How we work

First 5 Lambeth was founded in 2023 by a diverse group of 10 Voluntary, Community Sector organisations. They had been working together informally through their partnership with Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP).
First 5 Lambeth works collaboratively, using a model that these organisations formally agreed to through a Memorandum of Understanding.

We committed to:

  • provide high-quality activities and support for families in the early years
  • broaden the reach of their engagement
  • share skills and strengths
  • develop business and funding opportunities
  • manage grants and contracts that are won collectively

years combined service with Lambeth children and families

Cocreating with children

How we are governed

First 5 Lambeth is informed and supported by 4 mechanisms:

  • The Members Steering Group

    This consists of the Directors/Senior Leaders of each member organisation. It is responsible for strategic oversight.

  • The Working Groups

    Smaller groups of steering group members who have delegated responsibility for strategy in practise, communications and funding.

  • The Parents as Experts panels

    Quarterly participation sessions held with parents who have taken part in First 5 Lambeth activities or support. These sessions provide insight, feedback, and co-production opportunities.

  • The Community Connections Advisory Group

    Meets bi-annually and consists of representatives from the wider local early years eco-system. This group provides knowledge of the wider early years system and local expertise and acts as a critical friend.

Diagram showing how First 5 Lambeth work

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