The policy choices made by local authorities in terms of early childhood present major challenges:
- investment in human capitalfor the well-being of the child, who is already a citizen of the local area, with a reliance also on the involvement of parents,
- accessibility for the greatest number of individuals, a factor in social justice,
- an evolving range of services in order to promote parity between regions (micro-structures, staggered service provision hours, etc.),
- a factor in the appeal of each local area, by offering social benefits for its inhabitants.
Always committed to ensuring that these services are available to the greatest possible number of users, local authorities have to confront:
- an exacting legal and regulatory frameworkin terms of service quality,
- significant expectations on the part of families for their children (early-learning activities, games, education in sustainable development practices, development of taste, etc.),
- reasonable prices which give as many families as possible access to the services.
Finally, many Communities choose of the direct management state control.
In this sector, Espelia deploys its full operational expertise. More specifically, the firm supports local authorities in:
analysing the running of services and existing facilities, particularly with regard to the uptake rates for structures and the quality of the service provided
analysing existing and projected demand in order to highlight the potential need to create new places
in developing and implementing a set of guiding principles which improve regional coverage with the provision of tailored services
in the architectural planning of establishments
selecting the most appropriate mode of implementation or management according to the constraints and opportunities associated with each project
efficiently implementing construction and management projects: contracting, creation of public or public/private operators, monitoring and optimisation of the running of facilities