England’s most disadvantaged areas are to benefit from the
expansion of the government’s Sure Start programme.
The scheme, which helps young children and their families with
learning, health care, family support and child care, has been
expanded to a further 177 areas, bringing the total number of
programmes around the country to 437.
Sure Start is a key part of the government’s strategy to end
child poverty by 2020.
The programmes will cost around £400 million over the first
three years and are likely to run for seven to 10 years.
Education and skills secretary Estelle Morris said: “By
providing support in the early years of childhood – when it can
have the greatest effect, we can prevent problems before they
become too difficult to solve.”