A SERVICE for children provided by Kirklees council has been nominated for a national award.
The council’s work for children and the early years sector has been honoured by the National Day Nurseries Association.
Kirklees Council was nominated for the prestigious “Member Champion” award – given to councils which have worked in exceptional ways to support nurseries to stay sustainable whilst ensuring a high level of quality is maintained.
Member Champions are described as being those who have: “Gone above and beyond the call of duty to help a fellow member, or to help the sector.”
The council works in partnership with local providers to improve quality and keep them sustainable.
Clr Cath Harris, Cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “We are delighted to be nominated for a national award ... it is vital for the council to work in partnership with other providers and ensure there is a network of good quality services available to serve children and families.”
A Staff Support programme is currently in place which sees unemployed people aged between 18 and 24 recruited, trained and placed within Kirklees day nurseries for six months of valuable experience.
The council was also recently praised by the Centre for Excellence in Outcomes for its work in supporting leadership and management in early year settings.