About Us

Labour Friends of Sure Start exists to celebrate, champion and campaign for our Children’s Centres.

Our aims are to publicise the great work of Sure Start, to campaign against the Government’s cuts to it – and to generate new ideas for the future.

Keep an eye on our blog for the latest updates.

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Michael Pavey, LFoSS Director
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There is always an alternative

In 2016 we were delighted to launch There is always an alternative.

This pamphlet shows that Labour Councils have closed fewer Children’s Centres than Conservative Councils. It also shows that Centres in Labour areas are more likely to be rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted – whilst Centres in Tory areas are much more likely to be rated Inadequate or Requiring Improvement.

The pamphlet goes on to explore some of the best practice in Labour Councils and to argue that even in these incredibly difficult times, there is always an alternative to closing Children’s Centres.

Take a look at our blog on the Launch Event and let us know your thoughts: laboursurestart@gmail.com

Sure Start What Future Pamphlet

Sure Start, What Future?

In 2015 LFoSS launched a new pamphlet Sure Start What Future?

Sure Start, What Future? is a series of reflections on the future of Sure Start under a Conservative Government. It features contributions from MPs such as Tristram Hunt, Sharon Hodgson and Graham Allen, as well as Sure Start professionals and users.

Sure Start, What Future? is an excellent read with a clear consensus on the way forward. The key message is the need to campaign tirelessly for our Children’s Centres. But we need to move beyond the politics of protest, to build new campaigns with the voices of Sure Start users at their very heart.

 

In 2015 Labour candidates for Leader and Deputy Leader wrote exclusively for LFoSS about their vision for Sure Start

Click below or visit our blog page to read what they have to say

Andy Burnham writes on Children's Centres
Andy Burnham writes on Children’s Centres
Mary Creagh writes on Children's Centres
Mary Creagh writes on Children’s Centres
Rushanara Ali writes on Children's Centres
Rushanara Ali writes on Children’s Centres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela Eagle writes on Children's Centres
Angela Eagle writes on Children’s Centres
Stella Creasy writes on Children's Centres
Stella Creasy writes on Children’s Centres
Ben Bradshaw writes on children's centres
Ben Bradshaw writes on Children’s Centres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Watson writes on Children's Centres
Tom Watson writes on Children’s Centres
Caroline Flint writes on Children's Centres
Caroline Flint writes on Children’s Centres
John Healey writes on Children's Centres
John Healey writes on Children’s Centres
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