"Hi Chris, I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know about some of the fantastic people I have met in the last few weeks who are really reaching out to families and ensuring that they get the information and support they need. In the last two weeks my colleague, Darren Shaw, and I have visited a number of Children's Centres in Leeds to talk about how teachers, outreach workers and nursery nurses can help parents and advise them about the admissions process. The enthusiasm and support they have shown us has been overwhelming. They have taken the issues of helping parents complete and return their preference forms on time, and how parents can get impartial advice and information, really seriously and have offered a number of brilliant solutions to help us in our work - everything from parent drop-in shops to help them apply online from leaflet drops all over the city!
It has been just excellent to work with the staff at Hollybush, Burley Park, Horsforth, Farnley, Windmill, Chapel Town, Seacroft and Harehills Children's Centres and to know that they are so dedicated to helping the children and families in their local communities. This is the first year we have worked so closely with the centres and has certainly been a worthwhile, positive experience! Regards, Laura."
Laura is right that our colleagues in these Children's Centres are an amzing group of colleagues doing some amazing work with families. It is great to hear about the work Laura and Darren are doing with these colleagues to help parents and carers understand and use the admissions process.