DCSF: High rates of satisfaction with Sure Start centres

Two-thirds of users are very satisfied by services provided by Sure Start children’s centres, research for the Department for Children, Schools and Families said today.

A survey of 1,500 parents, carers and expectant parents carried out last autumn found 45% had used or attended their local centre and 78% were aware of it.

The most popular services were childcare and nursery education, which were being used by a quarter of respondents at the time of the survey. Health and parenting services were less well used, with 13% of respondents having accessed healthcare services and 9% family and parenting services in the three months before the survey.

The DCSF said today that 17 councils had already met their part of the government’s target to establish 3,500 centres by March 2010.

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