Community led children’s services | Oxfordshire County Council

Community led children’s services

A new way of delivering children's services within communities.

Town and parish councils, voluntary and community organisations can now deliver their own open-access services for families with children under 5 in their local community.

This way of working has been well received in the county with many different types of children’s services being run locally (pdf format, 456Kb).

We are working with local organisations to identify innovative solutions where people see there’s a gap in local children’s service provision. Together, we explore how open-access services could not just start, but continue to be sustainable in the future looking at innovative solutions and funding opportunities.

Further details about our approach can be found in our Children's Services Community Initiatives framework (pdf format, 45Kb). The framework outlines the things you should consider and the support we can provide.


Interested in running children’s services in your community? Talk to one of our community co-ordinators.

As part of Oxfordshire Together (enabling communities to deliver local services in their area), we have made available a grant-awarding fund called the Transition Fund.

For groups wanting to access the fund to provide open-access children’s services to under-5’s, our community co-ordinators can help you to shape your proposals and write your bid.

Community co-ordinators continue supporting community groups running open access children’s services after they have received funding too. They help groups ensure their services are safe and effective, and they play a part in monitoring how the fund money is being used.

If you want to get in touch with a community co-ordinator contact us.

Last reviewed
01 February 2018
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