Support contract for sure start children’s centre community management models

Support contract for sure start children’s centre community management models

Department for Education.

UK-London: education and training services

2012/S 104-173966

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Department for Education
Level 1, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street
Contact point(s): Margaret Leopold
SW1P 3BT London
Telephone: +44 2077838004

Internet address(es):

Electronic access to information:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Support contract for sure start children’s centre community management models.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 27: Other services
NUTS code UK

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Education and training services. Social work and related services. Provision of services to the community. Business-development consultancy services. Services furnished by business organisations. The Department for Education is tendering for a support contract to work with a small number of groups of parents and community members who are interested in setting up their own community body so that they can:
— Bid to run their local children’s centre; or
— Build their capacity to do so by bidding to run some services at a children’s centre.
It is expected that the contract will be for a period of one year.
The Department will carry out an initial sift of expressions of interest and refer a small number of groups to the support contractor. There will be no direct funding for projects. The support will take the form of advice and guidance to help groups develop and test their proposals. Local authorities will have the final say as to whether a group’s bid to run a children’s centre or children’s centre services is successful.
The successful contractor will have knowledge and understanding of the sure start children’s centre sector; the core purpose of children’s centres; local authority commissioning; and issues surrounding community governance or management of children’s services.
The role of the support contract will be to:
— Help groups of parents to develop their own community management models, e.g. social enterprises and co-operatives – or to build their capacity to do by, for example, bidding to run some services at a children’s centre,
— Provide tailored advice and support to groups on a range of issues to help them overcome initial barriers and get projects off the ground,
— Encourage and broker relationships between groups and local authority/children’s centre staff and other professionals to build viable approaches that could work locally,
— Identify, promote and share good practice,
— Collect, manage and report to the Department knowledge and data on the delivery of support.
The resultant contract will be managed by the Department for Education.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80000000, 85300000, 75200000, 79411100, 98111000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

Estimated value excluding VAT: 150 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 12 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

11.7.2012 – 17:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.
A full specification, instructions to bidders, selection and evaluation criteria and a draft contract can be found at:

Hard copies of tenders must be sent to Margaret Leopold, DfE, Level 1, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BT, UNITED KINGDOM by 5pm on 11.7.2012. Tenders should also be e-mailed to Margaret Leopold no earlier than 5pm on 11.7.2012 and no later than 12 noon on 12.7.2012.
Any requests for further information should also be made by e-mail to Margaret Leopold: GO Reference: GO-2012531-PRO-3962735.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:31.5.2012