Flexibility has led to mixed outcomes

    Sure Start’s flexibility at a local level was bound to lead to a
    lack of consistency, it was claimed this week after leaked findings
    from the programme’s national evaluation showed a wide variety of
    outcomes.

    Phil Osborne, head of the early years and child care service at
    Surrey Council, said he was not surprised by the findings because
    the programme had no “overall blueprint”.

    Reports this week claim the evaluation shows that Sure Start has
    failed to improve some children’s development, language and
    behaviour.

    Another report from the evaluation team due in October is likely
    to say Sure Start should not have been targeted on the basis of age
    or geographical boundaries.

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