COUNCIL officials are asking people to share their experience of being a parent in Sheffield.

The Sheffield Parents’ Survey which was launched in January has seen over 1350 responses so far but they want to hear more.

Parents are been asked to complete the anonymous survey that takes around 10 minutes to fill in and asks questions about health, childcare and school choice amongst other things. It is aimed towards parents with children aged up to 11 years old.

Every parent who fills in a survey is eligible to apply for a free Sheffield lifeCARD (normally costing £3) which gives up to 30% off a range of leisure activities offered by Sheffield International Venues (SIV).

Sheffield City Council’s Parental Engagement Team say that it’s not just a tick box exercise and they use the results to feed into the council’s and its partners’ work with parents and schools informing policy, service development and campaign activity such as road safety and smoke alarms.

Cllr Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “It’s great to see that so many parents and carers across the city have given us their views and want to get involved. But I would also encourage any parents and carers that still haven’t let us know what they think to do so – there’s still nearly a month left to fill in the survey.

“We want to hear what parents and carers from across the city have got to say – I want to assure everyone that your views are important to us and all the points raised in the survey will help us shape the way we do things.

“We obviously welcome responses from all parents in the city but we particularly want to hear from dads, black and minority ethnic parents and those with lower incomes, these are the people in our community who we don’t normally hear from.

The campaign has already exceeded the response rate from the last city-wide parents survey in 2012 through social media activity and meeting parents face to face in the community. The team is visiting schools, children centres, nurseries and other relevant venues.

The survey is open until the 31 March and the Parental Engagement Team asks that people help spread the word about the consultation across the city.

To complete the survey yourself visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/sps and follow the Facebook page for all the latest information www.facebook.com/parentsassembly

You can contact the Parental Engagement Team on 0114 2735141 or email ParentalEngagementTeam@sheffield.go.uk

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