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Parents and carers are being asked to complete a survey about support for families with children aged 0-5 in Dorset.

Dorset County Council has a duty to make sure there are plenty of services available to help families during the early years of childhood, even though many of these are provided in partnership or by other organisations.

This includes information, advice and support around health, money and parenting, as well as local childcare, fun activities and children’s centres.

The county council is reviewing how it provides this support and wants to find out what’s important to families and where they go for help.

Councillor Steve Butler, Cabinet member for safeguarding at Dorset County Council, said:

‘It’s well known that the first few years of a child’s life are incredibly important. We also know that while it’s a fun and exciting time, it can also be difficult for some families. We want to understand more about where people go for support and what’s important to them, so we can continue to make sure the right help is available.’

Parents and carers who complete the survey can also enter a prize draw to win a £50 high street voucher. Councillor Butler added: ‘We would like as many parents and carers as possible to complete the survey, to help us plan how we support families in the future.’

Professionals, organisations and local groups working with children can also give their feedback.

The survey can be completed at www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/0-5survey or via a computer at a local library or children’s centre. The closing date is 14 January.

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