Some startling figures emerging about Children’s Centre closures…
In November the government confirmed that 124 Sure Start centres had closed, (Children and Young People Now). In addition, there is much evidence that formation of clusters and alternative ways of meeting the community needs are being applied in local authorities.
When the council budgets are being squeezed there have to be cuts on the ground. The impact on centres and communities is felt by some of the people most in need.
Mergers, clusters, closures may be unavoidable when finance is the main driver.
The benefit of a good neighbourhood Sure Start Children’s Centre for all the community is incalculable. One that is serving the needs and being there for young children and their families creates enormous social wealth and prevents much hardship.
We welcome the opportunities that an All Party Parliamentary Sure Start group will bring to the continued existence and governmental backing for Sure Start Children’s Centres.