Government names first children’s centres

The government named the 32 best early years services in the
country as the first Sure Start children’s centres.

Education and skills secretary Charles Clarke said Sure Start
children’s centres must provide five key services within a single
place: early education, childcare, child and family health,
parenting support and help into employment.

More children’s centres will be announced later in the year,
with 136 local authorities with wards in the 20 per cent most
disadvantaged wards set to receive funding and develop centres by
March 2006.

Children’s minister Margaret Hodge pledged to create a
children’s centre in every community in the long-term.

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