Dry Arch Children's Centres comprises of a number of teams who collectively ensure that the best provision of care and support is given to each and every child that attends the centres.
These teams are briefly detailed below:
- Child Care/ Day Care Staff
- Family Support Staff
- Administration Staff
- Ancillary Staff
The Surestart team provide the following range of services:Outreach and home visiting services Family support, befriending, social support and parenting informationGroup and home-based support Primary and community healthcare and advice Sign Posting for familiesCounselling ServicesListening Ear Service
Family Support Team
The Family Support staff within the Dry Arch work in partnership with parents to provide a service that promotes good parenting. The main basis of their work is to facilitate group programmes dealing with issues such as personal development, self esteem and parenting. The support workers also carry out outreach and home visiting, support for families, health care and also give support for those families who have children with special needs. Family support staff carry out the following duties:
- Outreach and home visiting schemes to families with young children
- Support for families, including befriending and parenting information
- Good quality play, learning and Child Care
- Community Health care and advice
- Support for those with Special Needs including support in accessing specialised services
The Daycare team are responsible for ensuring that the children in the centre are cared for appropriately and ensure that they mix with their own peer group. The staff ensure that children are given a high level of individual attention to promote development throughout each and every stage of childhood.
Ancillary and Administrative Team
To ensure the smooth operation of the centre on a day to day basis we depend on the co-operation and professional approach of all staff not least the ancillary staff. Ancillary staff are a vital cog in the delivery of services. They are responsible for many of the functions that underpin the availability of services.
Gone also, are the days when administration staff just answered phones and took notes. Todays administrators run sophisticated office software, plan events, manage accounts, prepare business communications in many media forms and even train their bosses and co-workers to use new technologies.