Hampshire Provider Training

We are now developing a variety of on-line training for settings and childminders in Hampshire to help them deliver quality childcare. Courses will cover a range of subjects that help providers meet EYFS welfare standards, develop their businesses and support partnership working. We will also be working with providers to establish self-sustaining leadership and network systems.

Introduction to Childminding

This course helps people make a decision about becoming a
childminder and get started.

Topics include

  • Regulation and legislation
  • Policies and procedures
  • Children’s wellbeing
  • Providing a safe and stimulating environment

Safer Recruitment

This course will provide settings with the tools they need
to be able to recruit good quality staff in line with best practice.

It offers practical help with drafting job descriptions and
advertising and interviewing staff. It also covers legal requirements around
employment checks.

Delivering EYFS in a safe environment

This course will enable providers to create safe and secure
environments that offer opportunities for ‘risky’ and creative play that
promote children’s learning.

Topics covered include

  • Relevant legislation
  • Principles of risk assessment
  • Record keeping
  • Practical procedures

Making Changes

This course will enable a better understanding of how to
plan for, and effectively manage, change.

It covers change management skills, leadership, coaching,
staff motivation and succession planning.

Coping with changing central /local policy

This course will help providers to ensure they have robust
policies that continue to be fit for purpose in an ever changing policy
environment.

It covers the principles of good policies and practical ways
of staying up to date.

Meeting employment obligations

This course provides a range of robust and achievable tools
that will help providers meet their legal and Ofsted requirements.

Topics covered include

  • Employment law
  • Performance management
  • Discipline and grievance
  • Financial obligations eg pensions

How to claim EYE funding - childminders

This course provides information for childminders on the
eligibility requirements and practical help with the processes and forms.

How to claim EYE funding – settings

This course provides information for settings on the
eligibility requirements and practical help with the processes and forms.

Planning for the future

This course enables providers to feel more confident using a
range of business planning tools to help them run a successful setting.

It helps providers take a business approach and provides
tools for financial planning.

Working together successfully

This course helps providers engage successfully with a wide
range of partners.

It covers the principles of partnership working and provides
practical ideas about how to engage with key partners.

We will also be working with providers to establish
self-sustaining leadership and network systems.

We have set up a members only Facebook page called Hampshire
Provider Training (Children’s Links)
and please check this out for further
information. Alternatively email hpt@childrenslinks.org.uk

Toy Library

Toy Library, Witham Park House, Waterside South, Lincoln, LN5 7JN. 01522 546215 toylibrary@childrenslinks.org.uk

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday:

10:30am to 3pm

Saturday:

10am to 1pm

Prices:

Soft Play:

Non Member: Under 6 months: £2.50

Over 6 months £4

Member: under 6 months free

£2.50 for the first child over 6 months

+£1.50 for every additional child over 6 months

Membership:

Family/ child minder Membership £15. This is an annual subscription offering a reduced rate to play, the ability to book parties, and also hire up to 8 toys at any one time.

Organisation membership £20. This membership is for community groups, childcare providers, schools, and other organisations allowing them to loan up to 13 items at any one time, at a 10% discount on 5 or more toys borrowed at one time. This also allows you to hold parties at our venue.

Play area:

The play area is a vibrant and exciting place for children to play, the environment combines soft play, role play stations, sensory play and creative stations to allow you and your child to explore the wonderful world around them. This safe, fun and open space is ideal for the 0-5 age range and gives the place for families to play and create together.

Toy Library:

The toy library is a brilliant resource with hundreds of toys which can be hired by any of our members, it enables access to a huge variety of toys at low cost. We have toys ranging from sensory focussed toys to soft play to baby toys and a large variety of outdoor toys perfect for summer days. Please click the link below to see our online catalogue:

http://www.childrenslinkstoylibrary.co.uk/index.php

Craft Shop:

The toy library has an exciting array of craft materials that can be bought at competitive prices, which enables you to take some of the fun and creativity home with you.

Parties:

Toy Library members can exclusively hire the toy library for parties. The toy library can be hired outside of core opening hours during the week and the weekend. Members can choose between the following packages:

Silver Package (£60)

This includes the hire of the venue and a member of staff.

Gold Package (£75)

This includes venue, a member of staff, plus face paints and glitter tattoos.

Platinum Package (£100)

This includes all of the above plus games, prizes and make your own party bags that we will fill with goodies!

Our Corporate Supporters

A big thank you to the companies who are already supporting us to reach more than 60,000 children and young people every year. We couldn't do it without you!

Full service law firm
Full service law firm
Creative marketing and branding agency
Creative marketing and branding agency
Creative design and software development company
Creative design and software development company
Chartered surveyors and property managers
Chartered surveyors and property managers

Supported Child Contact Centres

Supported contact takes place in a neutral community based venue where there are facilities to enable children to develop and maintain positive relationships with non-resident parents and other family members.

Supported Child Contact Centres are suitable for families when no significant risk to the child or those around the child has been identified.

Supported contact offers

  • A safe and neutral environment
  • Impartiality/confidentiality
  • Several families using the centre at the same time
  • Encouragement for families to develop mutual trust and consider more satisfactory family venues.

Staff and volunteers are available for assistance, but there is no close monitoring or recording of individual contacts/conversations.

Children’s Links runs Supported Child Contact Centres in Lincolnshire at Lincoln, Grantham, Gainsborough and Skegness. We are happy to accept referrals from a wide range of agencies.

For more information or to make a referral please contact - contactcentres@childrenslinks.org.uk 0845 373 0645

SFA Subcontracting

We are a lead contractor with the SFA with an Ofsted Grade 2 inspection and have contracts to deliver both 16-18 Apprenticeships, traineeships and adult skills budgets, as well as Advanced Learner Loans.

Policy and Procedure

We aim to ensure that all potential subcontractors are treated fairly and only those of good quality are contracted with. We also only enter into subcontracts with organisations that have a real concern for their students and a sound ethos of ensuring every young person gets the chance they deserve to succeed. In addition we subcontract in order to ensure the quality of teaching and learning is driven upwards across all organisations by sharing of best practice and resources.

Once we have made contact with an organisation, we send them an email invite to go on to surveymonkey and complete an initial questionnaire or provide the information from the questionnaire via email. We then make contact via telephone to discuss the practicalities. If it appears to be satisfactory we then proceed to the next stage, which is a full due diligence form by email.
On receipt of due diligence, the financial information is sent to our internal accountant for their appraisal. The manager and Director appraise the rest of the information.
If an organisation completes this process satisfactorily an example contract without financial appendix is sent out.

Finally we would meet with the organisation to; discuss volume; check any additional documents such as risk assessments (for high risk delivery) ; check premises; meet other delivery staff and discuss the mutual benefits that are possible within the working arrangement, especially shared resources and opportunities.
Finally once references have been received we assess SFA contract volumes against subcontractor request and agree a contract.

The policy and procedure is available from our downloads page and is reviewed annually.

FEE STRUCTURE

We will retain 15% of the SFA payments for subcontracted learners during establishment of the subcontracting arrangement

Once the contract is established and success rates have been seen to meet the standard required (80% +) along with minimal administrative support the fee can be negotiated down to 10%.

This covers administration and submission to SFA , audit and observation of teaching and learning on an annual basis as a minimum, together with sharing of all procedures and paperwork to customise for delivery. Payments are made at the end of the month following SFA payment by BACS transfer.

Subcontractors for 2016 /2017 will be:

  • Real Skills Training Ltd. (£131,690)
  • North East Childcare Training (£59,380)
  • Best Choice (£21,740)

These figures will be updated after reconciliation at year end.

Subcontractors for 2015 /2016 were:

  • Real Skills Training Ltd. (£150,801)
  • Inclusion Hampshire (£10,303)
  • North East Childcare Training (£40,074)
  • Best Choice (£17,694)

Please click here for supply-chain and charges.

Qualifications

We are a registered centre for many awarding bodies and sector skills councils, including CACHE, NCFE, and Skills Active, and deliver qualifications in an array of subjects.

If you require career information, advice and guidance, we have trained personnel and experienced staff who can help you choose the right training for your job role or career aspiration. Our staff will also be able to assist you with information about cost of qualifications and access to funding availability and eligibility.

Qualification Details

Early Years Educator
We are delivering the new Early Years Educator qualifications at both levels 2 and 3 (enrollments from September 1st 2014). This qualification is ideally suited to anyone working with under 5s and also includes knowledge up to age 7s. It replaces the working with children and young people qualifications and there are additional entry requirements.

Playwork

We deliver Playwork qualifications at Level 2, 3 and 4. These qualifications are ideal for those working in After School Clubs, Holiday Playschemes and settings whose main focus is play with children 4- 16 years old. We have been a specialist in Playwork training for over 10 years.

Teaching Assistant Qualifications

We deliver the supporting teaching and learning qualifications at both levels 2 and 3. There are a range of specialist modules at level 3 which cover the variety of roles that may be undertaken in schools.

Youth Work

We deliver both the Level 2 and 3 qualifications, which have been recently redeveloped and are now very user friendly.

Customer Service and Business Administration

We deliver customer service and business administration qualifications at level 2 and 3, which are equally applicable across a range of business environments. We also deliver Business Administration Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management. However, we do specialise in business environments with a customer base largely made up of parents and carers, particularly Children’s Centres and large nurseries.

Award in Education and Training

This was previously the PTLLS qualification and is the first stage for anyone wishing to teach in the post 16 sector. We have a variety of delivery models adapted to suite learners but all involve face to face classroom sessions as well as the opportunity to teach a group.

Funding

We are able to access a range of funding streams for qualifications, including 24+ Loans, Apprenticeships and government funded workplace learning and bursaries it is vital that you contact the training team to assess which funding mechanism will be most cost effective for you.

ESF
ESF

Do It 4 U

This short programme has been developed to help people of any age get back into work. We have successfully adapted delivery to suit a variety of different groups from young Mums to deportation detainees.

The basic format can be adapted to suit the target group. With some groups the start point is helping parents identify the skills they have as parents and how these can be marketed to potential employers, whilst other groups may need self-esteem and confidence building before they even begin to appreciate they
have skills to help them progress.

The basic course is 6 sessions of 2 hours but it is based on NCFE Employability Skills training and can be delivered to include certification of the Level 1 award.

For information on purchasing this training and to get a quote please contact: training@childrenslinks.org.uk.

Immigration Removal Centres

Visits Centre

Children’s Links run the visits centre at IRC Morton Hall in Lincolnshire, being responsible for booking visits and doing id checks for social and official visitors. We supervise an unstaffed play area that has positive activities for children of all ages.
We also offer refreshments.

Our staff are able to provide visitors with lots of information about the procedures when they book visits and help them to cope with the process when they arrive. They provide a friendly face and a listening ear and are able to signpost visitors with welfare queries to our Family Support team and other agencies.

Visit Hall

A trained play worker is based in the visits hall during every domestic visits session. They ensure that there are a range of positive play activities for children of all ages. In addition to ensuring that there is a well equipped play area they encourage greater interaction between children and parents with table top activity packs.
In addition to normal visits we run regular themed-family visits sessions. These have a real family focus and include a range of fun family challenges.

Family Support Workers

Children’s Links Family Support Workers provide welfare support to detainees and their families. They run drop in sessions in a public space within the centre every morning and have one to one meetings with detainees in an afternoon. They also provide welfare support to visiting families.

Our staff have supported detainees with a range of issues including contact with children and family members, property issues, signposting to specialist immigration advisers, giving advice regarding re-integration into the country being returned to, other legal issues, healthcare, finance support and explaining the visiting process.

Visitor Information Service

Detainees undergo an induction programme upon arrival in Morton Hall to explain why they have been detained - friends or relatives do not.
With this in mind, Children’s Links can offer a Visitor Information Service. We can try to provide answers to the following questions:

  • What does immigration detention mean?
  • How do we apply for bail and what does it involve?
  • How can we find a solicitor to help?
  • How do we know if the solicitor is doing a good job?
  • How do we help the Detainee return to their country of origin?
  • What are the appeal processes?
  • Can we still get married?
  • What is life like in Morton Hall?
  • How can the Detainee transfer somewhere nearer the visitor’s address?

We cannot provide the following information:

  • Specific case information about a detainee
  • Casework or specific immigration advice

You can access this service by telephoning 01522 861819 (answer-phone service - please leave a message with your query & contact number and we will aim to reply within 24 hours) or email vismh@childrenslinks.org.uk

You can speak to a Children’s Links Family Support and Settlement Officer directly between 1 and 2pm, any day of the week, at Octavia Hill Visits Centre, Morton Hall.

Do It 4 U

Do you feel like you are just a mum or dad?

Does that make you feel that you can’t be anything else?

Being a parent is more than just looking after children. This course gives you a chance to Do It 4 U.

This short programme has been developed to help people of any age get back into work. We have succesfully adapted delivery to suit a variety of different groups from young mums to deportation detainees.

As a starting point we can help you identify the skills you have as a parent and how these can be marketed to potential employers.

The basic course is 6 sessions of 2 hours but it is based on NCFE Employability Skills training and can be delivered to include certification of the Level 1 award.

For information on the next available course please contact the training team.

Child Contact Centres

Some 240,000 children are affected by their parent’s separation or divorce every year and more than 100,000 lose contact with one or both parents. Child Contact Centres are a vital service for children all over the UK.

You might need to use a supported Contact Centre, if you and your former partner no longer wish to see each other, if you cannot agree on times and venues for contact to take place or the court may have issued a contact order stating contact to take place at a centre.

Our Contact Centres are a safe & neutral venue for children of separated families to meet with their non-resident parent or other family members. As the most important people in the Centre, children have access to age appropriate toys, games and activities and we aim to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere.

The Centres are run by a team of fully trained staff and volunteers independent from the courts, social services or any statutory agency. We are also a member of the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) There is nothing to worry about, contact centres are child centred friendly places! We have Centres operating in Lincolnshire at Lincoln, Grantham, Gainsborough, Spalding and Skegness with more to open shortly.

If you would like to use a Contact Centre or if you would like to volunteer please contact us contactcentres@childrenslinks.org.uk 0845 373 0645

Our Approach to Childcare

LOOKING FOR A QUALITY PROVIDER TO TAKE OVER THE RUNNING OF YOUR CHILDCARE SETTING?

Perhaps you are a committee run provision and feel your setting would benefit from the experience of a larger organisation. Children’s Links can help.

We are looking to expand our childcare profile in your area now.

At Children’s Links childcare settings we feel privileged to be supporting children and families with a wide range of needs. We value the skills and experiences the children and their families give to the staff team. As a charity we are committed to providing high quality inclusive childcare led by an experienced workforce.

Children’s Links has vast experience of taking over settings so if you would like further information about our briefing events in your area please contact our Business Development Manager, Lisa Wheeler

Shining Stars, Wainfleet

Magdalen County Primary School, Magdalen Road, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire PE24 4DD. Phone: 01754 881606

Shining Stars nursery is a full day care nursery based in Wainfleet children’s centre.

Our aim at Shining Stars nursery is to provide a secure, caring and stimulating environment for the children. All children and their families are treated as individuals and valued equally regardless of their background, race, religion or gender. Our rooms within the nursery and our outdoor area are facilitated to meet the children’s educational needs.

Our setting manager, will do her best to meet yours and your child’s needs. Please let her know if you require additional information.

Opening Times and Fees

Open Monday to Friday 50 weeks of the year

Daycare Options:

Full day: 8am - 6pm : Sessions: 8am - 1pm ; 1pm - 6pm

EYE Delivery Sessions available

8.45am - 11.45am : 11.45am - 2.45pm : 8.45am - 2.45pm

Fees (effective as of April 2015):

Babies (0-2yrs): £40 per day or £20 per session
Toddlers (2-3yrs): £38 per day or £19 per session : £3.80 per hour if additional to EYE funded sessions
Pre-School (3yrs+): £36 per day or £18 per session : £3.60 per hour if additional to EYE funded sessions
Meals (if required): £2.00 for lunch

Useful Documents and Links

Little Wings, RAF Odiham

Kersley Crescent, Odiham, Hook, RG29 1QH. Phone: 01256 701487

Little Wings Nursery is a full daycare nursery based at RAF Odiham. Children can engage in free flow play to enable them to learn and develop through child initiated activities. The nursery works closely with the MOD providing support for young children and families in the local area.

Our setting manager will do their best to meet yours and your child’s needs. Please let them know if you require additional information.

Opening Times

07:30 - 17:30, Monday to Friday 51 weeks of the year

Sessions

All Day 07:30 - 17:30

Morning 07:30 - 12:30

Afternoon 12:30 - 17:30

Mid 09:30 - 15:30

For children in receipt of Early Years Education (EYE) funding, 15 hrs per week for all 3 & 4 year olds we offer the following sessions

09:30 - 12:30

12:30 - 15:30

13:30 - 16:30

Little Wings also accepts children in receipt of 2 year old funding.

Please feel free to come and visit or contact us T: 01256 701487 E: littlewings@childrenslinks.org.uk

Useful Documents and Links

Little Explorers

Belton Lane School, Green Lane, Grantham NG31 9PP. Phone: 01476 575711

Children’s Links Childcare at Little Explorers is a full daycare nursery based at Belton Lane School in Grantham.

Children at the nursery have direct access to outdoor play from each room. They can engage in free flow play to enable them to learn and develop through child initiated activities. The nursery works closely with the school providing support for young children and families in
the local area.

Our setting manager will do their best to meet yours and your child’s needs. Please let her know if you require additional information.

Opening Times and Fees

Open Monday to Friday 51 weeks of the year

Daycare Options:

Full day: 8am - 6pm : Sessions: 8am - 1pm ; 1pm - 6pm

EYE Delivery Sessions available:

9am - 12pm : 1pm - 4pm : 9am - 3pm

Fees (effective as of April 2015):

Babies (0-2yrs): £44 per day or £22.00 per session
Toddlers (2-3yrs): £43 per day or £21.50 per session
Pre-School (3yrs+): £42 per day or £21.00
Meals (if required): Cooked lunch £2 : Snack/tea £1

Useful Documents and Links

Maple Vue Nursery, Aldershot

Maple Vue Children's Centre, Belle Vue Road, Aldershot GU12 4RZ. Phone: 01252 343772

Children’s Links Childcare at Maple Vue is a full daycare nursery based within Maple Vue Children’s Centre in Aldershot. Children at the nursery have direct access to outdoor play from each room. They can engage in free flow play to enable them to learn and develop through child initiated activities. The nursery space includes a baby room and sleep room for under 2’s, a toddler room for 2-3’s and a pre-school room for 3-4’s.

We offer places for eligible funded 2 year old’s to help meet the demand in the local area, as well as funded places for all 3-4 year old’s.

Our setting manager will do her best to meet yours and your child’s needs. Please let her know if you require any additional information.

Opening Times and Fees

Open Monday to Friday 51 weeks of the year. The nursery offers sessional care as well as full day care

Daycare Options:

Full day: 8am - 6pm : Sessions: We are flexible between these hours providing ratios are covered

EYE Delivery Sessions:

8.00 - 1.00pm : 8.30am - 11.30am : 8.30am - 2.30pm : 9.00am - 12.00pm : 9.00am - 3.00pm : 12.00pm - 3.00pm : 1.00pm - 6.00pm : 3.00pm - 6.00pm

Fees (effective as of April 2015):

Babies (0-2yrs): £49 per day or £24.50 per session (Hourly rate £4.90)
Toddlers/Pre-School (2-5yrs): £47 per day or £23.50 per session (Hourly rate £4.70)
Meals (if required): £1.70 for lunch/light tea

Useful Documents and Links

Apprenticeships

Children’s Links has held a national contract with the Skills Funding Agency for over 10 years to deliver apprenticeship programmes. Those accessing an Apprenticeship will enroll onto a programme during which they will complete a Certificate/Diploma; Functional Skills with Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills mapped against the appropriate framework.

Occupational areas offered:-

  • Playwork - “Out of School Childcare/Play provision” which may include Breakfast Clubs, Holiday Play schemes, Out of School Clubs, Youth Centres or Open Access Play Centres (e.g.: Adventure Playgrounds)
  • Children and Young Peoples Workforce (Early Years) - Nursery, Pre-school, Crèche, Primary School (foundation stage)
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Teaching Assistant) - Primary or Secondary School
  • Youthwork - Youth Centres and clubs, faith groups and churches, leisure centres and sports clubs, out in the community as a detached youth worker and youth support organisations.
  • Customer Service – Retail, Financial Services, Contact Centre, Hospitality, Sport and Recreation, Health and Social Care, Telecommunications and Travel and Tourism sectors that provide service to customers before, during and after purchasing and using goods and services
  • Business Administration - Administrators, office juniors, receptionists/medical receptionists, personal assistants and secretaries, including legal or medical secretaries.

The programme is on going and people can enroll throughout the year. The learner will work in an environment relevant to their chosen apprenticeship framework as well as having study time and tutor-led sessions. The duration of the programme will be between 1-2 years, dependent on the particular apprenticeship programme.

Apprenticeships are available to everyone but employer/learner contributions are payable for those over 19 years old (dependent on eligibility and sector).

We offer recruitment assistance for employers and can provide information about funding availability for recruitment as well as employer offers which we can provide to support businesses to meet its staffing needs through apprenticeship recruitment.

For further information please contact an Apprenticeships Officer on 0845 373 0645 (opt.2), or e-mail via the Contact Us page using the Training, apprenticeships and traineeships enquiry type.

This activity is part-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.

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Working in Prisons

Having a family member in prison is stressful for anyone and especially children. Strong positive relationships improve outcomes for children and reduce the likelihood of reoffending by prisoners. We work in prisons to try and improve the experience of visiting and to help families maintain positive relationships.

Visit Centres

We make our visit centres welcoming and have staff who provide a friendly face and a listening ear. We aim to make the visiting process easier and less stressful for all visitors. We provide information and advice about the prison and wider family support.

“Having a friendly face to chat to makes such a difference, everything is less stressful!” Mother of 3 children

Visit Halls

At some establishments we staff a play area in the visit hall that provides positive activities for children and young people of all ages. We have also developed packs for children and their parents to do together at their seats, getting them talking and having fun together.

We help run family visits that use play to give families the chance to do something fun and interactive together. This provides a positive shared experience that helps break down barriers and helps people cope.

“Today I learnt that my dad makes the best paper planes - I’m so proud” Girl aged 8

Family Support

We provide one to one support for prisoners around maintaining good relationships with their families.

“Without your help I wouldn’t be seeing my children at all” Dad with 2 boys

Training

We offer training to prison staff and other voluntary organisations on using play to deliver effective visits. We can offer training to organisations about the impact having a family member in prison has on families.

We have delivered successful parenting courses in prisons.

Prisons we work with

HMP Highpoint

HMP Whitemoor

HMP Stocken

HMP Stocken Supported by CIN
HMP Stocken Supported by CIN

For more information

Contact us via the Contact Us page using the Community and Family Support enquiry type or email directly on prisons@childrenslinks.org.uk

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Volunteering

We recognise our employees and volunteers as our greatest asset and without them we could not provide our services, which are vital to so many people. Children’s Links are committed to improving the quality of children, young people and families’ life experiences, and in working with us, you gain valuable skills and experiences that set you well above others working within the voluntary Children’s sector. We are committed to equality of opportunities, enabling professional development and offering family friendly working practices.

Children’s Links offer volunteering opportunities within Childcare, Play, Prisons and other Ministry of Justice work, Training, Community Engagement and much more! Our work covers large areas of the Country including Lincolnshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire and other counties.

We also offer volunteer training, for more information click here.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us for further details.

Job Vacancies

If you wish to apply for one of our vacancies please complete an application form and return to our HR Department, no later than the deadline specified for the post. Completed application forms should be returned via email to hr@childrenslinks.org.uk or in hard copy to HR, Children's Links, Holland House, Horncastle Fortuna Business Centre, Mareham Road, Horncastle, Lincolnshire LN9 6PH. Please apply using our application form unless otherwise stated.

How to Donate

Children's Links is committed to improving the life quality and experiences of children, young people and their families. You can help us achieve this by contributing in many different ways.

Donate by making a one-off donation

Our online donations are handled securely by Everyclick are are extremely easy to do. We accept Mastercard, Visa, Maestro, Solo, Delta and American Express. No registration is required.

Donate by Searching the Internet

Everyclick Search uses award winning technology to raise money via internet searches and to date have raised almost £5 million for charities and good causes. Simply click this link and make it your Homepage.

Donate by Shopping Online

Everyclick have created a downloadable toolbar for PC’s and laptops and an App for mobile devices, called Give as You Live. Shopping online with these tools prompts the companies you buy from to donate a percentage of the total price to Children’s Links and costs you nothing extra.

Donate your Unwanted Items

Via various partners we can fund raise by recycling old mobile phones, laptops, empty ink cartridges and spent portable batteries. Please send to Holland House or drop off at your local childcare setting.

Donate Your Time

We recognise our employees and volunteers as our greatest asset and without them we could not provide our services, which are vital to so many people. Children’s Links are committed to improving the quality of children, young people and families’ life experiences, and in working with us, you gain valuable skills and experiences that set you well above others working within the voluntary Children’s sector. We are committed to equality of opportunities, enabling professional development and offering family friendly working practices.

Children’s Links offer volunteering opportunities within Childcare, Play, Prisons and other Ministry of Justice work, Training, Community Engagement and much more! Our work covers large areas of the Country including Lincolnshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire and other counties.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us for further details.

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Testimonials and Case Studies

Here are a few success stories and comments from a few of the people and services we have worked with.

If you would like to submit a testimonial, please feel free to email us from the Contact Us form using the Feedback enquiry type.

Continuous Professional Development

We provide a range of workshops, which can be purchased by settings or groups of settings.

Remember if you have employed an apprentice, who is training with us you are entitled to a free workshop!

Here is a list of some of our current workshops:

  • Succession Management
  • Role of the Key person
  • Risk assessment and Risk and Challenge in Childcare
  • Skills in observation
  • Managing safely
  • Budgets and Finances for managers / committees
  • How to be an effective committee
  • Playwork Theory and Practice

In addition we offer the Award in Education and Training, which is suitable of you have managers or senior staff who are interested in gaining the skills to be able to train in house. ( approx. £370 per person)

Don’t forget we are also able to produce and deliver bespoke training to meet your needs, so it is always worth contacting a member of the training department to discuss other possibilities.

Prices for workshops are between £450 and £650 depending on duration and expenses.

Management & Trustees

Being a Trustee means making decisions that will impact on children and young people's lives. You can use your skill and experience to help us run efficiently and learn new skills along the way. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee please contact our HR department

Mrs Karen Parsons - Chief Executive

Karen has worked and volunteered within the children’s voluntary sector for over 25 years both in sector development and workforce reform. Karen works on a variety of local, regional and national forums and is an active member of local and regional VCS consortia. Karen represents the sector on a number of the Children and Young Peoples Strategic Partnerships and Local Safeguarding Boards and strives for voluntary sector engagement in strategy and policy development. With many years working in the delivery of training and qualifications, one of Karen’s areas of work is in the field of Safeguarding and supporting organisations to understand and apply their responsibilities in keeping Children and Young people safe. Karen has been a strong advocate of Safe Network since its first beginnings.

Mr Nigel Sisley – Chair of Trustees

Over 30 years ago Nigel saw an early end to a promising career in professional football through injury and turned his hand to business management. For the next twenty years this took him around the world on various projects firstly within the media sector and then engineering and construction.
Further health issues led to another change of direction and introduced Nigel into the Third Sector in which he has spent the last 14 years as a school governor and then becoming a Justice of the Peace in 2003, assisting various local charities and also being appointed to the Board of Children’s Links in 2005.
Married to Linda with two grown up children, Nigel has a passion for cooking and is a part trained chef. He trains young people that cooking is fun and creative whatever their abilities, enjoys watching sports, films and anything that can make you laugh.
Nigel was appointed as a Trustee for Children’s Links in June 2005 becoming Vice Chair in 2006 and Chair in 2010.

Dr Cheryle Berry MBE – Vice Chair

Cheryle joined Lincolnshire County Council in April 2000 as Director of Education and Cultural Services. Her previous post was Corporate Director, Education and Leisure in Middlesbrough.Her career started in teaching in 1971 and from 1984-1989 she was Head teacher at Spalding Gleed Girls’ School in Lincolnshire and then from 1989-1998 Head teacher at High Storrs School, Sheffield, an 11-18 Comprehensive School of 1800 students. She has been a member of a number of National strategy groups, including National Steering Group Investors in People, Member of Steel Industry NTO (New Entrants Panel), Local Government Association Education and Lifelong Learning Core Adviser. She has chaired the Teachers’ International Professional Development Group for the DfES. She has also Chairman of Lincolnshire/Rutland Education Business Partnership, Board Member of Lincolnshire/Rutland LSC, Board Member of Lincolnshire/Rutland Connexions and Governing Body of University of Lincoln.

Cheryle was the innovator behind the setting up of the first Rural Academy in England, launched in October 2001, which promotes Lifelong Learning using 21st Century technology to link schools, colleges and universities in the South Holland District. She also started (in September 2002) the first Coastal Academy in England using similar principles and covering East Lindsey and Boston Districts. The Gainsborough Academy was launched in 2004.

Finally, Dr Berry has also encouraged the development of specialist schools in Lincolnshire. In 2000 there were just four, there are now fifty specialist schools covering a wide range of specialisms: technology, science, maths and IT, performing arts, modern languages, humanities, business and enterprise, sport etc.

Cheryle is proud of the achievements of Lincolnshire’s schools due to the dedication and commitment of staff, governors, parents and the wider community. She has always aimed for “Every School a Good School” and believes that Education and Lifelong Learning are fundamental to the life chances and quality of life for people of all ages.

Cheryle retired from Lincolnshire County Council in 2006 and has been a Trustee with Children’s Links since November 2005.

Mr Tony Maione

Tony is a solicitor and the Monitoring Officer and Group Manager of Legal and Democratic Services for North East Lincolnshire Council. Tony has over 5 years’ experience as a senior manager within the legal services function of local government.

Tony was appointed as a Trustee in March 2009.

Ms Rachel Croft

Rachel Croft has 14 years experience within the Learning and Skills sector and is currently a Relationship Manager with the Skills Funding Agency. Outside of work, Rachel is a keen swimmer and enjoys reading and in looking to carry out some further volunteering work. She joined the board of Children’s Links in December 2012.

Mrs Susan Fletcher

Susan is Head of HR and Learning in Lincolnshire County Council. She has a Human Resources and Organisational Development background having worked in the Public Sector for more than 25 years. Susan originally worked in Boston College and with people with learning disabilities then in Mental Health, Acute, Primary Care and East Midlands Ambulance Service before becoming an independent consultant and then commencing with the Local Authority as Head of HR in Children’s Services. Children’s Services is her passion – having been a Governor at her daughters’ primary school. Susan was appointed in December 2012.

Mrs Kate Truscott

Kate has recently retired from Director of HR & Diversity Humber Foundation Trust. She has 18 years’ experience as a Director of Workforce and HR in the NHS and brings that with more than 35 years as an HR professional.

Kate first joined us as a Trustee in November 1999 and was our Chair from December 2003 for six years. She was re-appointed in July 2013

Our Mission

"To improve the life quality and experiences of children, young people and their families"

Children’s Links had a positive impact on over 41,000 children and young people across the United Kingdom in 2012/13. We set out to triple that within three years, to see how view our strategic business plan. By 2016 we will impact positively on the lives of more than 123,000 children and young people as well as their families and communities each year.

In 2013/14 we reached 61,295 over halfway to our stretching target.

Our vision of the future is a world where all children, young people and families are valued and where their potential is maximised. We play our part by being:

  • ambitious for children, young people, families and ourselves
  • recognised nationally and internationally for supporting children, young people and families to shine
  • a leader and innovator that provides amazing services
  • a leader, advocating, supporting and developing the sector
  • well known for empowered, assertive and motivated employees who have fun and achieve in their roles
  • the route through which services support families to shine; bringing services together and influencing how partners deliver services.

The work we carry out is vital in identifying and addressing the needs of children and young people across the United Kingdom and we are able to identify these needs through front line knowledge and experience. Through service delivery, influencing policy and representing the children’s sector, especially the voluntary and community sector, at Government level, we are able to address these needs and make a real difference to the quality of children’s life experiences.

The services described on this site are a credit to our dedicated teams and partnership working.

Our organisation provides services to organisations nationally, both independently and through partnership working.

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