done in all of the five areas across the country is being evaluated by academic experts at the University of Warwick, so the good practice we develop over the coming years can be shared more widely in future.

Find out more

For more information on A Better Start Southend, please visit www.abetterstartsouthend.co.uk or like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/abetterstartsouthend.

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