Although children’s centres play an important role in the
implementation of the bill, the centres have virtually no funding
attached to them, children’s professionals have warned.
Speaking at a conference on children’s services organised by the
charity 4Children, delegates said children’s centres had a
“pathetic amount of revenue budget”. They were being asked to
employ a full-time teacher with no extra funding.
Carey Oppenheim, a senior policy adviser to the prime minister,
said that children’s minister Margaret Hodge had the issue high up
on her agenda.