Creating the Best Start in Life in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Strategy development

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils

Dartington Service Design Lab are partnering with Collaborate to build and operationalise a strategy for the Early Years with the local authorities in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire. We are bringing local data, research evidence and professionals and service user views together to create a solution that responds pragmatically to local need.


 The need

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough local authorities are working together to create a strategy for the Early Years, making the most of their combined resource to address challenges faced by young children and their familes across the two districts.

Our response

Dartington and Collaborate have been working to co-create an integrated delivery plan to deliver on this strategy. This will involve incorporating local epidemiological data, local professional views, mapping the research evidence of what matters in terms of influencing outcome and mapping public and private service provision across the area. This will identify the opportunities for where, and how the local authortiies of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough might act to address these key outcome areas.


Work to date

  •  Four workshops working with the implementation group, drawing insights from professionals working in the Early Years across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to gather data and evidence to begin to flesh out the integrated delivery plan. 

  • One one-day summit for a wider stakeholder group to sense check progress and direction for next steps. 

What next?  

  • There will be four further implementation groups sessions and one further one-day summits with the wider groups. 

  • Local service mapping will take place to support decision making at a local/district level.  

  • Further service user research to sense check and verify that the outcomes identified are meaningful and important to local families and communities. 

Our work started in April 2019 and will conclude in October 2019 


This work is funded by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils. We are working in partnership with Collaborate

 For more information, contact:   

Keira Lowther