Sure Start Tender

Sure Start Tender

Provision of Sure Start Children’s Centre management for Islington Council.

Islington
1112-103 Conewood Children’s Centre – The provision of Sure Start Children’s Centre management
Category/Categories:
85000000 – Health and social work services
85312110 – Child daycare services
Additional Categorisation(s):
None
Summary:
The London Borough of Islington is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified organisations with relevant experience to manage one of its network of 16 Sure Start Children’s Centres. The services required are to provide integrated childcare and education, family support health and community outreach services and advice and guidance for families with children under 5 at Conewood Sure Start Children’s Centre.
This service will contribute to the aims and key objectives of Islington’s Sure Start Children’s Centres which work collaboratively with each other and with partner agencies to improve outcomes for all children, and particularly to narrow the gap between the 20% of children who do least well at the end of reception and the rest of their cohorts. Services will be appropriately targeted to achieve this objective.
Current status
The service will provide integrated all year round care and education for children 0-5, an outreach and family support and health programme to all families with a child under 5 living in the catchment area and will work with the most disadvantaged families.
The Provider will ensure that the service is provided in a non-discriminatory and professional manner by experienced, appropriately qualified and courteous staff in a way that demonstrates respect for the dignity and value of children and their parents/carers and sensitivity to their individual situation and experiences. The service shall positively respond to cultural, religious, language, gender, sexuality, disability, age and communication needs.
Centres will:
  • Involve parents, grandparents and other carers in ways that build on their existing strengths;
  • Avoid stigma by ensuring that services are targeted within a universal context;
  • Ensure lasting support by making links with services for older children;
  • Be culturally appropriate and sensitive to particular needs;
  • Promote the participation of all local families in the design and working of the Centre and its services.
The requirement
Applicants must have a proven track record of delivering services including several among the following: to young parents, lone parents, parents of disabled children, parents from minority ethnic families, fathers; parents: with a learning disability ;with mental health problems; experiencing domestic violence; misusing drugs and/alcohol; families of offenders, and families in temporary accommodation; refugee families, and those in most need of intervention and support.
To ensure:
  • strong, confident parents and children by building on families’ strengths
  • ensure children have the best start in life and support child development and school readiness , through high quality care and education
  • full involvement and engagement of parents and children by working in partnership with them towards mutually agreed goals
  • confident, articulate parents by strengthening parents as individuals and in their relationships with their children
  • safe and healthy children by protecting them and promoting their health and well-being
  • reduced incidence of family breakdown by keeping families together where this is in the best interests of the children and adults
The contract will run for a period of 3 years from 01 Sept 2012. There may be an option to extend the contract for up to three years, depending on further funding being secured and the successful provider meeting key performance targets.
The maximum available budget for this service is £520,000 per annum; however there may be additional funding, of up to £195,000 per annum from parental fees in line with council charging policy (The parental fees will be confirmed at tendering stage).
The Council recognises its responsibility to make substantive efforts to keep families above the poverty line, which is unmet by the National Minimum Wage owing to the high cost of living in the Capital. The Council is looking for an organisation to support fair wages for its staff by paying the London Living Wage, with fair sickness, union and leave entitlements.
The Local Authority believes that TUPE will apply to some or all of the staff currently providing this service. Further details will be provided at invitation to tender stage.
 
Contact:
Ms Zeudi Merhasion
Email Address:
zeudi.merhasion@islington.gov.uk
Telephone:
020 7527 3130
Fax:
020 7527 3013
Address:
Ground Floor
7 Newington Barrow Way
Finsbury Park
Greater London
N7 7EP
United Kingdom

Key Dates

Estimated contract start date:
01/09/2012
Estimated contract end date:
31/08/2018
Expression of interest start date:
24/11/2011 14:00
Expression of interest end date:
15/01/2012 00:00

Other Information

Contract Period:
36 (months)
Anticipated Extension Period:
36 (months)
Number of Anticipated Extensions:
1