I’ve recently finished working with Reading Borough Council supporting the training of children’s centre staff in prototyping. The session is a one-day bootcamp in the fundamentals of prototyping with plenty of hands on ‘trying stuff out’. I’ve been working with the internal training team to train them up so they can rollout bootcamp Reading Council wide. In 2011 I worked with the Director of Children’s service to prototype a new volunteer-led service where parents have been trained and supported to become mentors and buddies to other families, offering support and a link to other services for families – this was part of NESTA and the Innovation Unit’s Transforming Early Years Programme – find out more here. The results have been significant. The new service has doubled the reach to families whilst reducing costs by £29,000.