The service and community champions that are key to the Support from the Start test site process have access to a development fund to support and take forward learning around tackling inequality and supporting parents in the early years.
The fund is accessible to the champions only and they are responsible to each other and the steering group for the test site as to how it is spent. The fund has simple criteria – in addition to the criteria below champions have been asked to demonstrate the sustainability of any proposed projects
- It contributes to one of the four learning outcome areas of Support from the Start
- It demonstrates a potential for learning in one or more service area
- Is explicit about how the lessons from the supported work will be communicated
A great deal of discussion and debate has been generated between the champions on many of the proposals and ideas. It has been my impression that even when a proposal hasn’t been taken forward there is often learning and connections that come from the discussion around the proposal. A number of very exciting projects have been developed over the last year and you can read about them in the summary at the bottom of this page.