School role for Sure Start

The Sure Start Unit has been given responsibility for the
government’s extended schools programme.

The unit, headed by Naomi Eisenstadt, is already responsible for
children’s centres and out-of-school care in addition to
provision for pre-school children.

Together with the schools directorate at the Department for
Education and Skills, the unit will now also be taking forward
government plans to base a range of community services at school

Another 46 full service extended schools have been approved
bringing the total of directly funded extended schools to 102.

Funding of £52m over three years has been earmarked for
extended schools development.

The government wants all schools to have the opportunity to
become extended schools.

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