Press release Desk
London: A record crowd has attended this years’ Integrated Early Years Celebration Event.
Held on Thursday 5 July at the Ecology Pavilion in Mile End on a beautiful summer’s day, more than 200 people gathered to enjoy an event showcasing the sterling efforts made by parents and carers in support of the Integrated Early Years’ Service.
Achievement awards were handed out to parents and carers who took part in the full range of services that the borough offers, including parenting programmes, adult education courses, volunteering and the Parent’s Forum.
Over twenty partner agencies were also at the event highlighting the shared work that goes on, bringing together services for the benefit of parents and carers.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said, “It’s wonderful to see the hard work and dedication of parents and carers recognised. They play a crucial role in helping children and families achieve their goals and also make a real difference in our local community. I am delighted to be here to celebrate with you.”
Guest speakers included the cabinet member for work and economic development, Councillor Motin Uz-Zaman and Christine McInnes, the Divisional Director of Education and Partnership at Tower Hamlets council.
Over the last year, over 1000 parents have completed a parenting or adult education course, volunteered or contributed in the Parent’s Forum to help shape the service.
Many parents progress onto higher level ESOL/education once they complete courses at children’s centres and many do gain employment after volunteering at children’s centres.
Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman said, “I am delighted to see so many families gathered today. It’s great that parents have the opportunity to take small steps to help them move closer to the labour market.”
Parenting courses can help parents increase in confidence and improve their child’s behaviour. Adult education courses give parents skills and knowledge which can help them into employment.
Children’s centres increasingly rely on the dedication and time of volunteers as the success of the centres mean even greater numbers of families are coming along to find out what they have to offer. In the budget last year we invested an extra £555k into ESOL classes..
Rujina Begum, a parent volunteer shared how her experience with her local children’s centre had helped her. She said, “The support of staff has helped me take small steps towards growing in confidence and be more focussed with my career.”
Other guests included Ellie Kershaw-Tackling Poverty Programme Manager, Stephen Hanshaw- Job Centre Plus Borough Relationship Manager for Tower Hamlets, Hackney and City of London and Humayun Kobir-Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities Manager, Parental Engagement Team.