Support contract for sure start children’s centre community management models
Department for Education.
UK-London: education and training services
Section I: Contracting authority
Department for Education
Level 1, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street
Contact point(s): Margaret Leopold
SW1P 3BT London
Telephone: +44 2077838004
Electronic access to information: http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/policiesandprocedures/procurement/b0037/current-contracts-advertised-by-the-department
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)
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 27: Other services
NUTS code UK
— 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.
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Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
A full specification, instructions to bidders, selection and evaluation criteria and a draft contract can be found at: http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/policiesandprocedures/procurement/b0037/current-contracts-advertised-by-the-department.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. GO Reference: GO-2012531-PRO-3962735.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:31.5.2012